Welcome to the new overlords of Zillennial. But try not to laugh at my jeans
My biggest fear is being laughed at by a Zoomer. Some are afraid of death, others of pain. I fear the face of a 16-year-old when I mispronounce the word “cheugy,” which is a descriptor for the kind of deeply uncool Millennial behavior that makes up my life.
A few weeks ago, the Zoomers, also known as Gen Z (i.e. those born after 1996) decreed that skinny jeans and side stripes were no longer cool. Since then, I have been in a paralyzing state of consciousness. What should I do with the seven denim pants I own, all tapered at the ankle? Should I throw them into the fire? Yes, I must!
Skinny jeans are out, according to Zoomers.Credit:iStock
Zoomers have become major. They turned 21 and if the trends are to be believed, they will have celebrated by relaxing with close friends, enjoying a steak and watching amazingly attractive strangers plug in dance-like products on TikTok.
Why am I afraid of these people?
They probably eat more avocados than Millennials. They will never know the courage it takes to bounce on an open trampoline knowing full well that it could dislodge one or more bones from their rightful place in the body at any time. They have no idea that every decade of their life, now, they will complain to their barista about their irritable gut and think out loud if Turkish delicacies are low in FODMAP.
Zoomers know less than they think! But before you call me a bitter and increasingly disconnected geriatric millennial with digestive issues – which I am – know this: Gen Z knows more than we think. Much more. And they’re not afraid to stand up for what they believe is right.
The Zoomers have led the charge on sexism in schools and climate action.Credit:Steven siewert
In Australia, Zoomers led the charge on sexism in schools and climate action. This week, up to 100 students from a high school in Adelaide walked out of the classroom to protest what they say is the school’s sexist culture. They demanded an apology from officials for their lack of action and a revised school-wide approach to sex education. I watched it unfold like a proud aunt [insert cheugy cry-face emoji here].
Also this week in the United States, a Texas high school promotion major came out of the script during a speech attacking her state’s abortion ban, a move that has gone viral on social media. The Pew Research Center found that Generation Z Americans were progressive, educated, pro-government, and more tolerant of diverse ethnicities, sexualities, and genders. They are much more comfortable than other generations (including Millennials) with the use of gender-neutral pronouns, for example.