Teen Identity Politics: We Should Hope For More
That's me in high school. And yes, I was a nerd. I still am, to some extent. When I first saw the movie Revenge Of The Nerds, I definitely identified with Gilbert and Louis more than I did with the picture-perfect cheerleaders, I always got good grades, teachers liked me, I was socially awkward and I never got into trouble. I did not seek out this definition of myself; that's just how it was. Sure, I had other interests besides school. And they didn't necessarily align with anyone else's. Firmly entrenched under the nerd umbrella, I still retained my individuality. Even now, my hobbies and opinions are based on Tanya the Individual, not Tanya the Nerd.
I watch various videos on YouTube that feature different social groups of young people, and it concerns me. It seems many of today's youth are more interested in placing a label on themselves, and calling it a day. I have not seen many teens depicted who seek to step outside of these labels and find who the