So what is it about Millennials that seem to tick so many people off? Maybe we don't like to see that we are aging, and so we begrudge the current young generation for flaunting it in our face. The clothing restrictions being placed in many schools and workplaces around the country target women for the most part. Women are viewed as temptresses threatening the social order we try to establish. We don't go as far as the Taliban by imposing burqas on them, but dress codes are becoming more and more strict in America, and young persons are doing what they do naturally -- rebel.
As a result, Millennials, and what I guess you could call post-Millennials, are being publicly shamed for their insolence. The more rules we try to impose, the more they rebel, and why shouldn't they? You wanted to know why The 100 is so popular. We have always taken to the streets, or the woods in this case, when we don't think the rules are fair.
I think the issue is deeper than booty shorts and goes to the core of the individualist identity that has emerged among teens and young adults. They don't define themselves by our rules, they don't align themselves with our political views and for the most part have shrugged their shoulders at religion. Millennials flocked to Bernie in this election cycle because he recognized their independent nature. For the political establishment that is a bad thing because the usual tropes don't apply to Millennials. The majority political parties actually have to work to get their votes.
This is a generation that has seen nothing but entrenchment and constant bickering in politics over the past three decades and yet we are upset they are more cynical than we would like them to be. They have had to endure this constant nattering at home, at school and in the workplace and basically said, "fuck it." I don't think many of them would have even bothered with this election cycle had not Bernie pitched up, but he has given them a platform to express their discontent and we don't like it.
Parents get upset when their kids tell them to shut up, but you see more and more of that these days. I don't think that is necessarily a bad thing because we say a lot of stupid shit and they have to hear it day in and day out. Maybe if we stopped to listen to our kids rather than constantly berate them for speaking out of line, we might find out they aren't so different than we were when we were young.