What the New French President's Win Means for Teens Like Us
We live in a generation that, while seemingly modern, proves itself as a time where racism, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination still exist. Case in point: when Donald Trump, anti-refugee policies and sexist remarks notwithstanding, won the US presidential elections last November. It's a state of mind that has become disturbingly common, as it also applies here in the Philippines. In clinging onto age-old notions, our society promotes double standards that entail catcalling on the streets, punishment for wearing 'distracting' clothing, or disapproval when women speak their minds. And who could forget Senator Sotto's recent "na-ano" debacle?
As Filipino women, we are undoubtedly in two minority categories, making our daily lives more difficult—whether it's working overseas as legal immigrants or being looked down upon daily as the weaker sex. But change just might be looming on the horizon, in the form of France's new president-elect, Emmanuel Macron.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably already heard of Macron, whose landslide win—along with the joyous cheers of thousands of flag-waving French—was broadcasted live to the world last Sunday, May 7.
Now that he's poised to take office on May 14, various news sites have begun painting him as a beacon of hope for French politics, the European Union (EU), and the whole world in general. But why?
To understand that, let's first introduce Macron who, at just 39, is the youngest French leader since Napoleon. His first bid as civil servant was in 2012, where he served as the Élysée's deputy secretary-general. In 2014, he was appointed Minister of Economy and Finance. But it was only in 2016 when Macron founded the independent, liberal, and progressive political party En Marche (French for "On the Move")—subsequently drawing criticism from the public, as well as then-president Hollande himself. On November 16, Macron formally declared his candidacy—and the rest is history. (via TheTelegraph.co.uk)
Although there were several politicians in the running, the race ultimately boiled down to two candidates: Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, with the latter being a traditional rightist against immigrants. It's easy to see why several thought that France would follow the path America did when it came to choosing between the anti-immigrant Trump and pro-refugee Clinton; however, Macron actually won, garnering 66.1% of the vote. This brings to light the aspects that differentiate Macron from other notoriously degenerate world leaders like Trump and Putin: his relative open-mindedness and willingness for change.
Identifying as a centrist, Macron's ideologies are similar to that of Clinton's. Neither anti-capitalist nor anti-socialist, centrism strikes a balance between the two—subsequently allowing harmonious growth for both employee and employer. He advocates for minorities—for women and for refugees, and promises that France will remain in the European Union—a decision which will have positive economical benefits for all.
Identifying as a centrist, Macron's ideologies are similar to that of Clinton's. Neither anti-capitalist nor anti-socialist, centrism strikes a balance between the two—subsequently allowing harmonious growth for both employee and employer.
In this era of social media, sexism, and Syrian refugees, Macron's victory is refreshing—a sign of the changing times. His political stance and unbiased outlook support justice for the so-called "least" in society—the poor, the female, and the immigrants. Much like the win of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose social advocacies have received praise and support, Macron's victory is living proof that despite all the misogynistic and racist flak we often receive online, much of the world still believes in the greater good of equality for all.
In this era of social media, sexism, and Syrian refugees, Macron's victory is refreshing—a sign of the changing times. His political stance and unbiased outlook support justice for the so-called "least" in society—the poor, the female, and the immigrants.
Furthermore, Macron isn't willing to repeat the mistakes other world leaders have made before him, vowing in his acceptance speech, "I will work with determination and with due respect for everyone, because through work, school and culture, we will build a better future." Macron has promised to start anew for the fate of tomorrow, in a way that respects all types of people, and in a manner that can create a positive impact on the whole world. And that way of thinking is just the kind of light our generation needs to save itself from darkness.
"I will work with determination and with due respect for everyone, because through work, school and culture, we will build a better future." —Emmanuel MacronADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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Hi! It's been so long since I planned to post my story in another platform aside from wattpad and now here I am, hoping that my story can be featured here.
My story is entitle "Who Are You," it's a tagalog-english teen fiction story so I hope, those filipinos who visit here can read my story!
WHO ARE YOU: PRELUDE
Sinungaling na ba ako kung sasabihin ko sa inyo ang pangalan ko? Hindi ako sure kung anong sasabihin kong pangalan ko pero may nagsasabi sa aking wag nalang magpakilala sa inyo.
May gusto lang naman akong itanong... Paano kung may makilala ka sa kasalukuyan na nagpapaalala sayo sa nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang nakilala mo sa kasalukuyan ay may tinatago pa lang sikreto na kahit siya mismo ay walang alam pero may kinalaman sa iyong nakaraan? Anong gagawin mo kung ang dalawang ito ay may koneksyon? Anong pipiliin mo? Ang nakilala mo sa nakaraan? O ang nagpakilala bilang ibang tao sa kasalukuyan? Past? Or Present?
There was this guy I dated for a while but things didn't turn out well. I was so into him that one night I can't stop thinking about him, I've decided to send his MOM a message on facebook confessing how much I like her son. I wish it ended there but no. I had to make it so emotional, lengthy and detailed like the drama queen I am. Luckily, it went to message request so I'm hoping she hasn't really read it yet. Up until this day it makes me cringe whenever I think about it but hey, whenever it pops in my mind I make myself laugh too so thank you self for being unbelievably shameless and brave when it comes to love. I may age faster because I have made a lot of cringe-worthy moments that I constantly make faces out of embarrassment just reflecting on my antics but I know I've made more hilarious memories than what ifs and somehow that makes the disappointments feel more like assurances that I have gave it my all and I have lived as honest (maybe a little to honest) as I could. #ItsOnlyNatural #CanBnatural
I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!