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What the New French President's Win Means for Teens Like Us

This is what the newly-elected president of France, Emmanuel Macron's win means for our generation.
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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.

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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?

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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 Macron

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A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender

Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.

Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.

It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.

Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"

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