Never heard this one before:

Will millennials be the generation that breaks the cycle of intergenerational warfare? This generation, whose oldest members are reaching the first years of their thirties and whose youngest members are still teens, has been examined and dissected thoroughly, and a picture of their “character” has come out. Conclusion: The kids are alright. As a group, millennials are more optimistic, kinder, team-oriented, more confident, and more responsible than their forebears. Even Joel Stein’s cover story for Time last week, which was supposed to paint a negative picture of millennials, ended up making them look pretty good, concluding that they’re “earnest and optimistic” and even “financially responsible.”

So why are millennials doing so well as people, even if the crappy economy is making it hard for them to get a good start in life? There are a lot of theories floating out there: That they benefit from the relative wealth of the technocratic society they grew up in, or that they grew up in a “trophy for every kid” environment that made them all feel special. But what these theories overlook is one of the biggest changes between millennials and the generations before. Their mothers are the first women to fully embrace the implications of the feminist revolution. When the millennials were born, the battles over reproductive rights, women in the workplace, and no-fault divorce had been won by feminists, and the kids that grew up in this feminist-friendly environment have reaped the rewards.



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