Saturday, August 4, 2012

E is for Ephebiophobia

Does this picture send chlls down your spine?
Yes, one of those funny phobia words. You can laugh at them once and then forget how to spell it forever. Ephebiophobia, or the irrational fear of teenagers, can affect anybody. Teenagers included. I read recently about a teenaged girl who had to be homeschooled because she couldn't tolerate being around people her own age.
Even people who don't necessasrily have ephebiophobia can develop fear of young people. Usually, the first image to come to mind when you say "teenager" will look more like this:

Fear of youth can escalate into prejudice, discrimination, intolerance, restriction movements, and media-spread fear of teenagers gaining any sort of power in the world. So basically, it's synonymous with ageism.
When you look at it, that's what's behind almost every form of discrimination. Fear.
Memo to all adults out there: If you're going to develop a fear of something, at least make it good. Like this:

Or this:

Or perhaps this:

Not this:

We're too boring to be terrifying.

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