Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has slammed The Economist for running a magazine story suggesting that millennials were having less sex because of female empowerment.
The 29-year-old freshman congresswoman tweeted in response to The Economists video of the story on Sunday evening.
“If you think your celibacy is due to female empowerment, maybe its because far too many people relied on the disempowerment + silence of women to not be celibate in the first place,” she said.
In an article published earlier this month, titled “No sex please, were millennials,” The Economist cited data that 23% of Americans ages 18 to 29 last year reported having no sex in the past 12 months.
The magazine attributed the changes to the accessibility of free porn on smartphones, people prioritizing careers over romance, and increased female empowerment in sexual politics.
It tied the final point to changes since women increasingly started speaking up about sexual misconduct after the #MeToo movement took Hollywood and politics by storm almost two years ago.
Another country notably facing an abstinence problem — which The Economist also discussed — is Japan, which analysts say is a “demographic time bomb.”
Japan is grappling with an aging population and labor market, while young people are getting married less and having less sex.
“They would hold up these bigoted signs and they would hold up signs that said things like What about white rights? and all of this stuff in the 1950s and 1960s, so just know that in the present day there are a lot of people who hide the fact that their families and that their grandparents fought against principles of equal rights in the United States, not 100 years ago, not 80 years ago, but in this generations lifetime,” said the elected rep.
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The country also has half a million “hikikomori,” a Japanese term referring to people suffering from a psychological condition that causes them to shut themselves at home and avoid social contact.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., compared the Republican Party to one of the most well-known television characters over the last decade: Dwight Schrute from NBC’s “The Office.”
Its the idea that if you choose to have any expense beyond mere animalistic survival — an iced coffee, a cab after a 18hr shift on your feet — you deserve suffering, eviction, or skipped medicine, Ocasio-Cortez wrote, explaining to her 4.2 million Twitter followers why it was such a bad tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez likened the GOP to the character because the party has a “technique” to take “dry humor” and “sarcasm” literally and fact check it, she tweeted Sunday.
“This is a technique of the GOP, to take dry humor + sarcasm literally and 'fact check” it,' the freshman Congresswoman tweeted. Like the ‘world ending in 12 years’ thing, you’d have to have the social intelligence of a sea sponge to think it’s literal. But the GOP is basically Dwight from The Office so who knows.”
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“When we say ‘tax the rich,’ we mean nesting-doll yacht rich. For-profit prison rich. Betsy DeVos, student-loan-shark rich,” she tweeted, adding “Because THAT kind of rich is simply not good for society, & it’s like 10 people.”