MIL­LEN­NIAL WHOOP

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long Ed­i­tor nlong@gulfnews.com

Iheaved a sigh of re­lief a few weeks ago when Huff­in­g­ton Post fi­nally pin­pointed which gen­er­a­tion I be­long to. I al­ways knew I wasn’t fit­ting into the right one. Case in point: One of my favourite films of all time (check out the sound­track, too) is ’90s clas­sic Re­al­ity Bites. It’s got Wi­nona, Ethan, Ben Stiller, flan­nel shirts and Gen-X ap­a­thy. I love it, but I also knew right away that I didn’t quite fit into the dis­pas­sion­ate Gen­er­a­tion X it por­trayed, although I did fit into their Doc Martens. I was just a few years too young. But no-one called my gen­er­a­tion Gen­er­a­tion Y, or any­thing else, for that mat­ter. We didn’t get a col­lec­tive noun; we just watched Sab­rina The Teenage Witch, My So-Called Life and Ricki Lake and drank a lot of Star­bucks Pump­kin Spice Lat­tes. I did oc­ca­sion­ally won­der about it, in the same day­dream­ing way that you won­der why McDon­alds didn’t sell milk­shakes in the UAE un­til this week (what on earth did peo­ple dip their French fries in be­fore?). Then, along came Mil­len­ni­als, who we all know are de­mand­ing and want things right away, among other fairly in­sult­ing stereo­types. They got a name – and with it, quite the back­lash. Well, I’m an Xen­nial, not that it mat­ters too much be­cause as a mi­cro­gen­er­a­tion, we are a blip on the news cy­cle com­pared to the be­he­moth of pink-wear­ing Snapchat­ting Mil­len­ni­als ready to take over the world that those al­ready in gain­ful em­ploy­ment love to com­plain about. But... what if you could learn some­thing from them? On page 20, Mike Peake rounds up peo­ple from both sides of the gen­er­a­tion gap to dis­cuss what Gen Y (as they are also known) can bring to the con­fer­ence ta­ble. (There’s also a side note on how crusty el­ders can teach some­thing, too.) It wasn’t just so we can cover four pages in Mil­len­nial pink. Else­where in this week­end’s is­sue, we take a look at the is­sue of an­i­mal test­ing in the beauty in­dus­try, which decades af­ter it was first brought to the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion, is sadly still tak­ing place – to­tally un­nec­es­sar­ily. One way to solve it is to use cru­elty-free prod­ucts – we show you how to make the change.

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