The social roots of adultism are supported by the belief that society exists in order to promote overconsumption, the accumulation of wealth, and increased status/perception. If you want things to stay the way they are and for our social system to continuously reinforce the power of the powerful, while making sure the powerless don’t get that power, then adultism is good, right, acceptable, promotable, and necessary, everywhere, all the time.
My Role In Struggling Against Adultism
Adultism is bias towards adults, reflected by society’s addiction to adults. If you believe that decisions throughout society should be made by adults just because of their age, you are supporting adultism. I DO, so I am an adultist, and I acknowledge that. All adults are, simply because there are many things we agree adults should run. But that’s because we’re adults. I’m not saying it’s inherently wrong or bad; I’m just saying it exists at all, and I’m working to raise awareness of it.
Understanding the social roots of adultism is merely a first step towards re-envisioning our society. From there, there are concrete and actionable steps every adult and every young person can take.