Though I must admit that Random Shapes has been successful since its inception, I haven't seen any shift in the movement to shatter teen stereotypes. If anything, I seem to be getting more dirty looks, comments, and emails from adults. One thing I've noticed is that nobody seems to pay attention to anything I say, not until they hear the word MySpace. Though I'm preaching against it, their typical response is, "you know there's pedophiles on that site, right, it's no place for a kid like you!" Hello, have you been listening to anything I just said?
I guess this is partly my fault though. I've just entered my emo/headbanger stage, what with the black clothing, heavy skateboarding accessories, and the people I've befriended. These things combined are enough to have me stared down by any adult, to the point where I want to do one of two things; stand up and start shouting obscenities at random adults or storm out of the mall, knocking over clothing racks and pushing people to the floor on my way.
I know violence isn't the way to solve anything, but people really need to wake up and realize that I, and many others like me, am a teen, not a stereotype. But to put a foot forward in this movement, I have received some positive encouragement from adults around the world, and the network has reached out to at least a few adults, but I'm still not completely satisfied with the progress. I encourage all teens to stick up for their rights as citizens, I will not be discriminated against because of my age, clothing style, friends, or any other variable for that matter, and I'm not changing for anyone.
Learn to live with the younger generation (who will be taking care of YOU in the years to come) or seclude yourself from society so we don't have to hear you bicker and moan and our choices. Is it really that difficult?