25 Of The Most F*cked Up Things That Society Accepts As Normal

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It’s not exactly breaking news that the entire world is going to sh*t. I mean, look where we’re at — a narcissistic and ill-informed man-child is running the country, we’re dealing with unprecedented natural disasters, and our social and political doom seems to be looming closer and closer with every new day. The bulk of us are running on reserves and most feel dragged down by the weight of this heavy societal sludge. I mean, our mental health can only withstand so much sh*t before we inevitably crack under The Donald’s tweet storms and flailing hands. Ugh.

And while we’re at it, let’s take a look at all of the other f*cked up things in everyday life that much of society deems normal or acceptable. Level-headed citizens of the world realize that such things as for-profit prison and our pitiful American food system are f*cked up beyond belief, but others continue to blindly eat junk and turn their head the other way when looking at the broken and jilted criminal justice system.

Hopefully one day in the future, we’ll look back on the exorbitantly high cost of college and textbooks and wonder how businesses and corporations ever got away with it all. We’ll look down at the entitled a**holes who once looked down at people with mental health issues. We’ll gasp at hospitals and pharmaceutical companies who charge hundreds of thousands of dollars for diseases and ailments that should be absolutely covered, no questions asked. We’ll have realized that being a d*ck in the morning just because you haven’t had your morning coffee is no way to live and we’ll relish in the fact that people can use logical reasoning and compassion. It will be a wonderful world.

That is, unless the world ends before we get to that point. Best of luck to everyone!

These are 25 of the most f*cked up things society accepts as normal:


The staggering amount of untouched, perfectly good food that restaurants and grocery stores throw away at the end of the day. Meanwhile there are people in the same cities that are starving or feel forced to dumpster dive for a meal.


Keeping animals in tiny cages and not taking care of them properly. I work in a petshop, the majority of people come to us having done no research at all and wanting the animal more as “decoration” or a talking point rather than realizing it’s A LIVING CREATURE that will need plenty of care and (some) can live DECADES if you’re doing a good job. Fish can’t go in bowls, birds need to fly, and the hamster will bite you if you grab it like that


Suicide. It’s the fastest growing cause of death for 15-25 year olds and we’re slowly beginning to, perhaps not accept it as ok, but to see it as normal. A kid committed suicide at my friends school and when I offered to talk to them about it they just said, “no I’ll be fine, this shit happens.”


That we are supposed to look down on people who clean up garbage but look up to people who create garbage.


For profit prisons. I understand the need to incarcerate criminals, and hopefully rehabilitate them where possible, but a corporation getting paid to make as much money off of housing these people is just insane. Logically this will have to lead to worse living conditions, less guards supervising the inmates, and more civil rights violations as the corporation does what it is intended to do and make as much money while charging the customer (the county, state or federal government) the least amount possible. This is one area that Government should be in charge of and not relegate to the lowest bidder.

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.