A Florida woman was arrested last week for whipping her millennial stepson in the “buttock area” with a leather belt after he missed his curfew, according to a police affidavit.
Valerie Lee Branch-Galloway, 42, gave the 26-year-old man a choice when he came home 30 minutes late, police said: Either he take his “licks” or she would tell his father.
The man, who had been living with his dad and stepmom for the past three months, opted for the beating. But he apparently had second thoughts after it began.
“The victim stated he was then struck 11 times with a leather belt and finally told [Branch-Galloway] to stop,” the police report said.
She allegedly responded, “No, you have 19 more.”
Branch-Galloway denied that her stepson had asked her to stop the beating.
Police observed bruising on the victim’s “lower right back and hip area.” Authorities charged Branch-Galloway with misdemeanor domestic battery.
Millennial development arrested
Critics have derided millennials as a generation of entitled snowflakes who collectively suffer from a bad case of arrested development. Hence the stereotype of the basement-dwelling thirty-something with an unhealthy reliance on his parents.
These sorts of deadbeats of course exist. But some experts have argued that millennials are getting a bad rap, when the truly problematic generations came before and after them.
In his 2019 book, “Theft of a Decade: How the Baby Boomers Stole the Millennials’ Economic Future,” Wall Street Journalist editorial board member Joe Sternberg has argued that that millennials’ parents left them a broken economy thanks to self-serving neoliberal policies.
Meanwhile, Jean M. Twenge, a San Diego State University psychology professor, wrote in a 2017 Atlantic essay that “iGen” is where he has “noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states.” According to the data, the first generation raised on smartphones is the one cowering in the basement, or at least indoors.
“More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been, he said. “But the allure of independence, so powerful to previous generations, holds less sway over today’s teens, who are less likely to leave the house without their parents. The shift is stunning: 12th-graders in 2015 were going out less often than eighth-graders did as recently as 2009.”