On Sunday Refinery29 ran a piece on an anonymous 21-year-old female living in NYC as apart of a discussion to find out how millennials spend their money. The piece covers the way she manages money in her daily life, which would be relatively helpful to most kids out there trying to make it.
That tone quickly shifts, however, when it's revealed that her monthly expenses are next to zero due to the fact that her parents are paying for almost everything (including a monthly allowance). After this twist is uncovered, the post seems to become a laughable joke about living the life of luxury while spending her "hard-earned money" on smoothie bowls and weekends at the Hamptons.
Twitter was quick to point out the fault with Refinary29 for advertising the post as "living on $25 an hour." Tweets ranged from questioning Refinery29 and their intentions to just assuming the writers were being sarcastic and insensitive. And this criticism and confusion are well warranted, as the piece opens up with the following paragraph:
"Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period --- and we're tracking every last dollar."
In particular, calling out the issues "facing modern working women" and commenting on how they budget their "hard-earned dollars" seems to just add insult to injury for women who are actually busting their butts to make it all on their own.
To top it all off, the girl often talks about hardly working at her internship, detailing getting in late, taking many breaks, doing some online shopping, and at one point she details: "1:05 p.m. --- I sit around and do nothing until my 3 p.m. meeting." Her following "work from home day" fairs far worse (or better) as she probably only squeezes in about two hours of actual work between breakfast with her bae, hot yoga, and packing for a weekend trip with the girls.
Refinery29 ultimately altered the title to include that she also receives $1,000 dollars a month, but this still fails to describe the content for what it is. A better title might be "The Way To Have Everything And Still Complain About It, A Millennial's Story."
What do you think? Did you gain anything from reading about how she spends her days relaxing and eating $23 avocado wraps?