Job Searching

I found the Last of Us on pre-order on my PS4 today, AND ALSO LEGO HOBBIT which I did not know was coming out, and then poof, it exists and impulsively jumped on craigslist to find, I don’t know, depression? apparently.

Seriously, entry level work requires more than entry-level specifications. I’m always surprised at how much stuff I would otherwise be qualified for has things like BA required,…

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theashleyclements

Most girls are relentlessly told that we will be treated how we demand to be treated. If we want respect, we must respect ourselves.

This does three things. Firstly, it gets men off the hook for being held accountable for how they treat women. And secondly, it makes women feel that the mistreatment and sometimes outright violence they face due to their gender is primarily their fault. And thirdly, it positions women to be unable to speak out against sexism because we are made to believe any sexism we experience would not have happened if we had done something differently.

I cannot demand a man to respect me. No more than I can demand that anybody do anything. I can ask men to be nice to me. But chances are if I even have to ask he does not care to be nice. I can express displeasure when I’m not being respected. But that doesn’t solve the issue that I was disrespected in the first place.

I can choose to not deal with a man once he proves to be disrespectful and/or sexist. But even that does not solve the initial problem of the fact that I had to experience being disrespected in the first place.

As a young girl, I wish that instead of being told that I needed to demand respect from men that I had been told that when I am not respected by men that it’s his fault and not mine. But that would require that we quit having numerous arbitrary standards for what it means to be a “respectable” woman. It would mean that I am not judged as deserving violence based on how I speak, what I wear, what I do, and who I am.

connorpark

Sorting Hogwarts: Charting a Deeper Meaning to the Four Houses

connorpark:

Part One: The Problem of A Single Sorting

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Let us recognize on the outset is that The Harry Potter Narrative is just that—Harry’s school story. Harry is Sorted Gryffindor in the first book and aside from some Parseltongue drama in Chamber, his status is never really in doubt. Since it’s a boarding school story, the characters surrounding and upholding Harry are almost all exclusively those from within his House, Gryffindor. That’s where the first challenge to the Textual Sorting arises.

Rowling is a great writer of character when she sets out to sketch someone she wants to spend a great deal of time with. She wants you to care. So if all of her primary characters all acted and sounded alike, you’d get bored, REAL BORED, real quick. So there’s a diverse and abundant set of Gryffindor characters that travel with you from beginning to (in many cases, untimely) end. (RIP Remus Lupin. RIP Fred Weasley.). We’re told on the outset that Gryffindor means Courage (“Where dwell the brave at heart,/Their daring, nerve, and chivalry/Set Gryffindors apart;”) and so condition ourselves to interpret this diversity through that one lens.

The problem?

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What’s Patreon and why is it a thing?

What’s Patreon and why is it a thing?

Background

I am a 20-something former homeschooler who lived a very very sheltered life in the name of religion. I practically raised my 7 siblings and was trained to be a perfect house-wife/homeschool mother (regardless of actually having no desire to be either). That changed after I turned 18, moved out, and discovered everything that was hidden, banned, or just…

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