I am so sad right now that there was a reason to dig this back up. In memory of Rich Cronin from the wonderful 90s boyband of my dreams, LFO, I present to you, my friends, Summer Girls by LFO: A Pictorial Post. This was originally created late one nostalgia-filled night in 2006 while avoiding homework, and hopefully it’ll make other people who are sad over the loss smile.
Obviously, this is image heavy. If you’d like a link to the music while you’re going, the video can be found here.
“Summer Girls” by LFO
Yeah… I like it when the girls stop by.. In the summer
Do you remember
Do you remember
…when we met..that summer
[Chorus:] New Kids On The Block had a bunch of hits
makes me sick
And I think it’s fly
stop by for the summer, for the summer I like girls that wear Abercrombie and Fitch
Just saw this on twitter. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY ALL PEOPLE WHO WORK RETAIL CAN AFFORD TO JUST TAKE A DAY OFF and probably lose their job to ~strike a blow~. For fuck’s sake.
What the fuck. Not coming in on Black Friday when you work retail is pretty much an insta-fired offense. Where the hell do they get these people? You can tell most of them have never actually worked retail in their lives.
More anti worker bullshit.
Also how is it ever helpful to recommend to people who are probably already poor, that they go ahead and lose that job?
Are you serious dood?
And that’s how the system is designed, to make you feel dependent on it.
This is up there with being mad at protesters for blocking you from making it to work.
Who should you be mad at, the protester working against a corrupt system, or the corporation cutting hours, laying people off, cutting benefits, all while collecting more and more money?
Besides the fact that I’m sure you could easily take a sick day. The only reason to make excuses not to do it is if you’re afraid. Because if you weren’t, if you didn’t care, you wouldn’t take issue with the idea in the first place, and could just brush it off.
“Besides the fact that I’m sure you could easily take a sick day”
“the only reason to make excuses not to do it is if you’re afraid”
AHAHAHAHAHAHAH. You just have no fucking idea how working in jobs like retail works, do you?
Take your epic class privilege and shove it up your arse.
dashingbilly, please go work shit-end retail for a few months, complete with pressure and stress and shitty customers and long hours - if they give you enough hours - or barely any hours so you’re struggling to make ends meet, and also work through the Xmas season at any retail business and then you look me in the eye and you fucking tell me “I’m sure you could easily take a sick day” on fucking BLACK FRIDAY and that choosing not to FUCKING LOSE YOUR JOB “FOR THE CAUSE” is just “making excuses” because “you’re afraid”.
Spoken like someone who has never been dependent on a shitty retail job in their life.
To clarify: Most retail jobs do not HAVE “sick days.” ”Sick days” are an artifact of middle- and upper-class jobs, and even then, they are often quite minimal; my spouse has avoided taking any this year because he’s going to need pretty much every single one that he’ll have banked by February in order to take a week off when our daughter is born (not having worked at the company for a year, he is ineligible for family medical leave, the only federally mandated leave that can be used for paternity leave). Similarly, a manager in retail work, even if in a salaried full-time position, cannot afford to squander a sick day, much less in a way that is guaranteed to piss off their superiors and make retribution likely.
But forget that, anyway, because the vast majority of retail workers are not in middle-class jobs. The vast majority of people working retail jobs are not actually full-time employees; they are kept at 39.5 hours (or fewer) in perpetuity, to avoid having to follow labor laws that only apply to full-time employees (such as having to pay benefits or provide any kind of leave at all). Working at Taco Bell as a teenager, I witnessed an adult co-worker get screamed at by our manager for going over 80 hours in two weeks and thus costing the company for overtime, and risking the possibility of being reclassified. I don’t know if her hours were subsequently drastically cut, but they might well have been.
Similarly, a retail worker who calls in sick for a scheduled shift, even one that isn’t considered high volume and crucial, is taking a risk—often a very high one—that they will see all their hours disappear from the next schedule, because the manager can find someone else who will work through a 103-degree fever if instructed to do so.
Because, see, retail workers hardly ever get “fired.” They just lose all their hours, or are given the worst, least desirable hours, until they effectively no longer work there. This allows management to circumvent even the tiny possibility that a wrongful termination suit could be brought (as if the majority of retail workers have the resources to do that).
THIS A THOUSAND TIMES THIS. I forgot to mention that. “Sick days” are not something the vast majority of associate-level retail workers even get, in the sense of “paid day off”. Only at the manager or above level do you accrue paid time off, and so for most retail workers, if you can’t/don’t want to come in on a given day, you call in and you just don’t get paid for the hours you would have worked that day. So you’re (as in the person who tweeted this, also dashingbilly and anyone who agrees with them) not only asking retail workers to risk losing their jobs, you’re asking them to sacrifice a day’s pay as well. And let me tell you, when you’re working that level of retail, odds are you really can’t afford to lose even the $50-60 takehome pay you’d have gotten for that day. That’s a week or two of groceries, or two tanks of gas to get you to and from work, or a good chunk of your electrical or water bill for the month, or your phone or internet bill.
Also, like cabell said, if you call in, you can expect subtle punishment for it. Even if you don’t get yelled at - and you probably will, because that’s just how it is - you will see your hours diminished, or your manager will punitively assign you the worst shifts, make you work every weekend for the next month, or spread out what paltry hours you get over every day so you can’t get a full damn day off for weeks (actually happened to one of my co-managers when our district manager tried to push her out of the store while she was pregnant; she was given half-shifts *every day* for almost a full month). And all of these tactics are totally legal, too; complaining about them will just get you written up for backtalk (that’s not how they phrase it, but that’s essentially the offense) and put your job even further in jeopardy. Retail managers know they have their bottom-level employees over a barrel in terms of dependence, even more so in this economy and job market, and they actively take advantage of it, because corporate pushes them to do it.
These are the same retail jobs I see requiring employees to work on Thanksgiving day until 9, leave & be back at midnight or 6 am. I don’t know why anyone would look at those kinds of store hours & think the people working there had many options. Well I do know why, but it doesn’t involve the use of critical thinking skills or any knowledge about what it means to be the working poor.
Reblogging for excellent commentary.
In addition to what everyone else said about retail jobs — so like, you know it’s possible to be mad at more than one person and/or thing at a time, right, dashingbilly?
On top of what everyone else said, dude, do these people have any fucking idea how a real strike works? My father is a labor activist, when I tell him about this when he gets home tonight, he will just start laughing his ass off. Workers not showing up for their Black Friday shifts is only going to hurt the WORKERS. Protestors camping out in stores will only hurt the WORKERS.
The reason that big retailers are so against their workers unionizing is because a good union would know how to organize these activities effectively, so that the consequences aren’t “well, you’re fired, and we already got someone else lined up to replace you.”
If you think the Romione release gif behind scenes is anything, you are forgetting Harmony has an extended version which means it beats all kisses. They also haven’t released any footage of Dan and Emma kissing or have shown the full kiss and how they did it. I am laughing so hard now because Romione fans are excited and harmony has more then what we saw and its not out yet. Once they release Harry and Hermione, your dreams of Romione will be shattered.
why do you hate romione so much? seriously, it’s freaky.
lol how can my dreams of Romione be shattered? They get married, remember?
I hate that I can’t even really think of YA heroines who fit outside that box other than a couple that I recognize in this list of eleven. Maybe we can get a list going? Clearly I need to add stuff to my to-read pile.
I’m not sure whether Ellen Kushner’s The Privilege of the Sword was marketed as Young Adult, but its teen protagonist, Katherine (who is white) spends most of the book discovering/accepting her queer sexuality (and also learning fencing).
All of the characters in Eon, by Alison Goodman, are Asian, including the protagonist, who disguises herself as a boy to become a Dragoneye. She is straight, but one of the main supporting characters is a transgendered woman! (SPOILER WARNING though: the book has a ~magical healing~ towards the end, which disappointed me.)
Kestrel in the Wind on Fire trilogy by William Nicholson is canonically asexual (and white).
Deeba, the surprise heroine of Un Lun Dun by China Mieville, is Asian (and a kid with non-explicit sexual orientation, which I am taking to mean POTENTIALLY QUEER.)
Fire, from Kristin Cashore’s YA novel of the same name, is (white and) A MONSTER and canonically queer/bisexual! (This book is also FABULOUS w/r/t discussions of gender and rape culture through a fantasy lens.)
Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi, has a male protagonist, but all of the characters are of color, including the female lead, whom I loved immensely.
Many people on Tumblr I think have already read Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan series, and both of its protagonists are white and straight, but I am recommending for Lilit, a primary character in the second novel, who is queer and of color and the most wonderful girl I ever.
And I saw someone else recommend Girl of Fire & Thorns by Rae Carson, but I’d like to warn that the main character, Elisa, loathes herself and her body until she treks across the desert and loses a lot of weight, which I found a really upsetting message.
And here is a rec list (not by me) of books w/ main queer characters:
I’ve always kind of known this, and it was a big part of why I always said i was a Ravenclaw even though some friends of mine VERY ADAMANTLY pegged me as a Hufflepuff, but god, I am an unbearably nosy person and sometimes I’m not sure how people deal with me, because I can’t even deal with my own nosiness, like how right now I can’t stand that a friend of mine isn’t online to answer the questions I have to ask her because I need to know ALL THE THINGS. And this is about relatively unimportant, RP-related things, too. And this is why I end up reading things like Wikipedia entries about uses of boron. I can’t stand not to know. If only I dedicated these brain cells to useful things instead of gossip, pop culture trivia, and knowing everything ever about Harry Potter.
RE: MY LAST POST ON THIS. I decided to quote the specific parts that I got really pissed off about back when this happened. THE MOST JARRING “LOL WHITE FAUXGRESSIVES” I’VE EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH IN THIS FANDOM.
I am starting to wonder why bright young women of color would identify with Lily. After all, her situation is not at all like theirs. They may well suffer low-level prejudice everywhere they go. Anyone can tell, by looking at another person, whether they are primarily of European, Asian, or African descent. And far too many people make judgements about others based on their ancestry. I can completely understand why these fans get outraged by young Sev’s yelling “Mudblood” if they equate it with the “n” word.
But - it’s really not equivalent. And Lily’s situation is not in the least like theirs. She suffers no prejudice in the WW at large - yes, there is a fair-sized group whose leader wants to oppress Muggleborns, but, for most of her life, that group is not in power. No one can tell, by looking at her, whether she is Muggleborn or not. She is pretty, popular, talented, and apparently near the top of her class, at least in Potions. She would seem, as a girl, to have several friends, and not one, but at least two, bright and talented boys are after her. Her Potions professor loves her, and, since she becomes a prefect and is Head Girl, her other professors must think well of her. In short, she does not suffer from constant, low-level prejudice wherever she goes. On the contrary, she seems quite privileged, happy, and sure of her place in the Wizarding World. She’s a queen bee.
So I really, really, don’t see why those young women identify with her so strongly, while failing to identify with Sev or any other character with Muggle (not Muggleborn) descent.
Lol I would make a long ass commentary about how being well liked doesn’t make you less marginalized in a society, especially a society in which a fringe extremist group was gaining power, and how it is not a middle aged white woman’s place to condescend me and a couple of my other friends who are poc and empathize with lily but I’m gonna hold back. Also, I think we’re pretty fucking well aware that our situation that we experience with systematic racism is different than a fictional prejudice that a fictional character experiences but ty white lady, ty.
Reading this, I am now reminded of some other tomfoolery I saw on LJ about how it makes more sense for POC to identify with the DEATH EATERS — because they’re the ones ‘fighting the power’ or some shit like that. Yeah, because as a POC, and specifically a WOC, I’m really going to identify with what is presented in book canon as a group of mostly aristocratic white men who are obvious white supremacist and Nazi analogues who want to round up and kill a marginalised people because of their birth, ancestry, and a belief that they don’t belong in ‘their’ world because they’re ‘invading’ from another one and polluting it.
And going back to the text, I think it’s pretty obvious that ‘Mud-blood’ is supposed to be the worst slur a Muggle-born can be called, given how characters to react to it — namely the scene in CoS when Draco flings it at Hermione; the film tones it down by just having everyone gasp and stand around (and I blame that somewhat for how much a lot of fandom thinks it’s supposed to be no big deal and just mildly rude), but the Gryffindors lose their shit in the book. And last I checked, while the Death Eaters weren’t officially in power during Lily’s time, they were fucking torturing and killing people like her every day — that’s not oppression now? And considering Hermione and Kingsley work after the war to eradicate pro-Pure-blood laws and Ministry corruption, there IS institutional discrimination against those who aren’t Pure-blood, even if JKR wasn’t specific about it.
And yeah, maybe Muggle-borns don’t look different visually, but the wizarding world is small and it seems like lots of people know each other — and Muggle-borns can probably still give themselves away in terms of cultural slips and whatnot that reveal that they didn’t grow up their entire life in the magical world, and then in DH, if you can’t prove your ancestry, you’re screwed.
Also — we POC just face ‘low-level prejudice’ out in the real world? If that isn’t naivety and white privilege right there to be able to think and say such a thing, I don’t know what is.
Man, I’m still not really used to using Missing E and just accidentally reblogged this without meaning to, especially without saying anything, even if it was just applauds.gif, but now that I’ve done it, I guess I may as well, especially as Snapefen just piss me the hell off. Who the heck is any white person to tell POC who they should or shouldn’t identify with as a part of a marginalized group.
I mean, come on, man, ‘mudblood’ is clearly meant to have the same kind of power as a real-world slur like the n-word. Since this gets talked about a lot, and I missed doing it during the last discussion like this on tumblr, can we just look at how people react to ‘mudblood’ in canon, accepting Snape’s Worst Memory?
"No one asked your opinion, you filthy little Mudblood," [Draco] spat.
Harry knew at once that Malfoy had said something really bad because there was an instant uproar at his words. Flint had to dive in front of Malfoy to stop Fred and George jumping on him, Alicia shrieked, “How dare you!” ; and Ron plunged his hand into his robes, pulled out his wand, yelling, “You’ll pay for that one, Malfoy!” and pointed it furiously under Flint’s arm at Malfoys face.
Chamber of Secrets, page 96 (American hardcover)
That’s not the way that people would react to a word that’s mildly rude, is it? No, it’s clearly deeply offensive.
A little while later, they discuss with Hagrid what ‘mudblood’ means:
"Malfoy called Hermione something - it must’ve been really bad, because everyone went wild.”
"It was bad," said Ron hoarsely, emerging over the tabletop looking pale and sweaty. “Malfoy called her `Mudblood,’ Hagrid -“
Ron dived out of sight again as a fresh wave of slugs made their appearance. Hagrid looked outraged.
"He didn’!" he growled at Hermione.
"He did," she said. "But I don’t know what it means. I could tell it was really rude, of course -“
“It’s about the most insulting thing he could think of,” gasped Ron.
Emphasis mine. Hagrid is outraged, Ron says it’s the most insulting thing Draco could think of.
Now, we have in the Snape’s Worst Memory scene, this interesting bit, said by James:
"What?" yelped James. "I’d NEVER call you a - you-know-what!"
I can’t find my hardcover copy of OotP so I can’t check the pagination, but we all know what scene this is anyway.
It’s interesting to me that James is reluctant even to say the word ‘mudblood.’ That should also be an indication of just how taboo ‘mudblood’ is. And people are still saying that JKR isn’t drawing a direct parallel with the power of the n-word, even if getting too literal with the allegories is problematic as almost all Muggleborns in HP are white, and some people probably wouldn’t count Dean as one even if I would.
Furthermore, if you go through the rest of the books, here are some other words that ‘mudblood’ is closely associated with: dirt, filth, slime, scum. Hermione is referred to multiple times as “the mudblood,” at times to her face. It’s degrading and dehumanizing and hugely offensive.
I don’t know by what definition a violent group of bigots wanting to — and eventually succeeding in — killing you is ‘low level’ prejudice, whatever that means. Lily lived through the first war. Since it started about 1970, it would have colored all of her interactions in the wizarding world, from the day she arrived at Hogwarts until the night that she died. And that’s without talking about things like her professors being surprised she was at all gifted and her ‘best friend’ hanging out with people who hated her for her birth.
God, I can’t imagine why POC would want to identify with a woman who was a good student and popular and well-liked in SPITE of the prejudices she faced as a marginalized person, someone everyone seems to remember with love and fondness — even the poor, woobified dude Snapefen try to build up by tearing her down.
This got really long, but ugh, I just fucking hate Snapefen. (Note: that’s not to say I hate Snape fans, I hate the assholes who defend every single thing he does in the books and tear down other characters with frequently misogynistic, bigotry apologist arguments to do so.)
When I saw this post, I tried to read it but I couldn’t understand what the fuck it was trying to say, so even though I thought it sounded like a ally-cookie begging whitesplanation I left it. I do thank you for addressing it, because it bugged me and I couldn’t figure out why.
Apologies if this is only semi-coherent, as I have the flu at the moment and it has made articulating myself more of an effort than it usually is.
Since this whole thing was about cookie-seeking, I want to make it clear that I do NOT expect or want a response or a cookie. People will still think I suck and I understand that.
But, reading over what I wrote, and reading the criticism, I can see that what I said WAS very white-centric, even self-centered and me-centric and whiny, and that I was showing my privilege in spades. I’m sorry that I did that, and that doing so hurt feelings and triggered and basically sucked.
I’ll have more to say about this later, but what really gets to me in terms of racism is how fans wouldn’t DARE make George not the real father instead, or have any of the other Weasley parents not be their own children’s biological parents for the sake of making them not-white — but it’s totally okay to deny a Black woman the maternity of her own children that are canonically hers, because all-white Anglo babies are just better and she could never be a real Weasley if she’s not white anyway, right? Ugh.
It’s gross. No one has any objections to other epilogue pairings. I think that people have this really weird idea about what Weasleys ‘should’ be and that should be red-haired and freckled and someone mixed race couldn’t possibly be a Weasley, I want to PB a pretty white person! Note that, even when black actors and actresses are used for Fred and Roxanne, George and Angelina seem to be the most likely couple to be written as divorced or separated.
Though this conversation does make me want to play Roxanne.
While I don’t expect/want to see naked shot or anything and as much as I respect and love the fact that Bonnie is so pure, it annoys the crap out of me that her character:
Got 1 boyfriend (Ben does NOT count)
Got screwed over 2 times for the same girl (yes, I do mean Anna)
Is 90% of the time dressed in a somehow conservative way.
Now with the whole Jeremy emotionally cheating on her with a ghost crapstoryline, how do you expect Bonnie to:
Trust men again?
(Thus) get a love scene? (especially if it’s going to be the very first)
I stumbled on this on Kat Graham’s tumblr tag, and it was really interesting to me, because it wasn’t something I had really thought about, but I’m sort of left wondering if the writers have consciously chosen to write Bonnie this way because they’re very aware of some very ugly stereotypes about black women and how they are constantly over-sexualized. Considering how I think they’ve done a pretty good job of avoiding Bonnie being a Magical Negro, it wouldn’t surprise me.
However, considering this post, and reflecting on it, all of the OP’s points are very valid, so I have to wonder if they didn’t take it too far in the opposite direction. Bonnie definitely isn’t portrayed as being as sexual as either Elena or Caroline, and the clothes she wears are more conservative. While I do appreciate that in some ways, Bonnie’s desires deserve to be explored just as much as Elena’s and Caroline’s do.
I have a post in me somewhere about race on CW shows that I’ve been thinking about for a while, and race on the three CW shows I watch (90210, the Vampire Diaries, and the Secret Circle).
Also, I just admitted to watching three CW shows. My life.