Let’s play another round of Who Has the Biggest Victim Complex?:
- A. neurotypical people
- B. white people
- C. straight people
- D. cis people
but what about men?
for once “but what about men” was a phenomenal addition to one of my posts and I applaud you
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Needless to say (or maybe not) this news ticker of persecuted American Christians floats far and free from reality. More than 75 percent of the United States identifies as Christian; 57 percent believe in the devil, and nearly 8 in 10 Americans believe the Bible to be either the “inspired word” or literal word of God. Despite the constitutional separation of church and state, the government began under President George W. Bush to outsource social welfare programs to faith-based organizations (more than 98 percent, according to one 2006 study, of them Christian churches), and schools with religious ties (mostly Christian) in several states are now well fed by direct public subsidies. But then, American places of worship (again, most of them Christian) have long enjoyed a de facto public subsidy as tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations funded by tax-deductible contributions. Last month President Barack Obama himself held forth at National Prayer Breakfast about the importance of Jesus in his life.
— Opinion: The bitter tears of the American Christian supermajority: Why Christians — America’s most populous religious group — feel so victimized. (via aljazeeraamerica)
To be sure, there are Christians in the world who face persecution, from Copts in Egypt to Catholics in northern Nigeria. But in the U.S., the Christian faith and its institutions have never been more pampered by the state.
Plot twist: A fat protagonist has a compelling arc and stays fat the whole time, because using weightloss to signify personal growth is fucked up and also lazy writing.
interesting how more of those are men.
7 men and 5 women
come the fuck on
that’s not really that much of a difference
Plus, for the Shrek one, you can kind of also count Fiona.
12 characters? I should be a happy fat person because I have 12 characters who are vaguely representative of my experiences as a fat person?
4 are animated. Frankly? Those don’t count. Those 4 are all male. Shrek isn’t even human and Ralph is even debatable as a fat. Additionally, they’re sympathetic, but they’re all comic relief characters.
So, of the 8 that remain:
- 3 are male, they are all adults
- Of those, 2 are deceased
- 4-5 exist in comedies or act as the main comic relief
- 2 are POC, they are also the largest - with everyone else being a more “acceptable” or smaller fat
- Of the 5 women, 3 experience plot points directly related to their weight
- 2 act as characters in a show/film that is pretty much entirely about them being fat - they are both women
- Arguably, 5 are not main characters but regulars in large ensemble casts
- The 3 that are main characters are dealing with, respectively, abuse and incest, mental health issues, and being a white savior in a semi-idealized musical
- These 3 main characters are also the only teenage girls
- All are cis
- 1 is canonically homosexual
- None are depicted as being particularly religious
- 3 currently exist on television (the rest either have series that ended, are characters who are deceased, or are from films that came out AT LEAST 2 years ago)
I’m so glad that there’s a lot of people who seem to agree that 8 is enough.
8 must be enough for fat representation, because really why should we bother consistently depicting realistic people in multiple sizes? Why should we bother depicting realistic fat POC if their entire character is not dependent on them being fat and/or POC? Why should we bother depicting fat teenage girls and boys existing in roles entirely unrelated to their weight? Why should we address the struggles of adult fats from their point of view, rather than using them for the character development of their thin friends? Why should we depict fat people who are nonbinary or trans or struggling with their gender/sexuality? Why should we depict fat people as consensually sexual? Why should we depict fat people who are religious? Why should we go out of our way to include this representation for fat people?
Why can’t fat people be happy with 8?
How about why should fat people have to settle for inadequate and sometimes disrespectful representation?
STOP SAYING AN OGRE IS AN EXAMPLE OF A FAT CHARACTER!
Seriously. Good job at DEHUMANIZING fat people to the point where an OGRE is considered the same as a PERSON, while also ignoring that Fiona was turned into an OGRE as a curse from being a thin woman. Just NO.
The logic of those who argue “Get Over It” is set up to privilege reckless behavior by placing the blame on the audience. But if the joke isn’t actually racist, then why have so many racist slurs been hurled at those of us promoting #CancelColbert? The outrage surrounding our criticism is about white liberals feeling entitled to engage in hate speech under the guise of “satire.” These white liberals are not mad that we pointed out racism, they are mad that they now have to consider the ways in which they may be racist. — Suey Park (via howtobeafuckinglady)
(Source: bustle.com, via gryffin-dyke)
'Affluenza' teen's family won't pay full rehab fee -
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The family of a Texas teenager sentenced to probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck will pay for just a fraction of his court-ordered treatment, a court official testified Friday.Ethan Couch’s parents will be charged $1,170 a month for his treatment at the North Texas State Hospital in rural Vernon. The facility That amount would cover less than two days of treatment, which costs $715 a day, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported (http://bit.ly/1qoRLts).Couch’s case drew national attention due in large part to his defense’s argument that his wealthy parents had coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility — a condition that a defense expert called “affluenza.”Couch, 17, killed four people last year when his vehicle rammed into a crowd of people trying to help the driver of a disabled vehicle south of Fort Worth. Investigators said he was driving his family company’s pickup truck while drunk and with traces of Valium in his system.Couch admitted to causing the wreck and received 10 years’ probation from State District Judge Jean Boyd rather than prison time, as prosecutors and Couch’s victims wanted. Several of his victims have since sued the Couch family, with most of them reaching confidential settlements.Debbie Spoonts, placement supervisor for Tarrant County Juvenile Services, said the facility decided what Fred and Tonya Couch would pay based on a sliding scale.A message from The Associated Press seeking comment from Spoonts on the facility’s payment policy was not immediately returned Friday.
(Source: invisiblelad, via reagan-was-a-horrible-president)
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literally thats all anyone would need to tell me to get me to hate john green
"did you know in one of his books the two main characters make out in the anne frank house"
thats literally making out with someone at a holocaust memorial that’s awful what the fuck
especially in the context of the scene, like they act like they’re Taking It Back For True Love bc no one else appreciates the anne frank house in the right way, i love when white christians reclaim holocaust memorials
okay i love this post but, just because john green wrote it doesn’t mean he endorses it, i feel like john green knows that’s a terrible thing to do, his characters are flawed immature teenagers you know,
is this criticized in the text, or does it pass without negative comment?
bystanders literally applaud in the scene while they’re playing tongue hockey so i daresay he endorses it
His exact words on the subject:
"It’s a sacred space, but it’s important to remember that real people lived there. Our usual way of honoring the dead–by freezing them in time and mythologizing them, by building the marble statues Shakespeare rails against in that sonnet–that’s not Hazel and Augustus’s way of honoring the dead. As Hazel notes, Anne Frank made out with a boy in the Anne Frank house. I think Hazel wants (and I wanted) to reclaim that sacred space for doomed people who are nonetheless still alive, and still full of desire."
“Generally, I wanted both of them to take back the weird, empty, quiet, sacred space that is the Anne Frank House (and more generally is the reverent but distant way we are always thinking of the dead) and find a different way to honor her life.”
So yeah, he endorses it. (Maybe not in real life, but definitely as part of the story.)
my jaw is literally on the ground right now
there it is there it fucking is
he tried to reclaim the anne frank house
i fucking hate john green i hope i can meet him one day at a con so i can throw up on him
Anonymous asked: You're lucky to be receiving life insurance. My father passed away when I was 8 and my family received SS checks until I was 18. My mom would have given all subsequent checks after that directly to me so I didn't have to work while I was in college, but Bush-era legislation cut off SS payments at 18, regardless of student status. SS payments used to continue through college years, up to 22 I believe. The checks were for approx $200/mo, but it would have helped me out a lot.Oh well.
I mean, I don’t know that “lucky” is the word. “Lucky” would have been my mom not getting cancer and dying in the first place. I realize that my family was privileged to be able to afford a life insurance policy - especially on the salaries of two public school teachers.
I am very sorry to hear about your father, and that you were denied the monies owed to you so that Bush and his cronies could get more tax cuts.
Anonymous asked: I'm sorry to hear about your mom. My best friend's dad passed away when we were in high school and the only way she was able to afford undergrad was because of his life insurance. I agree, it's incredibly fucked-up that one of your parents has to die in order for you to be able to afford higher education in this country.
Thank you. It’s strange because my mom passed almost five years ago, and because a variety of issues (not least the legal implications of her being the non-biological of my two mothers in a state that didn’t recognize same-sex marriage until after her death), we’re just now getting to the bottom of the will.
But my sister and I will be able to pay off most of our debts, and my other mom will be able to retire at a reasonable age - and while I would obviously trade all that to have her back, I know she would be happy that we are being provided for.