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I keep seeing posts of thin people explaining that body positivity is unnecessary or ridiculous, all while wildly missing the point of what body positivity is and who it’s for. 

I mean it must be easy to find it useless when you’re a thin white cis able bodied perisex person with conventionally attractive features and the money to buy whatever beauty products you want but like, some of us aren’t you. 

And for some of us, body positivity and fat acceptance are radical acts of defiance against kyriarchy and a demand to no longer be oppressed. So I mean. It matters.

Like, body positivity isn’t just about wanting people to call you pretty, although recognizing that you are beautiful in a world that tells you otherwise is a radical act.

It’s about normalizing transgender and intersex bodies and fighting for their body autonomy and against transphobia and intersexism. It’s about making the world for accessible for fat and disabled bodies and putting an end to ableism. It’s about holding doctors accountable and demanding that they treat and help people of color, women, and fat people the same way they treat cishet white skinny men. It’s fighting against fatphobia and diet culture, rallying against misogyny, etc. It’s activism, it’s feminism, it’s revolutionary.

There are real people out there who can’t legally wear their natural hair, or who are given less pay because of how they look, or are being denied equal rights because of the body type they have or the appearance of their genitalia. Can you really tell me that fighting against that kind of thing is useless?

And yes, a lot of body positive blogs struggle with intersectionality. Many fail to move past sharing pastel images with cute slogans that only make thin white cishet perisex women feel better. But that is the fault of those bloggers. It doesn’t make body positivity useless; it just means that it is due for a makeover. 

Body positivity and fat acceptance are not and have never been about just wanting other people to think you’re pretty. It’s not about your worth and value being defined by your prettiness. 

And all these posts out there calling body positivity a worthless movement because “We shouldn’t be defined by our looks” or “I don’t want to be called pretty” are wildly missing the point. It’s not about that. It’s never been about that.

I just wish people could understand that the oppression I face isn’t some minor issue that doesn’t need to be challenged. Like, maybe that’s not what these people intend to say when they talk like this but that is exactly what I hear. 

-Mod Bella 

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Today in “Worthy Campaign, Weird Slogan”: The ACLU of Texas and the nonprofit organization Legacy Community Health have launched “I Pee With LGBT,” a campaign that opposes SB6, an HB2-like law that would ban trans people from using gender-affirming bathrooms in Texas. 

The video is cute, even though the slogan is not my personal favorite. After all, the L, G and B aren’t the ones being specifically targeted by bathroom bills. (At least not anymore.) The more resounding message is their longer tagline: “This isn’t a privacy issue. It’s a discrimination issue.” What do you think?

Once Upon a Time's Adelaide Kane talks millennial meanie Drizella

Once Upon a Time is undergoing a major overhaul heading into season 7, which means new characters, new locales, and even a new curse. To keep track of all the big changes, EW will bring you interviews with the cast — new and old — along with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis over the next two weeks until the ABC fairy-tale drama’s return.

Lady Tremaine isn’t the only new baddie coming to Once Upon a Time.

True to her moniker, Lady Tremaine’s (Gabrielle Anwar) daughter Drizella (Adelaide Kane) really is a wicked stepsister.

We’ll first meet Drizella during the OUAT premiere in Hyperion Heights, where her cursed counterpart is Ivy Belfrey, a millennial who works for her nefarious mother, a powerful developer trying to gentrify the neighborhood and push the fairy-tale characters out of town. But Drizella (and Ivy) is not to be underestimated. As the OUAT bosses have teased, she has taken a lot of abuse from mommy dearest, but that might not last much longer. EW caught up with Kane to get the scoop on her new character:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first day like on set? Were you nervous at all to come on this established show going through a reboot?
ADELAIDE KANE: A little. Coming onto a new show is always a little nerve-racking, especially one so well established and with a mix of new people and people who had been with the show since day 1, so you’re always a little bit nervous, like, “What’s the dynamic going to be like, what is the director going to be like?” You don’t know a lot about your character, so you’ve got to build this character and hopefully do something cool and something fun. So it was a little nerve-racking, but everyone was so incredibly lovely and wonderful to work with. Lana [Parrilla] has been an absolute joy and incredibly kind, and all of the new cast members are just lovely and so happy to be there and it’s exciting. I know that the reboot is really exciting for everybody to try out some new things, shaking it up a bit. So it’s been brilliant.

Had you watched the show or did you go back after you were cast and catch up?
I have watched. It’s very difficult to not watch the show. I mean, it’s so massive, like so many viewers in 190 countries, it’s kind of hard to miss it, but I’d watched a couple of episodes before and I went and revisited it when I got the audition. It’s just such a cute concept. So many of us grew up on Disney, and I really like how they’ve been including the new Disney story lines, like the Frozen story lines and the Princess and the Frog one. That’s super cool.

Tell us about Drizella as a character.
Oh, God. Drizella, Drizzy. Evil stepsister, wicked stepsister. I don’t know if she’s evil, but she’s been a lot of fun to play. I’m in really, really cute clothes. My slogan for her is buttoned-up and bitchy. She seems like a very high-strung, slightly ditzy young woman and she’s just very petty. She’s kind of like that awful bully in high school except that she doesn’t know how to win people to her side so she’s just alone, snappy, snarky, sarcastic, and miserable all the time. It’s been a lot of fun. I get some really fun lines where I can just snap back at people. I’ve been having a great time. She’s very funny. She’s the worst in a hilarious way.

What kind of dynamic does she have with her mother?
Her mother thinks she’s useless. Her mother thinks she’s absolutely useless, runs roughshod over her, treats her like a slave, but at least she’s a slave in Christian Dior and Alexander Wang, so it’s somehow brainwashed Drizella into believing that she has to stay in this role, like a ground-down lackey. But in Drizella’s mind, at least that’s still better than being Cinderella. At least she has beautiful clothes, a beautiful place to hang out, a paycheck and a job that affords her a reasonable amount of power so she can boss other people around in the same way that her mother bosses her around. But her mother is just eternally disappointed by Drizella, and very, very controlling, almost like a stage mom a little bit, but Drizella just never manages — no matter how hard she tries — to meet her mother’s expectations.

How does that manifest for Ivy, the Hyperion Heights counterpart to Drizella?
Same thing, different reality. To make it worse, she works for her mother, so not only is she incompetent as a daughter, but she’s incompetent as an assistant, like as a professional woman. She’s under her mother’s boot heel all day, not just at work, but at home as well. She can’t really escape her, and her mother has become her own world, not through her choice, but through how incredibly controlling her mother is.

How do you think this curse is different from what we’ve seen on the show before?
There are higher stakes for this curse. I can’t go into detail, but it seems like the new baddies have taken some lessons from the curses that have come before them and they’ve built on that to make this the most dangerous curse this universe that ABC has created has seen yet. The stakes are incredibly high and there’s a lot of manipulation. There are many layers to this particular curse and the consequences of it breaking are not all sunshine and rainbows.

Let’s talk about Hyperion Heights. Is Roni’s basically the neighborhood bar where everyone goes and hangs out?
Yeah, it’s everybody’s local bar. It seems to be the only one that does any business in town, which makes sense because I feel like even this version of Regina, she’s still a really savvy businesswoman, she’s still a smart woman. None of that has changed, so it doesn’t surprise me that she has the most successful bar in town. [Laughs]

What kind of dynamic does Ivy have with characters like Roni, Rogers, and whoever Gold is now?
She comes into contact with a lot of these characters through her mother, like doing her mother’s dirty work, running errands, and generally being left to clean up her mother’s messes, deliver bad news, being the messenger girl du jour, but every damn day, she doesn’t get a break. So her rivalry with Jacinda is very interesting, because while she pities Jacinda and her whole situation, I think she’s also a little bit envious of her. It’s very difficult that Jacinda is struggling to make ends meet, but a lot of that hatred and a lot of that rivalry comes from Ivy seeing Jacinda as being free in a way, and she’s not. She’s not a blood relative, whereas Ivy can’t ever really truly escape her.

From everything you’ve said, Drizella doesn’t sound like the type of person I’d hang out with.
She’s very prickly. Deep deep down, she’s been emotionally abused for years by an uncaring, negligent, controlling, obsessive mother. There’s no softness to her. She’s mostly just a bastard little girl in a grown woman’s body just lashing out at everybody who comes close to her, because she has no faith or trust in anything anymore and her whole world has just become keeping her mother happy, so her life doesn’t get any harder than it is.

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'Once Upon a Time' star Adelaide Kane talks millennial meanie Drizella
Once Upon a Time is undergoing a major overhaul heading into season 7, which means new characters, new locales, and even a new curse. To keep track of all the big changes, EW will bring you intervi…


Once Upon a Time is undergoing a major overhaul heading into season 7, which means new characters, new locales, and even a new curse. To keep track of all the big changes, EW will bring you interviews with the cast — new and old — along with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis over the next two weeks until the ABC fairy-tale drama’s return.

Lady Tremaine isn’t the only new baddie coming to Once Upon a Time.

True to her moniker, Lady Tremaine’s (Gabrielle Anwar) daughter Drizella (Adelaide Kane) really is a wicked stepsister.

We’ll first meet Drizella during the OUAT premiere in Hyperion Heights, where her cursed counterpart is Ivy Belfrey, a millennial who works for her nefarious mother, a powerful developer trying to gentrify the neighborhood and push the fairy-tale characters out of town. But Drizella (and Ivy) is not to be underestimated. As the OUAT bosses have teased, she has taken a lot of abuse from mommy dearest, but that might not last much longer. EW caught up with Kane to get the scoop on her new character:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first day like on set? Were you nervous at all to come on this established show going through a reboot?
ADELAIDE KANE: A little. Coming onto a new show is always a little nerve-racking, especially one so well established and with a mix of new people and people who had been with the show since day 1, so you’re always a little bit nervous, like, “What’s the dynamic going to be like, what is the director going to be like?” You don’t know a lot about your character, so you’ve got to build this character and hopefully do something cool and something fun. So it was a little nerve-racking, but everyone was so incredibly lovely and wonderful to work with. Lana [Parrilla] has been an absolute joy and incredibly kind, and all of the new cast members are just lovely and so happy to be there and it’s exciting. I know that the reboot is really exciting for everybody to try out some new things, shaking it up a bit. So it’s been brilliant.

Had you watched the show or did you go back after you were cast and catch up?
I have watched. It’s very difficult to not watch the show. I mean, it’s so massive, like so many viewers in 190 countries, it’s kind of hard to miss it, but I’d watched a couple of episodes before and I went and revisited it when I got the audition. It’s just such a cute concept. So many of us grew up on Disney, and I really like how they’ve been including the new Disney story lines, like the Frozen story lines and the Princess and the Frog one. That’s super cool.

Tell us about Drizella as a character.
Oh, God. Drizella, Drizzy. Evil stepsister, wicked stepsister. I don’t know if she’s evil, but she’s been a lot of fun to play. I’m in really, really cute clothes. My slogan for her is buttoned-up and bitchy. She seems like a very high-strung, slightly ditzy young woman and she’s just very petty. She’s kind of like that awful bully in high school except that she doesn’t know how to win people to her side so she’s just alone, snappy, snarky, sarcastic, and miserable all the time. It’s been a lot of fun. I get some really fun lines where I can just snap back at people. I’ve been having a great time. She’s very funny. She’s the worst in a hilarious way.

What kind of dynamic does she have with her mother?
Her mother thinks she’s useless. Her mother thinks she’s absolutely useless, runs roughshod over her, treats her like a slave, but at least she’s a slave in Christian Dior and Alexander Wang, so it’s somehow brainwashed Drizella into believing that she has to stay in this role, like a ground-down lackey. But in Drizella’s mind, at least that’s still better than being Cinderella. At least she has beautiful clothes, a beautiful place to hang out, a paycheck and a job that affords her a reasonable amount of power so she can boss other people around in the same way that her mother bosses her around. But her mother is just eternally disappointed by Drizella, and very, very controlling, almost like a stage mom a little bit, but Drizella just never manages — no matter how hard she tries — to meet her mother’s expectations.

How does that manifest for Ivy, the Hyperion Heights counterpart to Drizella?
Same thing, different reality. To make it worse, she works for her mother, so not only is she incompetent as a daughter, but she’s incompetent as an assistant, like as a professional woman. She’s under her mother’s boot heel all day, not just at work, but at home as well. She can’t really escape her, and her mother has become her own world, not through her choice, but through how incredibly controlling her mother is.

How do you think this curse is different from what we’ve seen on the show before?
There are higher stakes for this curse. I can’t go into detail, but it seems like the new baddies have taken some lessons from the curses that have come before them and they’ve built on that to make this the most dangerous curse this universe that ABC has created has seen yet. The stakes are incredibly high and there’s a lot of manipulation. There are many layers to this particular curse and the consequences of it breaking are not all sunshine and rainbows.

Let’s talk about Hyperion Heights. Is Roni’s basically the neighborhood bar where everyone goes and hangs out?
Yeah, it’s everybody’s local bar. It seems to be the only one that does any business in town, which makes sense because I feel like even this version of Regina, she’s still a really savvy businesswoman, she’s still a smart woman. None of that has changed, so it doesn’t surprise me that she has the most successful bar in town. [Laughs]

What kind of dynamic does Ivy have with characters like Roni, Rogers, and whoever Gold is now?
She comes into contact with a lot of these characters through her mother, like doing her mother’s dirty work, running errands, and generally being left to clean up her mother’s messes, deliver bad news, being the messenger girl du jour, but every damn day, she doesn’t get a break. So her rivalry with Jacinda is very interesting, because while she pities Jacinda and her whole situation, I think she’s also a little bit envious of her. It’s very difficult that Jacinda is struggling to make ends meet, but a lot of that hatred and a lot of that rivalry comes from Ivy seeing Jacinda as being free in a way, and she’s not. She’s not a blood relative, whereas Ivy can’t ever really truly escape her.

From everything you’ve said, Drizella doesn’t sound like the type of person I’d hang out with.
She’s very prickly. Deep deep down, she’s been emotionally abused for years by an uncaring, negligent, controlling, obsessive mother. There’s no softness to her. She’s mostly just a bastard little girl in a grown woman’s body just lashing out at everybody who comes close to her, because she has no faith or trust in anything anymore and her whole world has just become keeping her mother happy, so her life doesn’t get any harder than it is.

Once Upon a Time returns Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Read our primer of the new season here, our full Q&A with executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis here, our interview with Lana Parrilla here, our interview with Andrew J. West here, our interview with Dania Ramirez here, and our interview with Gabrielle Anwar here. Check back Wednesday for our interview with Mekia Cox.

Christmas present ideas for the signs

Aries: They are a very busy passionate sign, sweet meaningful things will be cool to them, but honestly when it comes to an Aries, get them something they are REALLY REALLY interested in, some ideas are
1. Gadgets, electronics of some sorts, earbuds are always good if you can’t spend a lot.
2. Music they enjoy, or a mix CD, maybe something you like and you want them to give a listen.
3. If you know them well enough, clothes or shoes are something an Aries would love, but only if you know their style well enough to know what to get them.

Taurus: This sign can be super picky about gifts, they have fairly expensive taste and VERY specific taste too, so if you don’t know them super well go for a gift card to a store you know they shop at, some ideas are
1. Gift cards to a clothing store they like, or a store in general they like
2. Jewelry, if you know their style well enough, a cool ring or a stylish watch will be loved by this sign.
3. Jackets, sweaters, socks they will love you if you get them a fancy beautiful expensive jacket, or a warm sweater for the winter (As long as its cute) And socks that are fuzzy are typically always a win for this sign!

Gemini: These signs can be fairly picky or hard to read when it comes to getting presents! But they are good at being appreciative and are almost never rude when receiving a present, even if it’s not something they wanted, some idea are
1. Scarfs, pretty printed ones, dark ones, fluffy one, any really they like a good scarf.
2. Books, if you know of any they have been yearning for or you know a few good ones to suggest you might buy it and see what they think!
3. Candy, the unique variety, if you find any spunky spicy candy you might go ahead and snag it as a present for your fellow Gemini, they like to try out new things.

Cancer: This sign is easy to buy for! Anything comforting, loving and comes from the heart will make them beam with excitement! Some ideas are,
1. Something homemade or very meaningful, a scrapbook you made for them, art you painted or a story you wrote (They aren’t a huge fan of knitted sweaters if they are itchy and scratchy so careful with that! They are a fairly stylish sign)
2. Cooking supplies, depending on how old the Cancer is, pots pans, spatulas la dee da are a wonderful idea! They love to expand on that (Even if they haven’t moved out yet)
3. Journals and pens, they are a fairly artistic sign, so some paints and a canvas or pen and a journal will make them happy, most Cancer’s keep a dairy so it’s not a bad thing to buy them another!

Leo: This sign has quite the taste for things, but loves little trinkets and sweet things, they enjoy opening presents and being given things, they love the idea of you thinking about them and picking something specific to their taste out, so they will love you just for considering them, some ideas are
1. Bags, purses or laptop bags, they love it if you know their taste and find something you think they will like specifically so if you know them well enough purses or some sort of bag for any gender will make them glad.
2. Taking them out, going to see a movie or getting dinner instead of a present will make them very happy.
3. A new outfit or taking them shopping is a good idea if you know them well enough.

Virgo: Virgo is pretty easy to please, they like things simple and small and not a big fuss on presents, don’t overdo it with their presents! Some ideas are
1. Coffee or tea, if you know the kind they like or you can pick one out you think they may enjoy trying.
2. Soap, fresh scented lovely soap is a great gift for this sign because they love smells and especially very fresh and natural ones.
3. Books, if you know of some good ones buy it for them to try it, they sometimes have a hard time finding a good book and won’t buy any so it’s good when someone just buys it for them.

Libra: This sign is very sweet about presents! They love getting them but they love to give back, so know when you give them a present the likelihood is they will try and make theirs bigger and better (Out of love) Some ideas are
1. Cookies or chocolates that are themed for Christmas is a really cute idea to give them, they like cute things and will appreciate it, this is a good present if you don’t know them super well or don’t want to spend a lot of money.
2. Incense or candles, they love smells and they LOVE their house to smell good, so this is always a great idea, also perfume/cologne if you know them well enough!
3. Something cool and unique you found somewhere, like a small little store or a quirky little place, or you went out of town and found something funky, they love unique little items!

Scorpio: This sign is more simple then you would think, they are sometimes shy about taking presents but they honestly love being thought of, some ideas are
1. Concert tickets to a band you know they love, for you and them or for them and someone else! Or just one ticket if they like to be solo.
2. Journals, this sign enjoys to write down their thoughts and the things they notice around them.
3. Coffee, you can buy them any kind and they will be happy (After all coffee is coffee) But if you get the REALLY REALLY good kind, they will love you forever.

Sagittarius: They are actually quite sweet about gifts, they are incredibly appreciative when given a present, they may be honest if they don’t like it but they will still be glad you thought of them, some ideas are
1. A dream catcher, now I know this sounds cheesy, but really this is very sweet and meaningful gift, ESPECIALLY if you make it yourself.
2. Instead of a present go out for the night! Do something fun with them, take them dancing or something they will love.
3. Quirky jewelry, funky cool things, like big rings and colorful bracelets would be a nice gift to give to this free spirited sign.

Capricorn: This sign is sooo hard to read, and they will never tell you what they want because they are stubborn, if they are close enough to you they may mention of specific item they want but nothing more, here are some ideas though
1. A journal, or a planner, OR a calendar sense it will almost be the end of the year, they like to stay organized so things like these are helpful gifts.
2. Fuzzy socks, this is more a winter thing, but they love warm cuddly things.
3. Technological things, if you can afford more expensive things go for this, a keyboard for their I-pad or a cheaper item like a laptop cover,  is something they would really enjoy, they are typically fairly high tech.

Aquarius:
This funky sign is always happy to get a present, they love opening it and being surprised by what someone has gotten them, however they can be pretty picky about what they want! Here are some ideas
1. Funny t-shirts, they love good jokes! So silly shirts (Or just cute slogan shirts) mugs or socks are a good goofy gift for them.
2. Paints, if the Aquarian you know is an artist they love expensive (Or just good) Paints, creative presents are typically good for this sign.
3. Comfy cozy pajama pants are a good idea for this sleepy changeable sign who loves a day in their pjs, so if you find some cute ones buy them for an Aquarius.

Pisces: They are super creative, dreamy and idealistic, they love thoughtful presents and really just the whole idea of receiving a present, they aren’t hard to buy for but they probably will never tell you what they want, here are some ideas
1. Slippers, or fuzzy winter boots are a great idea for this cozy sign.
2. Notebooks, for drawing or writing will be a super awesome idea, because they are very creative and you can almost never go wrong with a notebook for them.
3. Candles, warm, sweet smells are something they love, it’s comforting and very festive to have around.

You can also check your moon for this!
This is solely based off people I know with each sign.

anonymous asked:

Single dads Eren and Jean flirting with Kindergarten teacher Maroc~ Eren and Jean competing for his attention but their kids getting it all instead xD

“C'mon, c'mon dad! We’re gonna be late!” Balancing the tray stacked with brownies would have been much easier had his other hand not been occupied by an excited five year old, tugging him along the sidewalk, but Jean somehow managed. This wasn’t his first day wrestling the little bundle of energy after all and short child legs could only scurry this quickly.
They reached the gate without a catastrophe in form of baked goods crumbling to the ground and the boy jumping in front of him let out a joyful shriek as he took in the festively decorated backyard of his kindergarten.

There were several big, colorful tents already bustling with life, tables to draw and craft at scattered all over, a big barbeque station in the back and other, smaller food booths all around.
Everything was decorated with balloons in all shapes and sizes, fluttery paper bands with cute slogans painted on and photos stuck everywhere they would hold. St. Sina’s Kindergarten sure knew how to throw a nice summer fete.

Before his son could tug him much further onto the yard there was a soft tenor calling out for them and Jean turned to see one of the teachers, Mr. Bodt, heading their way.
His heart wasn’t doing that silly fluttery thing, it wasn’t.
“Oh, Mr. Kirschtein! I’m glad you could make it.” That smile was dazzling, as always, the sunlight catching in his dark, round eyes and making his hair shimmer like the richest chocolate. Okay, maybe a little bit of fluttering, if Jean was being honest.
“Yeah … yeah, I finished most of my paperwork last night, so…” Mr. Bodt nodded, smile still bright, before he crouched down in front of the boy still clutching Jean’s hand.

“My, Luke … what a nice skirt you’re wearing! It’s new, isn’t it?” He reached out to carefully tug at the hemline with the white cotton trim, making the boy beam with pride and run a small hand over the blue and purple fabric.
“I told dad how you said we could wear whatever we wanted … and he got it for me … and I…” Luke bit his lip as he cast his gaze down, a little shy all of a sudden, and squeezed Jean’s hand.
“It’s okay, go on…”, the teacher’s voice was soft and encouraging as he tipped his head to the side, still smiling. Luke still needed a little nudge from his father and a warm “Yeah buddy, tell Marco.” before he looked up again.
“I feel … really pretty”, the boy giggled, rubbing a hand across his flushed face as he grinned at his teacher.
“And you look really pretty, too!”, Mr. Bodt exclaimed, all enthusiasm and kind honesty as he regarded his charge one last time before getting up again and turning his attention back to Jean. Those big eyes would be the death of him someday.

“We uh…”, Jean began awkwardly, still struggling a little to keep the tray upright, “we brought brownies?”
“I helped!”, Luke cried immediately, bouncing on his toes. “I stirred the batter and put it on the tray! And dad let me put the flour in … but not the chocolate cause it was too hot…” Mr. Bodt’s eyebrows shot up at that and, gaze flicked between father and son and the tray stacked with treats a few times.
“Oh? Those look great, I didn’t know you…”
“Could bake?”, Jean finished with a lame chuckle. “Yeah I’m actually, uh … pretty good at it? Cooking not so much, but…”

“His cooking is awful!”, the boy next to him fake gagged, clasping a hand over his mouth and making Mr. Bodt laugh.
“Well, it’s a good thing you eat lunch here most of the time then, right?” The teacher sounded amused, eyes twinkling with laughter as he looked at the child, then back at Jean.
“Uh, anway … my brownies are great, you have to try them. And I also make mean crêpe, maybe you should…”
Before Jean could finish the lame pickup line of Mr. Bodt having to come around sometime to try them his son gave a piercing shriek and let go off his hand to run off back to the gate where a father had just arrived with his daughter.

“Carla!”, he cried out, wrapping the little girl in a clumsy but enthusiastic hug that was returned with just as much energy as they bounced up and down a few times. Mr. Bodt laughed at the sight, a sound so honest and clear that Jean had to take a deep breath.
“It’s like they haven’t seen each other for ages instead of just a day.”
Jean hummed and swallowed down the disappointment and anger rising up in his throat.
That Jäger guy did always have the worst timing. But there was no use in whining and self-pity, the afternoon was still young, he’d get another chance to talk to Mr. cutest teacher alive and maybe not make an ass of himself this time.

Leaving the kids to their excessive greeting Jäger strolled over with a wide grin, holding a large bowl out in front of him.
“I brought potato salad!”, he proclaimed victoriously and Jean was confused for a second before he heard Mr. Bodt’s almost pornographic moan and couldn’t help the deep flush creeping up his neck.
“The one you made last year?”, the teacher asked with way too much enthusiasm to his voice and took a step forward to peek under the lid Jäger lifted for him. “Oh, that smells heavenly, I might just jump in there and never come out again…”
Both men laughed and Jean felt something sting in his chest, anger again as well as something else, something more vicious.
“Please, feel free too”, Jäger snickered, eyes drifting over to Jean for a moment as he flashed a sharp grin.

This had been going on for at least a few months, both of them being crazy attracted to sweet Mr. Bodt, both trying to somehow make a move but always failing thanks to the other or one of their kids – who were getting along incredibly well, by the way.
Just now they came running again, hand in hand as they almost barreled into their teacher, screaming something totally unintelligible. At least it ripped Mr. Bodt’s attention away from Jäger and that damn potato salad.

“Hey, hey, calm down you two!”, Mr Bodt laughed and crouched down again, laying his hands on either of their shoulders. “What did you say?”
“Look, look Marco!”
“We match, Marco!”, Carla cried out, tugging at her purple and blue shirt and pointing at Luke’s skirt with the same colors.
“Ohh, you’re right!”, Marco smiled and looked at their respective outfits. “You both look very nice!”
“Earlier he said I look pretty, Carla!” Luke was flushing a little again as he told his friend about the compliment and she giggled.
“You do, silly!” Then she turned back to her teacher. “We need to show you something, Marco!” They both took one of his hands and tried to tug him along, almost tipping him off balance as he struggled to his feet again. Two kids with that much energy were harder to handle but he had even more practice.

“Okay, just give me a second, yes?” With that he turned back to Jean and the man standing behind him.  “I assigned you both to the salad bar, if that’s alright? Just over there … your shift starts at two and then an hour? Of course you can stay and enjoy the party with us afterwards…”
“Second’s over!”, Carla insisted and the kids began tugging again, this time Mr. Bodt went with them willingly, only shouting over his shoulder that Jean could give his brownies to Petra Ral if he saw her around.

Hearing Jäger clear his throat he turned back to him, looking at that raised eyebrow and borderline smug expression.
“One hour, eh?”
“Ugh, shut up…”
It would be one very long hour. But to get the chance to talk to Mr. Bodt again today, Jean could tolerate one shift at the salad bar with Eren Jäger. Even just barely.

Fixing America's Problems

Often we hear the slogan by Trump’s base, “Make America Great Again” yet they do not know what it actually means, they only say it because he says it and made it his campaign promise. On a podcast episode recently as well as on a recent blog post on this blog I talked about how nothing he has done makes us great and now I will point out how we fix our problems with actions, not cute slogans.

I will list the three things we can do as a country to make our country great and help others, rather than hurting them. Of course, it takes a lot to fix our issues and Barack Obama did amazing things while he was president, but we need to take drastic steps to fix our problems and I will briefly outline those in the following points, I do this because we cannot just repeat slogans but rather we must work together to heal our nation, Obama did his best but Trump has reversed much of that hope and change, but we can get it back and even go further.

Homelessness and Poverty

Every single day tens of thousands sleep on our streets and starve while the fat cats on Wall Street make out like bandits. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer and the right does not seem to care. If we start to care about our most vulnerable as much as we care about the rich then we will be great but a country cannot claim greatness while ignoring millions of poor citizens who suffer greatly.

Besides those who are homeless and sleep under our bridges, underpasses, and hovered in doorways in cities all across America there are many who live in weekly motels, in shelters, and other temporary living situations. These people who reside in the motels and shelters are technically homeless and are often one paycheck away from sleeping on the streets once again. Further, there are many who have apartments and other permanent living situations who make so little on minimum wage that they could become homeless at any moment and who barely get by.

The minimum wage on a federal level remains under $8.00 an hour and despite efforts by the Obama administration to raise those wages the GOP fought him for eight years and now with Trump as president it does not appear to be changing anytime soon. There are cities and states across this country who have taken it upon themselves to raise wages and that is a start but housing and food remains outrageous. There are those on the right who claim raising wages will raise the cost of living but that happens anyway. Even in places that have not raised the wage for years, prices continue to go up.

We must raise wages for everyone so there is no low-income class but so that everyone is middle class and up. No more of the rich getting richer while the poor in America suffer. We also must provide health insurance for everyone free of cost like other countries in the developed world do, nobody should be denied care because they cannot pay or be unable to afford their meds because they have to choose between that and feeding their families. Healthcare should be a right and we can do this if we would only get our priorities straight and stop spending trillions on unjust wars and giving tax breaks to the wealthy.

Another thing we must do is to have more low-income housing and provide free housing for those who cannot afford it. Just like healthcare, housing should be a right afforded to all. I believe food should be a right too but of course the right wingers call that “mooching” and “freeloading” but they lack compassion for people, so that is their view. We can fix our homeless problem and end poverty if we really want to. All we have to do is have that Christian love and compassion that we claim to have. Jesus would do these things to help those in need so we should do the same. Besides wages being low, disability income and food stamp benefit amounts remain low and we need to raise those for people to be able to survive.

Housing, food, clothing, and healthcare for all. THIS is the American way and fixing it is part of what would make America truly great, to ignore these people who are poor and call them lazy makes us less great and shows that we are not a caring nation. We can do better in every area and this is one of the issues we must fix and must fix it now, it is the right thing to do and if we do it then and only then are we great.

End Violence and War

Americans seem to love guns and war, it seems to be an obsession with many in this country. We start these unjust wars that kill scores of innocent women and children all of the time and for what? It is not for freedom like we claim, it is for profit, oil, and occupation. It is not about freedom or anything noble much of the time. Yet, we are bloodthirsty it seems and this also can be seen with our obsession with firearms. We have an epidemic of gun violence that is unlike anything in the developed world and yet nobody wants to change it or most of the time even talk about changing it.

The war thing is something that may never change because we seem to believe we must be the world police and that we are freeing people by bombing innocent women and children but here at home we can end our gun violence problem and violence overall by doing a few things. Yes, all violence is a problem but since over 68% of U.S. murders are done with guns then that is where the focus needs to be. There are two ways to end the problem of violence and one of them relates to the poverty issue mentioned above. If people have happy lives, if they have money and love then they will not kill people since most of the U.S. killings have to do with love/sex and money. Second, we restrict access to the most deadly weapons and guns are what are used in most murders and massacres here in America.

We can be a peaceful nation again, both here at home and abroad by stopping the killing of people in these wars and stop the violence here at home by providing people with opportunities, education, and restricting access to the most deadly weapons, which are these high powered rifles and high capacity magazines. I am sure that people will say that I am a dreamer but I believe we can achieve this if we try. War and the sale of guns are big money so this is why they may never change, it isn’t about “freedom” or “protection”, it is about money and that has always mattered more than human life in America, sadly.

Civil Rights

Lastly, it is the issue of civil rights. Now, I know that the gun people will say that owning a gun is a civil right but I wholeheartedly disagree with that because guns take away the rights of others. The civil rights I am talking about are LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, rights of Muslims and immigrants and so many more who are discriminated against in Trump’s America. When we protect the rights of the vulnerable groups then we become great but when we ban people based on their religion or where they are from, when we deport people and tear families apart, deny refugees, take away people’s rights because of how they identify or who they love, and so on then we are FAR from great.

Also, animals rights are important. It is an issue I do not discuss much but animals are abused daily and neglected and as someone who has rescued them it is dear to my heart. We must protect the rights of humans and animals alike and make sure that nobody is bullied, abused, discriminated against, or neglected in this country.

There are many who want us to go back to the days of segregation where LGBTQ people, Mexicans, African Americans, Muslims have no place in America but we cannot let that happen. We must defend the rights of all these groups and more and fight for the diverse, open, and accepting country that we are known for and by doing this we will make America great. We had this under Obama but are losing it with the fascist “president” holding power and trying to make us into a dictatorship, we just cannot let it happen!

This is just a start but by focusing on these three areas we have a chance to be a great nation but if we fall short on even one of them then we are not great and never will be. This is who we are, to fight the good fight for those who cannot stand up for themselves. I believe we can be great and I have faith that we can do better, hope you do as well!

I will be taking a break to work on my next book but as always , Resist and keep up the good fight!