I’ve been seeing some discussion in past few days about how unrealistic it is that Bitty doesn’t hang out with other queer kids at Samwell, which is a valid point, and it reminded me I had a fic languishing in my drafts folder that involved an expanded look at the LGBTQIA group on campus, so I figured maybe the time had come to post it. It’s more about Dex than Bitty, because I started it as a response to the “Dex is homophobic” discourse, so this is from a “Dex has never been straight, he just doesn’t think it’s any of your business” perspective.
(It’s the beginning of a longer fic called “I Abhor You/I Adore You” that’s kind of an exercise in filling in all the gaps between the Nurseydex tweets and fleshing out the non-hockey parts of Samwell, but who knows if I’ll ever finish it.)
~4.5k, pre-slash Nurseydex, mostly Dex POV, guest appearances by Bitty, Holster, and a few OCs from the LGBTQIA group. Location of the IT helpdesk across the hall from the resource center entirely stolen from my own tiny liberal arts school, “the little gay college in the middle of Iowa.”
Dex got a job with the helpdesk
almost as soon as he got to campus. This wasn’t exactly normal for an unknown,
untested, untried, and undeclared first year student, but he had references
from his high school job and there was a constant shortage of people who
actually knew how to do anything with hardware.
Which, of course, was the thing most of the professors actually needed help
with. They weren’t actually receiving a lot of emergency Python coding calls;
they needed someone who could “make the goddamn printer talk to the computer”
without pissing anyone off by being too condescending.
He enjoyed it; compared to having
to do the same thing in a retail environment, this was downright relaxing, and
he at least had some confidence the people he was helping weren’t complete idiots. He could even leave
behind a Post-It of step-by-step instructions of how to fix the problem
themselves next time and have it be followed at least 50% of the time! Not to
mention his work-study hours as a student athlete were actually capped and
enforced so he wouldn’t work himself to death. So relaxing when compared to
high school, when he’d had to juggle IT work, lobster fishing, hockey, and
grades good enough to get some kind of scholarship.
Since he’d gotten to campus early
to start pre-season practice with the hockey team, he’d been able to establish
a work routine before adding in classes, which had been helpful. The CS classes
at Samwell were certainly more demanding, but that was why he was here, wasn’t
it? All in all, he was pretty satisfied with how things were shaping up. (Now
if only his d-partner weren’t such an entitled brat…)
Once the other students got back to
campus, it became clear the helpdesk office wasn’t the only thing housed in the
weird little building at the edge of campus. He was just ending a shift when a
girl stuck her head in the door. “Would it be possible to get some quick help
from anybody? It’s just across the hall.”
“I can do it,” Dex said. “I was
just about to leave anyway.”
“Thank you!” She led the way into
what appeared to be an all-purpose meeting room. The door now had a handmade
rainbow sign taped to it, proclaiming it the Stonewall Resource Center. “We’re
having our first meeting of the year tonight, and of course the one person who
remembers how to work the projector is on study abroad this semester.”
“No problem. You hooking it up to a
Dex walked over to the AV podium at
the front of the room and fished out the giant cluster of cables and dongles.
“Hopefully one of these will work, but we have adapters in the office for just
about anything. Bring it over.” A minute or so later, he had everything
“Thank you so much!”
“Sure. I mean, it’s my job anyway.”
“Do I need to file a ticket or
“Um, you’re welcome to stay for the
meeting if you want…”
“What’s it for? I mean, I can
guess, but your sign wasn’t even up when I came in at the beginning of my
shift, so, you know.”
“Yeah, basically it’s just a beginning
of the year informational meeting for students about LGBTQIA resources on campus
and a way to get those of us who are returning students to get started
organizing other events. So maybe not super interesting.”
“No, it sounds like good
information to have. I’ll stick around.”
She smiled at him. “Great! I’m
“Will. Or Dex. I answer to either.”
“Nice to meet you.”
“So do you think you’ll come back?”
Sam asked after the meeting was over. Dex had stayed to help her turn off the
projector and leave a sticky note with the steps written down. (He was thinking
about getting a set custom-printed with “Helping You Help Yourself!” across the
bottom, though he suspected his boss would find this too snarky.)
“Probably not. I mean, not to
regular meetings or anything—you can totally ask me for help anytime! I’m just
kind of… past the place where I need this kind of group? And I’ve got hockey
practice and CS classes that are kind of the point of my being here, so they
take priority, you know?”
“But you know where to find me!
Seriously, I’m always happy to help. It looks like a great group. But I know I
can’t commit to anything.”
“Cool. I’ll see you around then,
yeah? Oh, hey, if you have any time on Friday, you should come to the softball
game. We’re gonna slay.”
Dex grinned and offered his fist
for a bump of solidarity. “You’ll have to come to a hockey game once the season
I'm new....what's with the fist and the don't tread on me snake?
Good question, Anon.
The Gadsden snake has a long history, named after the American general and designer Christopher Gadsden. He made it during the Revolutionary War and it became identified with opposition to the British crown and with the ideals of classically liberal conceptions of liberty. Today, right-libertarians, neo-liberals, Tea Partiers, and anarcho-capitalists fly the flag as an expression of that conception of liberty.
If you know your history and understand the infrastructural and superstructural traits of capitalism, it may become obvious that liberty in this context is, and always has been, heavily rooted in property acquisition. Of important note here, by “property”, I mean private property, a particular relationship to social institutions central to capitalism. In essence, private property involves the subordination of labor to capital and tenant to landlord (among others) in those social institutions; it is the infrastructure of class society and it requires that the majority of individuals enter into these autocratically-managed institutions in order to earn wages (fractions of what they produce as workers) and gain access to the life necessities withheld from them.
These were the Founding Fathers’ intentions, as they wanted to maintain class domination by elites, actively abridge democracy across the population, and continue their imperialist genocide of Native Americans through “manifest destiny”. As far as I’m concerned, and as far as many others are concerned, the Gadsden snake represents this perverted individualism that talks of freedom on one side of its mouth and talks of imperialism and autocracy on the other – it is the ruling ideology of capital and conquest twisted into a supposed philosophy for the industrious Everyman. Because of all this, we leftists see it as a symbol to be actively opposed.
The raised fist is a leftist symbol that has been utilized by various movements and co-opted for many causes. From Black Power to the worker cooperative movement, from Green and pro-environment politics to librarians against censorship, the fist is generally understood to be a symbol that stands for human freedom and the clash of oppressed vs oppressor – in short, the fist stands for “power to the people”. Typically, a black fist is for Black Power, a green fist is for the Green politics struggles against corporatist pollution and environmental degradation, and a red fist is for socialist solidarity and common struggle.
A red fist strangling the Gadsden snake, then, is a compound symbol with overt meaning: it stands for the people overcoming the influence of capital and bourgeois liberty. It stands for the rejection of serpentine ruling class ideology. It stands for the people bringing an end to an autocratic social order and ushering in an age of democracy, mutual aid, and genuine freedom.
I hope more leftists, “social justice warriors”, and “economic justice warriors” take to using the compound symbol. It conveys so much through two simple pictures, showing both the assertion and the opposition.
burn the witch.
I set myself on fire,
for the world, I will,
my final spell,
my body, my soul,
I want to change the world.
This isn’t a suicide,
when I march down the street,
my fist raised high in solidarity.
This is for the world,
my voice aching from screaming,
this world has to change.
burn the world down.
i'm flipping tables because SLBP new event is about the lords and their family. the event doesn't include SHINGEN!!! shingen's main route talked a little about his brother and father, it would be a great opportunity to go into depth about shingen's family but NOPE!!! SMH VOLTAGE. it just makes me sad😭
Flipping tables like this, friend? HAHA. Look alive, dear anon, because I completely agree with you. I know I’m super extra for Saizo in my fangirling, but in all seriousness I like all of them equally from a creative standpoint for what they manage to provide us; the other six lords explore themes, aspects, issues and developments we don’t see with the more ‘popular’ lords. It’s a damn shame, because just like you say, characters like Shingen, or Ieyasu, or even freaking Mitsunari have the potential for incredibly heartfelt stories that ruminate on what it means for them to have something as special as a family/wife. It goes doubly for the lords with tragic family histories.
After dabbling in double-features and recaps and whatever this was and memes (MEMES), we are back in it, back to good ol’ NOTES. Back to VOLUME is what this means, awwy yeah [greedily gathers more and more DS9 episodes into arms, snuggles them]
4x10 ‘Homefront’ - Dax: “For all we know the Bajorans are right: maybe it is a message from the Prophets.” Dax & Sisko: [walk past a group of Bajoran priests] Priests, bowing: “Emissary.” fantastic - um, pls tell me Jadzia really is pulling pranks on Odo with Quark? - Odo: “It’s the fourth time she’s done it this past year. She breaks into my quarters while I’m regenerating and moves all my furniture out of alignment. Shifts one piece three centimeters to the right, the next four centimeters to the left. Not one object in my quarters is where it’s supposed to be!” THIS IS AMAZING. - well now that Odo is talking openly about Dax’s “perverse delight” in messing with him, it does occur to me that I have not gotten to see much Dax and Garak together — Wish List - Jadzia Dax IS the most humanoid person on this station. I could hardly tell you what that means exactly but I can vouch for its Truth. - imagine a bomb not going off on Earth for over 100 years
IS THIS PAPA SISKO. OMG I LOVE HIM ALREADY.
the affectionate Sisko Men just warm my darn heart
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons standing in solidarity with Black America with raised fists at The Block, Redfern in response to the shooting of Michael Brown and the countless other Black victims of police shootings and police brutality.