i feel woefully inadequate

anonymous asked:

... penguin has never been shown to be Jewish in the comics. He's never been shown with anything of significance to the faith, nor has he said it outright in dialogue. Anyone seeing him as Jewish is just falling for the stereotypes

Same anon as last ask, I know you didn’t intend to end up as the focal point for this whole thing but I think it’s being blown out of proportion since Oswald Cobblepot has never been canonically Jewish in Gotham or other canons.


I think I get where you’re coming from anon, but I can’t agree that being concerned about how Oswald is portrayed with relation to antisemitism is blowing anything out of proportion

When you bring up people “falling for the stereotypes,” we’re actually on the same page?? You’re totally right that Oswald isn’t ever portrayed as canonically, explicitly Jewish - he’s just coded that way. Via stereotypes and suggestions, viewers and/or readers are given enough to make that link, even if they’re not consciously aware of it. It’s quieter and more insidious than if he were canonically Jewish, because when media reinforces negative stereotypes and harmful narratives without directly acknowledging them or calling them out, it’s so easy to pretend they aren’t there (at least for people who aren’t directly affected by them).

I’m gonna pivot real quick to an example I’m actually qualified to talk about, which is autism. There are so many “gifted,” “antisocial,” “weird” characters in media who are not canonically autistic, but who play into every idea and stereotype that neurotypical people have about ASD. People perceive those characters as autistic whether they’re told to or not, because brains are set up to sort things into preexisting schemas, and these characters fit. Those stereotypes get reinforced whether or not any labels are ever applied. I’m frequently over here cringing because I know the joke is at my expense, but the show doesn’t acknowledge it, so most viewers won’t even realize.

The same is true of coding villains as gay or non-white, or of media that plays into trends where minority characters die in disproportionate numbers. We pick up on it. It registers, it influences our attitudes, even if there’s no logical or even conscious connection. 

That’s why I think it’s not only understandable, but important to talk about the effect this kind of thing has; Penguin being coded as Jewish through stereotypes is relevant to the issue of antisemitism whether or not any canon ever gives him an official label

(…and now I’m gonna tag in @witchunters if they feel inclined to comment/correct me/otherwise get involved here, because again: I can only talk about this up to a certain point)

anonymous asked:

About Bnha last chapter, do you think that in the series universe may exist institutions and doctors (paid by the governement) that help persons with quirks that are harming to themselves or get in the way of them having a normal life. Like Shigaraki and Tabe (scarecrow look alike), both seem to have been born with quirks that are more like a curse than a gift (destroying everything you touch and having a never ending hunger) Something like the help that people with a disability receive.

My initial thought about them having services to help people with damaging quirks was “Well they better.” And I’m sure they have some of this, but if they do I feel like it’s woefully inadequate. In the real world, disability services are already absolutely inadequate. Do they exist? Yeah, but holy crap are they inadequate. Recently some of my coworkers were talking about disability aid for some reason and I brought up about how it was my understanding that people can’t posses more than a pathetic 2000 dollars in order to be eligible for aid (something I read here on tumblr). One of my coworkers had a hard time believing it because of how unreasonable and extremely restricting that is. And yet, looking it up right now it’s there right on the social security administration’s website: “Generally, resources cannot exceed $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple” (x). 

Anyway, the point I’m getting at is that resources and services for people in need generally are going to exist in some form, but “are they actually enough” is the real question. And getting back to BNHA, I would say that it seems like the answer is no. The main reason I actually say that is because of characters like Bakugou and Shinso, the guy from Class B who can control people. Shinso has a quirk that is viewed as inherently villainous, and Bakugou has an incredibly violent and dangerous quirk and grew up as a complete bully. Both of them are people who probably should have received a lot of counseling and guidance from an early age in order to best ensure that they didn’t misuse their quirks as children and grew up to be responsible adults. And it hasn’t been indicated that that happened for either of them. Bakugou especially seemed to have been allowed to just do whatever the fuck he wanted all the time. The only reason he even decided to become a hero at all was because the ONLY thing in the entire world that Bakugou respected as a child was power. And thankfully, All Might was the strongest of all, so Bakugou was inspired to try to become the strongest hero like All Might. Bakugou didn’t respect All Might because he was just or kind. He only respected him for the fact that he always won. Bakugou was an extremely messed up kid, and it’s taken a long time in the current story for him to become an actually even semi-decent human being. And yet even at UA he never received formal counseling or anything. 

This is something that’s a little different from what you were asking about, but in my opinion it still points to there being a general shortcoming in the society of BNHA to be able to provide services and resources to those who need them either for the sake of themselves or others. And that’s supported by the existence of people like Tabe, the scarecrow mask guy, who was described as such 

Japan does has public healthcare, so it’s reasonable to assume that they still have it in the Japan of BNHA. However, popping in for getting your inflamed appendix removed is very different from things like lifelong disability services and mental health treatment. 

And given how common it is in BNHA for villains to talk about how rotten and corrupt society is, and how it rejected and abandoned them, it’s safe to say that there are clearly more things that their society could be doing in general to provide help to people. Again, I’m sure there are plenty of services that help a variety of different people in different ways. But are they sufficient to help everyone who needs help, and enough to enable those individuals to live decent lives? Probably not. 

And getting back to Shigaraki. Remember how his whole backstory is that at one point in his life he was simply left dying on the street while people passed him by? That’s definitely a clear indication of social shortcomings right there. 

From what we can tell, something happened to Shigaraki as a child, and yet no one helped him. There weren’t any heroes around to do it, and all the regular citizens just passed him by, saying “Oh, just wait and a hero will help him.” Apparently no one went “Oh we should call child services” or “We should call the police” or “let me take you to a shelter” or anything else. Hell, they didn’t even go “Hey I’m going to CALL A HERO here to help you out.” At the very least it’s an indication that their society has become very dependent on “heroes” to actually take care of the issues around them, rather than having sufficient mechanisms in place to help people whether there is a hero right there or not. 

I’m in the middle of studying for a chemistry test, and I’ve been on Facebook to message my friends questions and whatnot. In the middle of our conversations, two of my friends have sent me screenshots of their friends posting their acceptances to Harvard. Congratulations to their friends on a tremendous achievement. However, it’s left my friends and I feeling woefully inadequate. And I think it’s important to remember this time around when admissions are starting to roll out that you do not have to go to an American Ivy League school to be proud of yourself. You have not failed if you have not done so. 

This is not to put down Ivy League graduates or students in any way. They have earned respectable reputations through their hard work and dedication. I am merely pointing out that you are still a worthy and smart person regardless of your choice of university, or college, or whatever you decide to do post-secondary.

I have felt a little miffed because I have some friends who applied to the States to amazing schools like Cornell and UPenn and I’ve felt a little ridiculous applying to lil ol’ Canadian schools. This is silly. The schools I’m applying to are good schools, the best in my country, and just because I go there instead of an American school does not make me inadequate, or a failure, or even just plain dumb. It makes me someone who’s going to go to a good school, just not an American one.

tl;dr: You are not made up of the school you go to, or the acceptances or rejections you receive this winter. You are a lovely person with so much more to you than this application process.

love & light <3

anonymous asked:

I'm an M2. I'm pretty excited but the flip side is really nervous...I've heard this year is really hard both in terms of classwork and Step 1. I was wondering: how did you organize a study schedule? How did you decide which resources to use? HOW DO I SURVIVE THIS YEAR WITHOUT HAVING A MENTAL BREAKDOWN? It's only the beginning but I feel woefully inadequate! :(

That’s normal. Second year hits most folks like a tons of bricks. Take a deep breath. It’s going to be ok. For me second year was hard to find the right studying resources.

My suggestions for books are:
+ Pathoma for pathology
+ Clinical Microbiology Made Ridiculously Simple for micro
+ Basic and Clinical Pharmacology for pharm
There are also other books in the Clinical XYZ Made Ridiculously Simple series that many people liked as well. A lot of people also liked the Rapid Review books- and the Goljan audio is really nice to listen to while working out, on road trips, and doing housework (ask around, someone has it). I didn’t use them, but the BRS series might also be helpful. It just depends on you and what resource works with your brain.

Also, start doing questions NOW. Get the Kaplan or USLME-rx question banks and do questions alongside what you are learning. Do a set number of questions every day. Save UWorld for when you are actually studying for Step 1.

Get a First Aid and start read whatever you are learning about just once, annotate it if you wish. So, by the time you get to Step 1 prep you will have at least seen all of Frist Aid once, and that is helpful.

As far as a study schedule goes here is what second year weekdays usually looked like for me…
8am-12pm: Lectures
12pm-1pmish: Lunch, maybe nap
1:30ish-10pm: Studying. Usually a mixture of doing that day’s learning objectives, watching pathoma, reading outside materials, and questions. Somewhere in there I ate dinner.

Weekends were usually something along the lines of….7:30am: wake up, look at flashcards or something on my phone in bed with the still-sleeping Cabbage (weekend snuggles are crucial for me).
8:30ish: Ok I’m starving now, the Cabbage makes breakfast because he is great
10am: Part ways, go home and clean the house, start laundry
12pm: Lunch
1pm-10pm: Studying with break for dinner

Finally, be nice to yourself. Some days you won’t be able to focus on anything. That’s ok, take the day off. Finish early some nights and go out with your friends or an a date with your partner or sit by yourself in your living room in your underwear and eat greasy delivery pizza out of the box and drink cheap wine. It’s ok. You need that. Do it.

I know it seems like a lot. It is a lot. But you can do it. Don’t worry so much what other people are doing, find what works best for you and stick with that. Good luck!