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Ah, Severus, Thanks very much. Could you leave it here on the desk for me?

 Prisoner of Azkaban, Ch. 8

Despite Snape’s coldness toward Lupin, Lupin is making a concerted effort to be civil to him. He was markedly less openly antagonistic toward Snape when they were young than James or Sirius, and while he can’t have thought the animosity would be entirely gone, it’s reasonable for him to assume that Snape would have been more of a *cough* grown-ass man about the entire situation.

The Wage Gap Is Worse for Black Women

Black women earn just 67 cents for every dollar white men earn.

As the leading woman presidential candidate campaigns against the backdrop of the twentieth anniversary of welfare reform, the legacy of Clinton’s early political career continues to resonate painfully for black women. They still participate in the US workforce at a rate higher than that of other women—59.2 percent, compared to 57 percent of women overall—but still earn just 67 cents for every dollar a white male earns, and only about 80 percent of what a white woman earns each week.

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy and Research (IWPR), the gender wage gap for black women grew markedly from 2004 to 2014: “Black women’s real median annual earnings for full-time, year-round work declined by 5.0 percent—more than three times as much as women’s earnings overall.” Black men’s median earnings fell 6.9 percent over this period. White women’s earnings declined by just .3 percent.

The trend is especially bleak since the financial collapse. Black households overall experienced a major income decline with the recession as well as the subsequent years, according to Economic Policy Institute: “the weak labor market of the 2000–2007 business cycle, along with the Great Recession, have wiped out all improvements in median black income since 1994.”

Black women have long lagged behind white women in narrowing the income gap—white women closed the wage gap with men by some 22 cents per dollar since 1980, but black women closed the gap by just 9 cents. The undervaluing of black women’s labor costs them literally a double-penalty for their race and gender over the course of their lives: the average lifetime income differential amounts to about $877,480, nearly twice as much as the average wage gap faced by white women.

Some relatively poor states saw gains in black women’s earnings from 2004 to 2014: the three largest statewide improvements in black women’s median yearly earnings were in West Virginia, Arkansas, and Mississippi—with wage increases of about 8.5, 8.4 and 5.5 percent respectively. By contrast, Ohio, once a bulwark of middle-class blue-collar jobs, saw a 13 percent drop in black women’s incomes. Altogether, black women’s earnings declined in 13 states by 6 percent or more.

The pattern may reflect in part the role of public sector employment, which has historically channeled communities of color into economic security. In Arkansas, for example, state and local government employment rose by over 5 percent from 2008 to 2012, while the private sector shrunk by 4.7 percent. Mississippi’s public workforce expanded by 5.4 percent, while private sector employment dipped by 1.7 percent.

According to Chandra Childers, co-author of the IWPR analysis, the past decade saw “overall loss of jobs that paid well while low-wage jobs have been growing as a share of all employment…black women and other women of color are disproportionately working in these jobs.”

A study by University of Washington sociologist Jennifer Laird found that in the aftermath of the Great Recession, “Between 2009 and 2011, there was a steep decline in the employment rates for black women in the public sector…As of 2013, prime-age employment rates for black female public sector were still 4.6 percentage points lower than the 2008 peak.”

Another factor aggravating the racial income deficit could be declining unionization, since the wage premium linked to the “union advantage” boosts black women’s earnings by roughly a third more compared to non-union counterparts.

The long-term effect of the earnings gap is a massive racial wealth divide. The typical wealth owned by a single white woman in 2013 was about $15,640, compared to just $200 in assets for a single black woman. Single black women face massive barriers to entering the “ownership society” overall; they own homes and businesses at just about half the rate as single white women. And Black women who do accumulate some wealth are more vulnerable to having it stripped by predatory lending schemes. Nearly four in ten households headed by black women live in poverty.

Black women’s economic stagnation is linked to structural disparities in the workforce. About 47 percent of white women and half of Asian women workers held professional or managerial positions, compared to 26 percent of Latinas and 35 percent of working black women. Black women tend to cluster in lower-paid service and sales jobs.

The income gap also feeds into health gaps: Black women are about twice as likely as their white peers to have a baby with low birthweight. They are twice as likely to die of cervical cancer, and 14 times as likely to die of HIV/AIDS. Black women also tend to face “higher rates of psychosocial stressors such as chronic stress, depression, discrimination and be more likely to live and work in a worse physical and social environment,” according to a recent study based in Mississippi. A 2010 Center for Community Economic Development analysis found that since they a more likely to lack paid sick leave, black women workers are more likely to “be forced to leave a job due to illness.”            

Yet despite continual socially disempowerment, black women form the economic core of their communities. About two-thirds serve as the primary breadwinners of their households. Their social role is influenced by the social devastation of mass incarceration among black men, which has deeply traumatized and destabilized black households.

President Obama has pushed through administrative orders that could boost the economic prospects for workers of color, especially black women. For example, a slew of recent executive orders provides higher wages and safety and job security protections for federal contract workers. And the Labor Department’s expansion of overtime pay standards last year would dramatically improve hourly earnings for women and black workers.


Despite those modest remedies, the disaster of Bill Clinton’s welfare reformone generation on and still failing to deliver on politicians’ promises of lifting black women out of poverty—drove racial inequality, and destroyed safety-net programs through budget cuts and punitive strictures against recipients. The subsequent erosion of the black civil service reveals a ripple effect of reform: first it crushed the public benefits that helped shield communities of color from poverty. And now it’s attacking the black workers who earned a living serving their communities.

There are many reasons why welfare reform “failed” but mainly, it succeeded in it’s primary underlying mission: the project of preserving the racial economic hierarchy has worked exactly as designed.

Fans of Budding, Talented Artist Hoping He Doesn’t Become Popular Enough to Justify Paywall

Fans of the furry artist Xanterfly are praying that his popularity doesn’t grow to the point where he might justifiably institute a paywall. His fans are increasingly concerned about the level of recognition the shining talent is getting, and fear that if he should ever understand the value of his work, or gain confidence in himself, that not only will his slave wage prices go up, he might make his work accessible only by an affordable yearly subscription.

“I know Xanter follows me on Tumblr. I’ve been trying to reblog the highest quality art I can find to try and keep his confidence in check,” Xanter fan Irondog told us, “but I think it’s just inspiring him. And finding art that is markedly higher in quality than Xanter’s is getting harder and harder. Don’t get me wrong though, Xanter deserves all the success in the world, I just don’t want to have to pay for what he obviously deserves to get paid for.”

Another fan has a different approach to keeping Xanter from valuing his own time. “I take every opportunity possible to mention how little teachers and EMTs are paid. I’m not sure the intended message is getting through though; I’m pretty sure he thinks one of those is my job and that I’m just bitching about being underpaid, which is really what he should be doing.”

Fans knew things were getting bad when Xanter had his first successful “Your Character Here” auction, in which the winning bid was much higher than his usual price. His core of fans had all spammed the auction with lowball bids, incrementing the bids by pennies at a time. But it was no use.

At press time, XanterFly’s fans had taken to spreading rumors that Patreon had banned furry artwork, but had little hope of preventing their favorite artist’s inevitable prosperity.

counselorbennet  asked:

"It's cold. We should try to conserve body heat."

He looked concerned that she was cold, and nodded once. He set his solar charger up where it could work and crawled into the bed beside her. 

“I am not terribly warm- you may have noticed that I am made of metal- but once I start to charge, my battery compartment heats up markedly. I have been meaning to have it looked at, but I have not had the time.” He explained, touching the center of his chest where it was already starting to warm up.

“’Everything that is beautiful and noble is the product of reason and calculation.’ What a markedly romantic way to put sensibility - it makes scientists and scholars out to be so much more erotic than they are,” Kristian chuckled through a puff of smoke. He flicked left on Tinder bio lighting up his screen - why he even allowed anyone to make him a Tinder account was beyond him - he must have been helplessly intoxicated. “I would know.” He was only being facetious of course - their circumstances proved very much otherwise.

anonymous asked:

Are there movies starring gothic people? I mean, people with distinguable goth fashion? (Like Angela in Night of the Demons....)

I mean, Beetlejuice is kind of the #1 contender. But Gypsy 83, The Crow, All Cheerleaders Die and Detention all have markedly spooky characters. A few others like Dr Caligari (89) and Mirror Mirror (90) that I haven’t seen yet have spooky characters too from my understanding.

“Specifically, an individual with borderline personality disorder (according to Big Five theorists) may exhibit unusually high and problematic levels of neuroticism while also demonstrating markedly low, but still problematic, extremes of agreeableness and conscientiousness.”

maybe i should just get “borderline” tattooed across my fucking face lol

also, how much borderline could a borderline line if a borderline could line borders?


Sneaking in used to be a lot easier.  

Since the frame of the house had been built outside the temple, there were creaky floors and squeaking doors that Amethyst hadn’t remembered to avoid.  Granted, if the others were inside the Temple, they probably wouldn’t hear, but all the same, any little noise set her off in the state she was in.  She’d already warped to the next-nearest location in order to avoid having her return overheard.  And the long walk had given her entirely too much time to think about everything.

It wasn’t as if they wouldn’t notice her new look eventually.  It wasn’t markedly different, just a few changes in style, but…who knew?  Maybe they wouldn’t.  A lot had been going on, so much more than she wanted to think about.  And it wasn’t as if anyone noticed her much anyway, these days…

She’d almost made it into her room, when she stopped, dropping her head in defeat at the figure that stepped into her path.  Of course.  Her only hope was to play this cool and hope Garnet wasn’t in a chatty mood - which had admittedly been the case more often since Rose left them.  "Hey, Garnet.”

anonymous asked:

What is BPD?

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a cluster b personality disorder that is characterized by a pervasive pattern on instability of interpersonal relationships, self-image, and affect, marked impulsivity beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

  1. Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment
  2. A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships
  3. Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense or self
  4. Impulsivity in at least two areas that are potentially damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating)
  5. Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures, or threats, or self-mutilating behavior
  6. Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability, or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days)
  7. Chronic feelings of emptiness
  8. Inappropriate , intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights)
  9. Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms

- Here’s a comic about BPD that you can read, a little more information about the symptoms, and a guideline about BPD and helping someone with it. Anything that I deem as important, I tag under important stuff <3