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Best Friends (Part 2)

Summary: Meeting in college, you and Bucky strike up a friendship. And that is all there is, until Bucky realizes he’s in love with you. But it might just be a little too late for that.

Word Count: 890

Part 1

A/N: If you aren’t in the tags yet, and you told me you wanted to be in the tags, I apologize. This part was queued up minutes after I made part 1 and I’m at work ahhh. You’ll be included in part 3 for sure. Hope you enjoy!

Originally posted by jlstreck


Two weeks later, you ran into him again. This time, you were sitting down for your political science final exam and he had taken the seat right next to you. He recognized you first.

“Hey!” he greeted, wide smile on his face as you turned to look at him, perplexed. “Girl that I thought was Dot and snuck into her bed! How are you?”

You tilted your head, your brain still going over political theory and not processing what he had just said.

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“I’ve heard some rumors from some heartbroken students that you’re currently in a relationship, Elric. Care to inform me?”

“Oh ha ha, wonder where they got that idea, with you following me home everyday. You’re grading your own papers tonight, bastard.” 

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*Throws my favorite RoyEd AUs*

Have I told you that I love College Professor AUs? 

Last month, the fashion designer Tory Burch launched an ad campaign called “Embrace Ambition.” It features black-and-white photos of celebrities wearing various slogan-brandishing T-shirts: Mindy Kaling wears “BOLD,” Kate Bosworth wears “STRONG,” Burch herself wears “AMBITIOUS.” This last T-shirt can be purchased on the Tory Burch Web site for sixty-eight dollars. For the thriftier shopper, there are thirty-dollar bracelets, which come on a placard saying “#EMBRACEAMBITION” and “JOIN THE MOVEMENT.” Proceeds from this merchandise are directed toward the Tory Burch Foundation, which helps support women entrepreneurs. (It administers a small fellows program and connects women to business education and affordable loans.) A New York Times piece about the “Embrace Ambition” campaign calls it a “public service announcement” aiming to reclaim what has become a dirty word.

Burch aims to be apolitical: she told the Times that she wants her campaign to be something that “unites, rather than divides” the country and pointedly noted that she has “lots of Republican friends.” Which is partly why the campaign feels so beside the point. Women’s ambition is still structurally hampered, as it always has been in this country, by failures of policy—the absence of paid family leave and decent worker protections, for instance. (To this effect, the Tory Burch Foundation did publish an interview with Lilly Ledbetter on Equal Pay Day.) But in much of American popular culture women’s ambition is now encouraged at a fever pitch. Ads frequently show images of frighteningly ambitious women: a recent Equinox campaign showed a model sitting in a restaurant, wearing expensive formalwear and breastfeeding twins. It is standard practice for mainstream women’s publications to celebrate any woman who has achieved any degree of wealth or prominence, regardless of what that success might be or mean. On the Tory Burch Foundation’s Instagram account, you’ll find dozens of celebrities promoting #EmbraceAmbition as if it were a clean-water initiative. Ambition, for women, has been marketed as a mandate, and the model of ambition that’s most commonly marketed tends to resemble Ivanka Trump—the superficially appealing woman who can pay to have it all.

A new anthology of essays about women and ambition, “Double Bind,” edited by the fiction and memoir writer Robin Romm, tries to embrace the concept in a more substantive way. In her introduction, Romm, who is in her early forties, writes about her sense, as a young woman, that “striving and achieving had to be approached delicately or you risked the negative judgment of others.” She felt a pull between the hardness of her ambition and the softness of her socialization, and calls this “the double bind of the gender, success paired eternally with scrutiny and retreat.”

Romm notes that many contributors to “Double Bind”—a group that includes Molly Ringwald, Ayana Mathis, Roxane Gay, Francine Prose, and Lan Samantha Chang—found this project difficult. Ambition “felt connected to deeply private impulses and actions that made them too vulnerable,” Romm writes. It seems, too, that, as an abstract idea, ambition is just fiendishly complicated to write about. It is at once deeply idiosyncratic and indicative of larger cultural forces; in many of the essays, the writers seem to be inwardly thrashing against the idea that they could generate meaningful insights on the subject. Work at what matters to you, the essays say. Prepare for thrills and compromises, particularly involving children. Consider my doubts about my own achievements. Strive for an ending of rueful hope.

Reading one crackling, cheerless narrative after another, I started to feel that there was another—and possibly trickier—conflict at work. Ambition will always be complicated for women, and not just because of external impediments: it is an imperfect drive, enacted in imperfect circumstances, that inevitably leads to imperfect things. The more compelling essays in “Double Bind” address this head on. Elizabeth Corey, a political-science professor at Baylor, cautions against the extreme focus on success and productivity that one sees applied to both work and motherhood. “We simply cannot approach marriage and family in the spirit of achievement at all,” she writes. The novelist Claire Vaye Watkins writes about a trip back to her home town, Pahrump, Nevada, where being on “free lunch means you’re a scrounge, but reduced lunch means you’re regular.” Only two kinds of people make it out of there, she explains: “kids gunning for something and kids running away.” When Watkins meets a promising young student, she wants to both help her and caution her. Watkins was a runner, and she’s melancholically aware of the dislocations that her ambition has caused.

In a spirited, cutting essay called “Snarling Girl,” the novelist Elisa Albert reorients the entire premise of “Double Bind.” “Maybe my great ambition, such as it is, is to refrain from engagement with systems that purport to tell me what I’m worth compared to anyone else,” she writes. She adds, “What I would like to say is Lean In my hairy Jewish ass.” Albert spells out the foolishness of trying to generalize about ambition: the desire to be a first-generation college student isn’t easily comparable to the desire to shatter a glass ceiling or own a luxury car or write a work of genius. “Our contexts are not the same, our struggles are not the same, and so our rebellions and complacencies and conformities and compromises cannot be compared.” To Albert, ambition is a quality that arises organically from both vanity and a genuine wish to do good work; it’s also something she regards as alien and horrific. “So you got what you wanted and now you want something else,” she writes. “You probably worked really hard; I salute you… . But if you have ever spent any time around seriously ambitious people, you know that they are very often some of the unhappiest crazies alive, forever rooting around for more, having a hard time breathing and eating and sleeping, forever trying to cover some hysterical imagined nakedness.” Albert’s essay is easily the most ambitious in the collection.

There’s an infantilizing undertone that is often present in the discussions of women’s ambition happening right now. On the Web site for the Tory Burch Foundation, you’ll find an ambition pledge (“I will: Embrace ambition. Proudly articulate my ambition. Not hide it”) and an “Ambition Guidebook,” which encourages you to “gather your favorite pen, pencil, colored pencils or markers.” Within that guidebook, there’s a box for writing down ten things you love about yourself, and another box in which you can “draw or write your dreams.”

Another prominent symbol of female ambition put forward this year is a statue of an elementary-school student: the bronze “Fearless Girl” staring down the famous bull on Wall Street. The statue was conceived by an advertising agency for an investment firm whose twenty-eight-person leadership team contains five women; according to the sculptor, Kristen Visbal, the statue “reminds us today’s working woman is here to stay.” It’s dismaying, and revealing, that this message is most easily conveyed through a figure of a girl—her skirt and ponytail blown back in the breeze, cheerfully unaware of the strained, exhausted, overdetermined future that awaits her.

headcanons I have about the Hamilton college au

Alex: political science/ English double major, never stops working, has to go, has to get the job done

Burr: law major, really frickin hates Alex bc he gets away with everything and passes all his classes with almost straight A’s

Eliza: social sciences major, really wants to work with kids in like therapy or social services, total cinnamon roll

Angelica: women’s studies major, probably started an equality club, wants to double major in political science

Peggy: photography major, hella artsy, the definition of aesthetic

John: biology major, favorite thing to study is animals, has thought about changing his major to veterinary

Lafayette: hella undecided, can’t figure out what to do with his life, poor bean is a ball of stress bc he feels like he doesn’t have a plan for the future (but he’ll be ok)

Herc: design major, makes hot pants™

Dad™Washington: political science professor, really wants to strangle Alex and Thomas bc they’re always about to strangle each other, needs a vacation

Jefferson: political science major, is definitely the guy who has crazy parties on the weekends and gets completely hammered, probably stoned 24/7 but still somehow manages to pass all his classes

Madison: political science major, but only bc he felt pressured into it, follows Thomas around all the time bc he was the first person who talked to him when he transferred from a different university

Phillip: English major, really loves writing, def has all the ladies bc he’s the cliché sensitive one™

Maria: business major, is way smarter than anyone gives her credit for bc they just see her as a pretty face (but she could totally destroy you)

Would anyone else watch the crap out of a Phineas and Ferb college Series?

Cause I would! Think about it:

-Phin politely telling the professors that their science is wrong because of this and that. (He’s too nice to yell, except at Candace during special episodes)

-Them being hit with stuff that college kids have to deal with, like I want this new video game, but that’s taking money out of my food supply and then I won’t have enough ramen to get me through

-Freaking out over finals

-Spring Break trips!

-Phineas getting WAY too excited at Izzy’s soccer games.

-More of Izzy being a total BA please and thank you.

-Ferb being a total ladies man with his whole “smart but silent type” omg

-JEALOUS PHINEAS CAUSE YOU ALL SAW HOW ATTRACTIVE ISABELLA WAS IN THE FUTURE

-All of them trying to plan to get together like old times (ya know, since they’re all going to different colleges I’m pretty sure)

-Them making new friends and telling them all about their awesome summers and the friends don’t believe them

-The gang calling all these non believers and confirming

-Going to class in their pjs because they honestly couldn’t care less

-Buford for Valentines Day putting on the Cupid’s costume “For the last time!” He says every year but everyone knows it will be back.

-Phineas being really really REALLY oblivious to the fact that the other girls adore him, not that he cares cause he’s already good with his current gf.

Feel free to add more!

Why people believe conspiracy theories like ‘pizzagate’

“Tens of millions of people believe in conspiracy theories,” Dartmouth political science professor Brendan Nyhan tells CNN. “It’s not a reflection of mental illness or pathology. It’s a common thing that otherwise smart and well-informed people do.”

What has changed, though, since the heyday of the John Birch Society in the 1960s, is the rate of proliferation and speed at which the dark whispers turn to public pronouncements.

And u thought it would get better? I chuckle……
Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host chosen to replace Bill O’Reilly, deliberately tried to demean political science professor Caroline Heldman’s argument for higher taxes on the very wealthy by saying, ”You’re from an affluent family. What does your Mom think of this?”

The other day some political science professors at my school had a lecture on the Armenian Genocide and a lot of Armenians from the school and surrounding community were there and I made a whole bunch of Armenian friends and there were these really cute Armenian grandmas and I love all of them so much and they invited me to their Armenian church for their next food festival and no offense but I can’t wait to go

anonymous asked:

"oh look another male anon" Bitch, did you just assume my gender?! One, I am not male. Two, sure you did, look how traumatized you are, like, you totally did... ha! Three... the wage gap doesn't exist. Get over it.

wow I can’ t bel ieve, rape victims can never recover.. never have healthy relationships, am azing.. therapy is Fa KE

wow I can’t believe the wage gap doesn’t exist, fuck my political science textbook, lessons & professor, professors don’t know shit.. amazing

like literally any econ/poli sci major could tell you this like it’s not rocket science anon

Where Do the Flowers Go Chapter Eight

Chapter Seven

Summary: You and Bucky go undercover in Lenox Hill
Warnings: language


His phone flashed and Bucky smiled as he looked down at the picture that you had sent him. You were in your scrubs, pretending to sleep on the table in the break room with half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in your hand. “Lupei!” Baxter shouted as he walked passed Bucky’s office. Bucky fumbled with his phone and grabbed his tablet before standing up and rushing after his boss.

“Mr. Taylor?”

“Come on, Nic,” Baxter said, laughing as he lead Bucky into his office. “I’ve told you before, call me Baxter.”

“Baxter?” Bucky corrected himself, his eyes filled with humor as he sat down in the soft chair in front of the desk and turned on his tablet. “Do you have questions about the statements? Or maybe the spreadsheets?”

“No questions,” Baxter said. “Your work is amazing, Nic. You’ve already earned your keep.”

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According to University of Connecticut political science professor Jeremy Pressman, between 3.5 million to 4.2 million people marched in the United States alone today (as of 10:30pm EST on 21JAN). These are clearly the largest protests in U.S. history. With solidarity marches across the globe, Women’s March 2017 is without question the largest and most important—and peaceful!—protest march in world history.

Here’s a link to his up-to-date spreadsheet

LITHUANIA, Vilnius : People walk past a mural on a restaurant wall depicting US  Presidential hopeful Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin greeting each other with a kiss in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on May 13, 2016.
Kestutis Girnius, associate professor of the Institute of International Relations and Political Science in Vilnius university, told AFP -This graffiti expresses the fear of some Lithuanians that Donald Trump is likely to kowtow to Vladimir Putin and be indifferent to Lithuania’s security concerns. Trump has notoriously stated that Putin is a strong leader, and that NATO is ‘obsolete and expensive.’
AFP PHOTO / Petras Malukas