so i was really really really “sad” (for lack of a better term) yesterday and kit sent me this:
it’s like the only thing that made me smile yesterday and today i am still “sad” so i’m posting this here to remind myself that i’m loved by someone who does cute and thoughtful things for me even when we can’t be together
Listen, Ghostbusters passes every test I can think of for the treatment of women in media.
Bechdel Test: All the women have a lot of conversations about things other than men. Like ghosts, and cadavers, and technobabble. (ETA: One tumblr user pointed out to me that the original context of the test is more about lesbians not feeling alienated by media than feminist critique, and the fact that the movie a) passes the test and b) features a lesbian character (Word of God but still) played by a lesbian actress makes it specifically friendly to lesbians. I didn’t know that when I wrote this, but now I do, so I’m throwing that out there.)
Sexy Lamp Test:None of the women can be replaced by a sexy lamp and have the plot remain intact.
Mako Mori Test:All the women have a narrative arc about busting ghosts and gaining respect, with the separate arc of Erin and Abby re-gaining their friendship, and neither arc supports a man’s story. (ETA: I believe there may be a second Mako Mori test that applies exclusively to WOC, because I’ve had people ask me if the test is related to two non-white characters have a conversation/seen people saying the test only applies to WOC? But definition I heard most often about (defined here) didn’t specify that the test was intended exclusively for WOC. Basically if there’s a second test/definition, I didn’t know about it when I wrote this originally.)
Furiosa Test: The movie pissed off manbabies on the internet.
I don’t normally do big dramatic posts like this but the scariest shit happened to me today, so pay attention friends in America, because IRS Scams are happening.
I was at work today, and get a call from a Washington number, i answered and it was recording telling me to call the number back, this is a final notice from the IRS. Well, naturally, that got my attention.
I call the number, and a woman answers, says her name is Ashley Johnson. She tells me i’m being sued by the IRS for tax fraud and that there is a warrant put for my arrest. That DEFINITELY got my attention.
I ask how is that possible? She tells me from the years of 2008-2012, my taxes were filed incorrectly, which has resulted in my owing the IRS over 6,000 dollars. I ask how this can be a final notice because I never received any correspondence from them. She then reads me my address, asks me to confirm it, and tells me 3 letters had been sent to my place of residence.
I NEED TO POINT OUT HERE, I DID NOT GIVE HER MY ADDRESS. SHE ALREADY HAD IT.
I tell her I’m genuinely confused about how this could possibly be happening, and she starts getting VERY nasty with me. She rambles off the facts she’d already presented to me again, very aggressively. I respond very calmly by saying that I’m being very receptive to what she is saying, I’m not being argumentative at all, and I just want to resolve this issue, that I don’t appreciate the way she is talking to me when I’m cooperating.
She responds by informing me, again, that there is a warrant out for my arrest.
I ask about a payment plan. My friend’s ex boyfriend had owed back taxes, and they set him up with a plan, so I knew it was an option. She says, yes, we can set that up. How much can you pay right now.
I tell her I can’t pay anything right now, that I literally I’ve paycheck to paycheck and the soonest I could have any money at all is in two weeks when I get paid again. She tells me if I don’t pay 1,000 dollars right now she will send a deputy to arrest me.
She asks if I have a credit card, I respond no. She asks how much money is in my savings account, and I respond by telling her I don’t have one, that I’m not trying to be difficult but I literally don’t have anything to give her. She gets very nasty with me again.
At this point I’ve informed my coworker what is going on, and the woman she was ringing up at the register over heard.
Back on the phone, I tell the woman once again I’m really trying to work with her and I don’t appreciate her speaking to me the way she is.
At this point the customer and my coworker walk over. The customer tells me its a scam, don’t tell them anything. My coworker takes the phone from, and proceeds to tell the woman on the other line she’s my mother, and begins in on a conversation with her.
From what I could hear, she’s being very nasty to my coworker as well, who is now demanding that the letters that were sent to my house be faxed to us immediately. My coworker finally says that she thinks this is a scam, that they can’t send anyone to arrest me. The woman on the other line finally hangs up on my coworker, and i promptly burst into tears.
LISTEN TO ME. THE IRS WILL NEVER CALL YOU DEMANDING MONEY OVER THE PHONE. THEY WILL NOT DEMAND MONEY WITHOUT SENDING YOU A BILL FIRST. THEY WILL NOT ASK FOR YOUR CREDIT CARD OR DEBIT CARD INFORMATION OVER THE PHONE.
THEY WILL NOT THREATEN TO ARREST YOU.
This is serious guys. Everyone take warning. Reblog this. Spread the word.
Friends with anxiety and or anyone prone to panic attacks, do not let them get to you. I spent the rest of the day having an anxiety attack, because some seriously terrible human beings were trying to do something truly terrible.
Here’s a link to the IRS page that warns about scamming, and how to be on the lookout:
“now that parks is over i want a funny show to watch” WATCH BROOKLYN NINE NINE
“but i want a show that has a snl allum” BROOKLYN NINE NINE
“i need poc portrayed in a positive and nonstereotypical way” BROOKLYN NINE NINE
“i want a show with more strong female characters that are still feminine” BROOKLYN NINE NINE
“yeah but it needs positively portrayed poc lgbt character(s) too” BROOKLYN NINE NINE
“i need a cute male lead” SERIOUSLY HAVE YOU SEEN ANDY SAMBERG COME ON B99
ok but the first time we see patty she’s so so good and so pure. she’s working a shitty job at the mta probably making minimum wage, is ignored by the flow of people bustling past her trying to make their trains, probably surrounded by creeps like rowan on a daily basis. but she isn’t complaining, she’s smiling, she’s wishing people a good day, she’s just sitting behind her booth being cute and happy with an enormous smile on her face you just know is genuine. patty is so good and happy and I adore her