what a teenager

Some thoughts about the “DC sex trafficking ring” stuff spreading all over FB this week:

You know statistically, it’s very likely that missing kids are runaways/throwaways (50%), or that they’re reported missing due to a simple miscommunication (38%), or were taken by a non-custodial parent, which typically happens as a kinda revenge against the custodial parent (7%). That’s 95% of cases right there.

Underage people who run away or are kicked out have an increased chance of entering the sex industry, but a study conducted in NYC showed that extremely-few underage sex workers are even pimped: for some kids, doing sex work is actually preferable to whatever shitty things were keeping them trapped at home. I don’t wanna argue about the “ethics” of underage sex-working or whatever, it’s just a reality of what some teenagers do to survive in nearly-impossible circumstances.

Which brings me to another concern about how we ignore the systemic, and much more difficult to address, reasons why kids end up missing. It’s rarely stranger-danger, and more likely something like abuse (physical, mental, sexual, etc.), or a broken child welfare system, or queer kids feeling unsupported at home or whatever.

Politicians and law enforcement and whatever other opportunists love to jump on whatever new sex trafficking panic rears its head (which happens routinely in different forms) as a way to crack down on already-marginalized communities (poor ppl, poc, sex workers, illicit drug users). They arrest a buncha of adult streetworkers and massage girls, tossing em into the inherently-VIOLENT carceral system, and get pats all around for “at least doing SOMETHING”.

And ppl point to sketchy-but-more-benign magazine-salesperson recruitment posters and stuff as proof of trafficking (pix of which a number of folks on my feed have been passing around this week), thinking that that’s what trafficking looks like, just out in plain sight like that (believe me ive had some sketchy jobs like that and so have my friends but they were technically legal and non-sexual! There are tons of ways to economically exploit highschoolers that won’t get you thrown in prison bc “free market” n shit).

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-a woc friend who is shy and wants to remain anonymous.

but just a reminder: the stats around trafficking are deliberately vagued up by antitrafficking orgs who stretch the definition of youth and the definition of trafficked, but the info we have gives us no reason to believe that sexual exploitation numbers differ materially from sexual abuse and rape numbers; that is, two thirds of sexual abuse and assault are committed by people known to the survivor or even their family.

if you want to support kids and survivors of sexual violence, you need to be supporting the creation and funding of youth shelters, day centers, drop in centers, the renewal of RHYA and the inclusion of LGBT in the population services it funds, and a total overhaul of the child welfare system AND the DHS: adults in foster homes and developmentally disabled adults are exponentially more likely to be sexually exploited and abused than almost any other category of adult.

dracoaries  asked:

You don't know of any school fics where Wade bullies Peter at first? I found one (Through the Lens), and now I'm hooked on that AU. :P

There are fics with Wade being the bully type but Through The Lens by  thedeadcanwrite goes further in that type than the other from what i recall.

The Teenage Biker Stereotype(series) byCrimesOfADeadpool

I’m Wasted On You by   haeal

Redemption by  

veryunmotivatedJust you wait.   by  cumberbum

Detention, Lunch and a Dance by CrimesOfADeadpool

Counting the stars at our fingertips by schierlingsbecher

poor impulse control  by merycula (thanksillpass)

Ask yrself what you call a teenage girl that is on the political left and has a tumblr account? If your answer is misogynist why would you post on tumblr other than just to feel like a big boy

watching my roommates try to form and keep relationships is so mind numbing. my roommate just said “this guy i like was behaving so immaturely last night when i told him i was dating other guys. he told me he didn’t want to discuss it tonight and he wanted to go to bed and think about it. like really? what a teenager! so i’ve been ignoring him all day and im not going to talk to him until he gets over it and texts me first.”

please. p l e a s e

I really want to know what teenager on tumblr is seeing a sheith drawing and going “hm… perhaps I too should be with an older person…”

is this a thing that actually happens lol. Hilariously enough I wanted to be with older people when I was young but mainly because they were less annoying than the people in my age group, however I understood it was inappropriate and no amount of shipping fanart online swayed me in that viewpoint.

Why do antis infantilize teenagers so much?

The Archie Andrews hate is unnecessary because:

  • He’s a high school student struggling with what HS students are SUPPOSED to be struggling with. Their career path. (This makes for a funny meme tho so that’s ok)
  • He’s doing what any normal teenager would do when a murder happens in the town..which is to move on.
  • He spent all summer helping his dad with his struggling business.
  • Is a statutory rape victim
  • was manipulated by the person who raped him to not talk about Jason causing him even more guilt.
  • Used his body as a human shield to step b/w Jughead and Reggie and got a black eye for it.
  • Offered Jughead a home as soon as he saw his living conditions without second thought.
  • Stood up for Jughead and told his dad that Jughead should not be sinking because of his fathers relationship with FP.
  • Apologized to Betty for not being there to help even though the previous episode he had offered it and she turned it down with Jughead.
  • He does his best to help his friends when they actually bother telling him what’s going on in their lives.
  • Archie is a character with faults who sometimes needs to think about what he says before blurting it out but overall, he does his best to be there for all his friends.

In conclusion:

Archie Andrews is a sunshine child who doesn’t deserve this hate.

P.S. Feel free to add on.