everybody seems to think ravenclaw is a quiet place to read but i quite disagree
i mean maybe the fact that it’s so light and airy is because they need to be able to open the windows when jack blows something up while experimenting with charms in the corner
and the prefects always have their hands full because fights regularly break out over the fact that ‘post hoc ergo propter hoc is not a legitimate argument, diana!’ and ‘i can’t believe you think dorabella’s star maps are more accurate than mine! what kind of friend are you?’
and then of course there’s the divide between the ravenclaws that revere the old schools of learning and the brash new-world-new-rules ravenclaws that say ‘fuck you!’ to all magical conventions. and man, those prank wars are dangerous (especially when professor flitwick not only fails to stop them, but decides to join in on the fun)
i mean come on it’s a house of knowledge seekers that probably love to argue and theorize and experiment and have a certain amount of pride in their intelligence. things never go smoothly when you’ve got approximately 80 people all trying to be the smartest person in the room
#and then there are the Ravenclaws that go through existential crises every other week because of things they’re reading#WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE HAVE POTIONS HOMEWORK#I’M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHETHER OTHER MEANS OF TORTURE ARE ACTUALLY MORE ETHICAL THAN THE CRUCIATUS#AND IF NOT THEN WHY ARE THEY LEGAL#or#I AM CALLING OFF QUIDDITCH PRACTICE TODAY BECAUSE I HAVE TO THINK ABOUT WHY QUIDDITCH IS DIVIDED BY HOUSES#or I CAN’T GO TO RUNES BECAUSE I AM TOO UPSET ABOUT WITCH HUNTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES#IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE JUST IMAGINE IT#or BUT WHY IS OUR CURRENCY SO ILLOGICAL CAN’T WE FIX IT#or HOW DOES MAGIC GET PASSED DOWN BUT THEN ALSO APPEAR AT RANDOM NOBODY CAN EXPLAIN IT#IS IT IN OUR BODIES OR IN OUR MINDS OR WHAT#(just calm down and come to transfiguration okay)#I WILL NOT CALM DOWN AND I WILL NOT COME TO TRANSFIGURATION#IF YOU VANISH A THING AND CONJURE IT AGAIN IS IT THE SAME MATTER#IS IT THE SAME ESSENCE#(it’s okay. just vanish the pincushion)#IT’S NOT OKAY
I don't know who Ayn Rand is. Should I change that or just let it lie?
Imagine the baby that would result from a night of passion between Ebenezer Scrooge (before the spirits changed his ways) and Mr. Krabs from Spongebob. Now imagine that baby grew up and married the baby that would result from a night of passion between Yzma from the Emperor’s New Groove and Mr. Burns from the Simpsons. Now imagine the newlyweds had a baby of their own, and that baby was raised aboard a Ferengi Starship, where she was tutored in empathy and compassion by Lord Voldemort. Now imagine that baby grew up and someone told her that any opinions she might have or conclusions she might reach are based on objective logic and reason, and that anyone who disagrees with her is simply being irrational. Now multiply that person’s greed and heartlessness by 100 and you’ll begin to see something that comes close to resembling Ayn Rand.
“A methodological strategy that consults transsexuals and allows them to validate (or modify) the research findings is particularly significant given that transgendered people are seldom consulted in the studies, articles, monographs, and books written about them. It is extremely rare that they are given the opportunity to approve how the data of their lives is interpreted.”—Viviane Namaste, Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People (via transfeminism)
disabled people deserve to have their stories told, disabled people deserve representation, disabled people deserve stories that are not just pity ploys, and yes we deserve fucking superhero stories, fuck your abled norms
Same-day voting registration laws help improve and equalize the democracy process, but did you know that it’s now illegal to register and vote on the same day in NC? The republican controlled legislature eliminated same day registration last year, a backwards step for our voting process. Under the new law, voter registration must occur at least 25 days prior to an election.
In 2007 the state general assembly passed a law that made same-day registration legal and voter participation increased immediately. More than 100,000 North Carolina residents registered and voted simultaneously in the 2008 and 2012 general elections (http://ift.tt/1mFNr4M). Demos, an organization dedicated to public policy, conducted research comparing same day vs. non same day registration states. The findings illustrated that same day registration states had higher voter participation than those without same a day policy (http://ift.tt/WFbPyg -same-day-registration-where-it-available).
The law,even showed increased voter participation, especially for certain social groups. Although youths (18-25) comprised 12% of voters in 2012, they were 33% of same day registration voters; Blacks made up 34% of same day registrants/voters (http://ift.tt/1mFNrll). Illustrating even greater racial ramifications to the current law, Blacks utilized same day registration/voting more than Whites in 2012, according to Dr. Michael Herron and Dr. Daniel Smith, two political science professors (http://ift.tt/1mFNrln).
This law is important to me. I don’t believe that my parents participated in the civil rights movement to have their offspring jump through voter suppression hoops similar to the ones that existed in the 1950’s and 60’s. Things should progress, not be repeated under less obtrusive schemes.
Remember, same day registration is now illegal. Get registered to vote today…the right you save may be your own!!!
Register to vote RIGHT NOW if you haven’t already. The sooner the better.
use self diagnosis as a tool to learn more about yourself and your condition
say that you are disabled when you haven’t been professionally diagnosed
speak for people who have been professionally diagnosed
self diagnosed people can say they’re disabled, and they can speak their own experiences with the disorder(s) that they have. sure they can’t speak for professionally dxed people, but that’s a subset of people within the people that have a disorder.
-a professionally dxed disabled person
plus, like…that last bullet point is just good practice regardless of whether you’re self-diagnosed or professionally diagnosed.
I mean, it’s ok to speak as a part of the larger group, and to say “these are experiences a lot of us have”, and to advocate on behalf of the larger group…but as a general rule no one should ever claim to speak “for” the entire group, if that makes any sense. Because there is no One Disabled Spokesperson whose experiences and beliefs will reflect every single disabled person’s, both because there’s so much variation within the word ‘disability’ and because…well, everyone’s experiences are their own and I think there are as many ways to be disabled as there are disabled people in the world.
Basically I’d be surprised if any two people were 100% identical in terms of how their symptoms are and how they manifest, what kind of treatments they prefer and/or can access (if any), what kinds of accommodations they need and what their accessibility concerns are, what works in terms of self-care, how they conceptualize their identity (including if they even conceptualize it as a part of their identity at all)…etc.