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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged class

Apr 18 '14

elegantly-tasteless:

skeletoncrew4444:

Younger gentrifiers love to make being poor some kind of trendy lifestyle of choice and romanticize the fuck out of it while actively and knowingly shitting on the people their stealing resources, homes, and livelihoods from. 

Hipster culture in a nutshell

(Source: realmauricemoss)

Mar 2 '14

dickensianwerewolf:

mer-mage:

dickensianwerewolf:

mer-mage:

The fact that I have to put my dad on FAFSA even though he doesn’t pay for my school anymore is precisely why I’m so damn broke all the time ;_;

I spent the first few years after I left my adopted family’s house only taking one or two classes a term because I couldn’t get her signature on her tax info for FAFSA. The first term that I had left, I tried to do things the usual way, but she refused to sign the papers unless I came back.

That’s so fucking infuriating. They really need to update their methods of calculating whether or not we can afford school.

They set that up and put an age limit of 24 because the assumption that mommy and daddy are paying for school up to that point is super convenient. They get to pretend people without parents, or with estranged parents, don’t exist and so they don’t have to give these nonexistent people money. You can tell the government you’re independent from your parents so you can file without their info, but it’s a lot of work, and pretty nonsensical for an adult to do. Meanwhile, they can explain away this gatekeeping by telling anyone who asks that it’s to keep rich people from cheating the system. Like they ever care about THAT.

(Source: moo-ahyou)

Feb 9 '14
"In sixteenth-century England, as in our own culture, women’s clothing was clearly distinguished from men’s. Until the late Middle Ages, however, men and women had worn similar long, loose robes. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, clothing had been increasingly differentiated to emphasize and produce embodied sexual difference. Men’s robes were shortened to reveal their legs, and the codpiece was invented. Women acquired tight bodices that altered the shape of their breasts and low-cut gowns to display them, and their skirts, which remained long, were widened. In addition to producing visible signs of sexual difference, changes in clothing also produced differences in daily behavior. It was during this same period, for instance, that European women began using sidesaddles, a fashion that was brought to England near the end of the fourteenth century by Anne of Bohemia when she married the English king Richard II. However, gender was not the only or even the most important distinction that early modern English clothing enforced. In fact, although sumptuary laws contained elaborate regulations of male attire to ensure that men’s clothing would express their exact place in the social hierarchy, there was no legislation against cross-dressing. In late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century England, some women adopted the fashion of masculine attire, and although moralists strenuously condemned the practice, it was never made illegal. Moreover, male and female children were dressed in the same attire—in skirts—until they reached the age of seven. Apparently, the physical difference that separated boys from girls was not considered sufficiently significant to be marked by clothing, but the difference in social rank that separated one man from another was so important that clothing which obscured it was forbidden by law. Another indication that both age and status were at least as important as gender in determining an individual’s identity is the fact that medical casebooks referred to children of both sexes as ‘it’ until they reached puberty. In our own culture, by contrast, clothing is gendered from birth, but it is less reliable as an indicator of status and rank."
Phyllis Rackin, Shakespeare and Women (via goneril-and-regan)
Sep 2 '13
"But what was original about Don Draper was that he was a thief—possibly repentant, but not really. That Don Draper understood the ephemeral nature of truth and good breeding. I don’t think I’ve seen a colder scene than Don Draper staring coolly at his brother and effectively telling him to get lost. And I don’t know that I’ve seen a more riveting scene than Draper telling his young Padwan, “This never happened. It will shock you how much it never happened.” That was villainy—villainy in service of an accidental feminism, but villainy all the same. I miss the villain. I miss the Don Draper for whom adultery seemed but the smallest of his sins. And I don’t need him to be redeemed."
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Jan 23 '13
boyprincessftw:

thatsucia:

fromthemitten:

hahahaha one of my roommates in college was a “trust punk” from the Hamptons it was awful he would take his shoes off and go beg for money for shoes and then spend it on drugs.  He would talk about how humans were leeches on the world and then left the space heater in his room run all the time and threw a fit when we turned it off despite the $300+ energy bill for our apartment that was more of a cat playhouse than an apartment and he would let his crust punk friends come over.  remember the scene in A Christmas Story when the dogs came in and went apeshit all over the house, ate the turkey, and ran out?  It was kind of like that.

He tried to tell me once that my red lipstick was going to kill me and I was like “haha it gives a new meaning to femme fatale” and he didn’t get it and was like “I’m serious lipstick is toxic” and I was like “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”

At my college you could always tell who was poor and who wasn’t because the poor kids were the ones breaking out the sewing needle and thread to patch up their clothes so they wouldn’t freeze and the rich kids were the ones who purposefully put holes in their clothes so they’d look poor

boyprincessftw:

thatsucia:

fromthemitten:

hahahaha one of my roommates in college was a “trust punk” from the Hamptons it was awful he would take his shoes off and go beg for money for shoes and then spend it on drugs.  He would talk about how humans were leeches on the world and then left the space heater in his room run all the time and threw a fit when we turned it off despite the $300+ energy bill for our apartment that was more of a cat playhouse than an apartment and he would let his crust punk friends come over.  remember the scene in A Christmas Story when the dogs came in and went apeshit all over the house, ate the turkey, and ran out?  It was kind of like that.

He tried to tell me once that my red lipstick was going to kill me and I was like “haha it gives a new meaning to femme fatale” and he didn’t get it and was like “I’m serious lipstick is toxic” and I was like “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me”

At my college you could always tell who was poor and who wasn’t because the poor kids were the ones breaking out the sewing needle and thread to patch up their clothes so they wouldn’t freeze and the rich kids were the ones who purposefully put holes in their clothes so they’d look poor

(Source: landspeedrecord)

Jan 22 '13
"Data from the new study show, for example, that women make up a majority of the gay and transgender population, and people of color are more likely to identify as gay or transgender than whites. Gay and transgender women, and especially women of color, are also more likely to be raising children than their male counterparts. These data suggests that the “typical” gay and transgender family is likely battling sex and race discrimination in addition to the economic barriers unique to gay and transgender Americans. In other words, achieving social equality and economic security for these families cannot be accomplished by achieving only gay and transgender equality."

New Data Demonstrate the Unique Needs of Gay and Transgender Families | Center for American Progress

Fascinating…

And of course, isn’t that new show ‘the new normal’ about two white cis gay men? hmph. 

(via biyuti)

I kept beating the drum on this when people were painting DADT as a “white gay male” issue when black lesbians and bisexual women were the ones disproportionately being discharged under the policy. QWOC (esp. black) families are more likely to be in poverty too. Nobody seems to want to address that. Every issue impacting queer people, even the ones people think are a waste of time or w/e impact QPOC that much worse due to intersectional concerns.

(via undeadbishoujo)

We need to take care of all our queer families, not just the class and race privileged ones that fit some ridiculous “nuclear” ideal.

(via dickensian-werewolf)

Jan 13 '13

America’s adoption reality

hyunsooklee:

READ THIS ARTICLE.

OECD statistics show that the child poverty rate in the U.S. is nearly double that of Korea, with 20.6 percent of American children living in poverty, as opposed to only 10.5 percent in Korea.

Moreover, there were 400,540 children separated from their parents and living in the U.S. foster care system in 2011. Of these children, 104,236 were eligible and waiting for adoption, and another 58,000 lived in institutions.

On the other hand, there were only 16,523 Korean children living in institutions at the end of 2011, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

So why do we insist on sending our children away to live with foreigners? Who brainwashed us into believing that everything is better in America?
Korean adoption agencies owe American children an apology. For every child they send there, they steal a potential home from an American child. How sorry they should be for hurting American children in that way and for being complicit in the lie that international adoption ― in the way that it is currently practiced ― is a service that puts children’s needs in any country first.
Jane Jeong Trenka for the win. Again. 
Welp.
Jan 13 '13

lizardsfromspace:

Here’s a hilarious Helen Keller joke!

Do you know what no one saw or heard coming?

Helen Keller’s radical socialist activism for the rights of the poor, women, the disabled. And so people ignored and belittled her politics. They argued a deaf, blind person could not know what she was talking about. And so they reduced her to the safe story of a young girl who overcame disability, and nothing else.

Wait I mean haha she was blind! How funny.

Dec 15 '12

p.s. Funny how folks are tossing out allegations of everything from OCD to autism to gross generalizations of mental illness

but somehow no one ever stops to point out that Adam Lanza was a class-privileged able-bodied white male

when it is the latter mass of privileges that have time and time again proved to define a serial killer’s profile, NOT the former spectrum of disability or illness.

(Source: brandx)

Nov 27 '12

ya know why rich kids dress like gangster rappers? they want an air of criminality about themselves. you want to dress like a real criminal? dress like your dad. dudes in suits have done far worse crimes than a gangster rapper could ever dream of. i guarantee you, a load of gangster rappers have never teamed up and stolen the mineral rights in a developing country. that’s never happened. the album would be too long

skullfuck-you:

-Vinnie Paz, from Jedi Mind Tricks-