Fantasy writer, books include The Books of the Raksura, The Element of Fire, The Death of the Necromancer, Wheel of the Infinite, The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, City of Bones, Stargate: Atlantis tie-in novels, YA fantasies, and a Star Wars novel.
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The contempt and disgust people who have never been poor have for people who ARE poor is a sign of their lack of their basic humanity. It’s hard to be poor. It’s dangerous to be poor.
Most of the people I know who say that poor people have it ‘too easy,’ couldn’t last a goddamn week being poor….
She’s right. Those who haven’t been poor, who say the poor are lazy, that jobs are just laying on the ground … they have no clue. None. I’d like to see them live in a four-room house with a coal stove for heat and an outhouse for a bathroom for—oh, let’s be nice and say a month.
Or how about the lap of luxury, a trailer.
I don’t think they could do it. Feed the kids? Gas for the car? Utility bills when you’re poor? Two, three jobs, or public assistance?
I don’t think so.
I work for the Department of Social Services, so I do things like determine eligibility for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps), and let me tell you…while there are certainly individuals who abuse the system, you would not want to trade places with a single one of my clients. yes, even the ones who abuse the system. it’s not like anyone ever gets rich off the system.
the vast majority are not lazy. they’re just trying to do the best they can while up against backbreaking odds…struggling with two or three crappy part-time jobs where entitled affluent people sneer down their noses at them while they do work for eight bucks an hour that the same entitled affluent people wouldn’t do for fifty. trying to get food on the table and keep the lights on, keep a roof over your kids’ heads…
anyone who tells me that poor people are lazy will get slapped.
-This sums up why I love this show. The most underrated Star Trek ever created. Twenty-years ahead of its time. And in my opinion, the best they ever made of Gene Roddenberry’s legacy. Currently streaming on Netflix. Give it a shot.
Now everyone will know its secret. That DS9 is just one big Action Comedy movie about Star Trek nerds.
roselerner said: Dear Man, Sometimes when I'm walking down the street and my face happens to be in repose, men will request or, in extreme cases, order me to smile. Why is this? Should I oblige them? Yours, &c., A Woman With A Naturally Solemn Face
We all know that it is impossible that you could be thinking of something other than the man before you as you walk down the street. Why would a female think of the household budget or the book she is reading or whether she is likely to be sacked for knocking over the coal scuttle, when she could be thinking about a Man instead?
No; your failure to smile must be a personal judgment. For shame, Naturally Solemn. If you do not smile, men will believe that they are not the center of your universe. Only a heartless jade would send that message.
Now, I recognize that smiling at random men on the street will no doubt open women to all sorts of advances from unscrupulous fellows who mistake their pleasantries for interest. But that is what women get for smiling at all men willy-nilly. Shameless hussies!
I hope I have clarified why men order you to smile. How else are we to teach you that you cannot win?
Male Center of the Universe