Emily Greenhouse asks: Why do news reports still count the numbers of women and children killed in war zones? http://nyr.kr/1xAjgSO
“If we truly wish to identify the most helpless victims, we should count, alongside children, the infirm and the elderly. Instead, we tally the number of women and children killed, reflecting and perpetuating outdated ideas about women’s lives and women’s bodies.”
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fuck this i want grape soda
Slam poetry. Yelling. Angry. Waving my hands a lot. Specific point of view on things. Cynthia. Cyn-thi-a. Jesus died for our Cynthia’s. Jesus cried. Runaway bride. Julia Roberts. Julia rob-hurts. Cynthia. Mmmmm Cynthia, you’re dead. You are dead. Be boop beep you’re dead.Schmidt, 22 Jump Street
You can always be more prepared, of course.
And it depends on which type of fairies, but in cases of Fairy Emergency, my general policy is thus:
- Be polite, but not thankful; generally, they don’t like that.
- Don’t step on any toadstools or in any fairy rings and respect the nature around you.
- Don’t take anything of theirs, not even a bramble on your clothing or a leaf in your hair.
- Leave something of yours (that is of value) for them.
- If lost, turn shirt inside out and put it on backwards to find your way again.
- If you have anything edible, offer it or leave it behind.
- Do NOT eat/drink anything offered, but decline with a simple “I couldn’t.” This is polite but doesn’t insist that other food is better/makes you fuller/all you’ll eat.
- Don’t make any wagers, bets, or play any games. Especially don’t answer riddles.
- Never, ever dance.
- If they do something nice for you, leave out milk and a candle for three nights — either in the place they were last seen (at day break) or for the next three New Moons in a north facing window.
- Don’t ever mention the encounter to anyone.
There are a few tips I’m missing, but it wouldn’t be polite to mention them.
I don’t know how I’m in a place in my life where I could not only agree to but confirm most of these steps.