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Why would young people love a country that seems not to love them? | Zoe Williams | Opinion | The Guardian
The TUC is right: young people should join a union; workplaces should recognise collective bargaining; if this is a class cohort, nobody could tell you more about mobilising as a class bloc than a trade union. But any explanation for young people’s failure to do so that relies on personal deficiencies will turn out to be catastrophically complacent.

Also this week, the young were revealed to be less proud of their Englishness than ever before, with one in 10 saying they were actively embarrassed. There is nothing more corrosive to patriotism, of course, than hearing your situation blithely, constantly misrepresented by your countrymen. A lack of national pride may feel like the least of our problems, set against the damage done when there’s a surfeit of it. Yet it speaks not of cynicism, but of a failure of reciprocity. It’s hard to love a country that shows no sign of loving you.
UK  youth  millennials  tradeUnions  post-industrialism  work  insecurity  precarity  gigEconomy  exploitation  England  Englishness  nationalIdentity  dctagged  dc:creator=WilliamsZoe 
13 days ago by petej
If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week?
If you are a leader who is wondering “Why am I working harder than ever?,” take a good look at yourself, the organization that has created you, and the organizational practices you are perpetuating. Working hard can be rewarding and exhilarating. But consider how you are living. Recognize when you are driving yourself and your staff too hard, and learn how to help yourself and your colleagues to step back from the brink.
insecurity  work  professionaldevelopment  anxiety  business  overworking 
5 weeks ago by toastednut
FIC: 10,000 Pieces - writings and ramblings
Summary: Pieces and patterns, edges and shapes.
sga  john_rodney  romance  angst  insecurity 
7 weeks ago by bekap
Mother Country - Chandri - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
None of them were made for this bureaucratic nightmare, but they couldn't just leave the people of Pegasus to twist in the wind. That wasn't why they were here.
sga  *  john_rodney  teyla  ronon  sam  kavanagh  radek  torren  S4  friendship  insecurity 
7 weeks ago by bekap
Little Storms - Chandri - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
None of them like to admit it, but sometimes John's wrong. Usually it's Rodney who has to say so.
sga  john_rodney  angst  teyla  ronon  team  friendship  insecurity 
7 weeks ago by bekap
Schadenfreude Pie - Chandri - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
Ever since he saw the ring, John's been acting strange, and Rodney wants to know why.
sga  john_rodney  insecurity  S4  teyla  ronon 
7 weeks ago by bekap
In This Era of Liberty - Chandri - Stargate Atlantis [Archive of Our Own]
They lose the Daedelus at the beginning of the fifth year. That's the first night John crawls into bed with him.
sga  john_rodney  declassification  breakup  teyla  ronon  radek  sam  friendship  *  insecurity  angst  selfesteem 
7 weeks ago by bekap
letsgostealafandom: Winter Song (To You)
Eliot sat up straight when the lights went out throughout the apartment.

In which Eliot gets stranded at Hardison and Parker's place during a storm, and they have to huddle for warmth. A+++ trope execution, would roll around in the Eliot feels again.
fic  leverage  het  slash  threesome  parker/hardison/eliot  insecurity  postcanon  <5K 
8 weeks ago by spatz
Sick of Myself — Real Life
The algorithmic bubbles that social media construct around us are key part of the consolation the platforms provide. Their constant, reliable presence let us consume a sense of the ontological security the platforms are in the process of eroding. The filter bubble is not an unfortunate accident, as Mark Zuckerberg suggested in his “global community” manifesto, but an essential source of social media’s appeal — the aspect that allows it to counter postmodernist vertigo. If all the content on Facebook is tailored to suit the company’s construction of who we are, then consuming it is like consuming a coherent version of ourselves.
culture  identity  socialmedia  insecurity  ontologicalinsecurity  criticism  health  psi  digitalhealth  mentalillness  depression  anxiety  forslack 
10 weeks ago by timcowlishaw
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo | The New Yorker
"John’s movies convey the anger and fear of isolation that adolescents feel, and seeing that others might feel the same way is a balm for the trauma that teen-agers experience. Whether that’s enough to make up for the impropriety of the films is hard to say—even criticizing them makes me feel like I’m divesting a generation of some of its fondest memories, or being ungrateful since they helped to establish my career. And yet embracing them entirely feels hypocritical. And yet, and yet. . . . 

How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.

While researching this piece, I came across an article that was published in Seventeen magazine, in 1986, for which I interviewed John. (It was the only time I did so.) He talked about the artists who inspired him when he was younger—Bob Dylan, John Lennon—and how, as soon as they “got comfortable” in their art, they moved on. I pointed out that he had already done a lot of movies about suburbia, and asked him whether he felt that he should move on as his idols had. “I think it’s wise for people to concern themselves with the things they know about,” he said. He added, “I’d feel extremely self-conscious writing about something I don’t know.”

I’m not sure that John was ever really comfortable or satisfied. He often told me that he didn’t think he was a good enough writer for prose, and although he loved to write, he notoriously hated to revise. I was set to make one more Hughes film, when I was twenty, but felt that it needed rewriting. Hughes refused, and the film was never made, though there could have been other circumstances I was not aware of.

In the interview, I asked him if he thought teen-agers were looked at differently than when he was that age. “Definitely,” he said. “My generation had to be taken seriously because we were stopping things and burning things. We were able to initiate change, because we had such vast numbers. We were part of the Baby Boom, and when we moved, everything moved with us. But now, there are fewer teens, and they aren’t taken as seriously as we were. You make a teen-age movie, and critics say, ‘How dare you?’ There’s just a general lack of respect for young people now.”

John wanted people to take teens seriously, and people did. The films are still taught in schools because good teachers want their students to know that what they feel and say is important; that if they talk, adults and peers will listen. I think that it’s ultimately the greatest value of the films, and why I hope they will endure. The conversations about them will change, and they should. It’s up to the following generations to figure out how to continue those conversations and make them their own—to keep talking, in schools, in activism and art—and trust that we care."
mollyringwald  thebreakfastclub  #MeToo  2018  film  1980s  teens  youth  identity  sexism  harassment  johnhughes  chauvinism  nationallampoon  writing  homophobia  tedmann  sexuality  sixteencandles  prettyinpink  change  harveyweinstein  adolescence  havilandmorris  insecurity  sexualharassment  misogyny  racism  stereotypes  outsiders  invisibility 
10 weeks ago by robertogreco
Entwined Branches
In a world where the government keeps a close eye on alphas, betas and omegas -- to the point of making certain everyone with these traits is mated by the time they turn eighteen -- it's no wonder the condition has become rather rare. It is, however, essentially unheard of to be unmated at thirty-three, but Jensen Ackles is an alpha who's good at staying under the radar. That is, until he's not and he's matched -- by bureaucratic decree -- to 18-year-old omega, Jared Padalecki. This is the story of how the two of them find far more than they ever thought they could.
Author:strive2bhappy  Supernatural  Slash  fanfic  Jensen/Jared  Romance  Smut  Fluff  Angst  Hurt/Comfort  Relationship:Developing  Alpha/Beta/Omega  Knotting  SelfLubrication  Mpreg  ArrangedMarriage  Insecurity  Possessive  Jealousy  Mating  MatingCycles/InHeat  Length:50.000-100.000  OneShot 
10 weeks ago by Ambrosine8

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