TATBILB: you should know i'm green, but i'll find my way around, Lara Jean/Peter, NC-17, 5K
The thing is: sure, the romance novels Lara Jean reads probably aren't the most accurate depiction out there, but generally speaking, she knows how sex is supposed to go.
fandom:tatbilb  pairing:larajean/peter  rating:nc-17  author:gdgdbaby  yuletide 
19 days ago
TATBILB: always read the dedication, Lara Jean/Peter, R, 9K
Peter smiles as he sees her, that lazy half-smile that made her heart race when she was sixteen.

It’s too late to run now, her mind helpfully supplies, though she made a real habit of it in her teens. Twenty-something Lara Jean Song Covey is a grown ass woman who doesn’t run when she sees an ex she never quite got over, who still fucks her up with a look across a crowded room.

No. Twenty-something Lara Jean Song Covey puts her chin up and walks straight into the fray.

(Twenty-something Lara Jean Song Covey also stops a waiter on the way to the fray and gets a giant glass of chardonnay because she’s not getting through this night sober.)

(Twenty-something Lara Jean Song Covey is a realist.)
fandom:tatbilb  pairing:larajean/peter  rating:r  yuletide  futurefic  author:sevenfoxes 
22 days ago
IWTGH: Discerning and particular, Rudy/Mike, PG-13, 7K
“Well,” Rudy drawled. “Mike Webster. It seems that, once again, we find ourselves as lone islands of sanity amidst a sea of clones.”
fandom:korman  futurefic  college  pairing:rudy/mike  rating:pg-13  yuletide  author:scintilla10 
22 days ago
HEYER: Domestic peace, Alverstoke/Frederica, R, 2K
(Frederica) Somehow, Frederica thinks that domestic peace will only be the start of their shared happiness. While peace proves elusive, there are distinct benefits to the louder, and more boisterous, aspects of marital happiness.
fandom:heyer  rating:r  yuletide 
22 days ago
MH: The Ballroom Dance Debacle, Bruno/Boots, PG-13, 5K
Mandatory lessons in ballroom dance unite the Macdonald Hall boys with the Scrimmage girls, but probably not the way the Fish and Miss Scrimmage intended.
fandom:macdonaldhall  pairing:bruno/boots  rating:pg-13  yuletide  author:meretricula 
22 days ago
OP: The Hidden Prince, Zoro/Sanji, R, 80K
Zoro's simple life masquerading as a human is forever changed after he saves his irritating, curly-browed coworker from a violent attack. As his secrets unravel, the incubus must run from the oppressive regime that is relentlessly hunting him. But being a fugitive isn't so bad, especially when a certain cook has no choice but to come along for the ride. AU, ZoSan.

(Good, but also weird? I dunno, I felt a lot for Zoro and I wanted everyone to stop being mean to him. :( Luffy is the best though.)
au  fandom:onepiece  pairing:zoro/sanji  rating:r  author:flyingstewardess 
26 days ago
NIF: lay your burdens down (let me carry you), LinShu/Jinyang, R, 19K
There are a number of recurring themes in Jingyan's life, and they all come down to Xiao Shu.

(Look, if it's mpreg or death -- I'll pick mpreg. It makes as much sense here as the effects poison of the bitter flame. And the rest of the story is so lovely.)
fandom:nirvanainfire  rating:r  pairing:linshu/jingyan  author:tammaiya  mpreg 
5 weeks ago
NIF: The Next Life, LinShu/Nihuang, PG-13, 17K
Such a cold response comes as a shock. He'd expected impassioned pleas from her-- he had been steeling himself to endure them. Instead, he is left to consider, with a sudden sense of foreboding, how formidable Nihuang could be as an enemy.
Post-series, alternate ending. Lin Shu ends his engagement with Nihuang. Nihuang lets him. Jingyan finds this unacceptable.

(a lovely post-canon continuation/happy ending)
fandom:nirvanainfire  pairing:linshu/nihuang  rating:pg-13  author:julad 
6 weeks ago
NIF: Accustomed To Disguise, LinShu/Jingyan, PG-13, 5K
Jingyan tucked his hands into his sleeves and said with serene and infinite calm, “I am going to kill him.”
fandom:nirvanainfire  pairing:linshu/jingyan  rating:pg-13  author:emilyenrose 
6 weeks ago
NIF: Even to the Edge, LinShu/Jingyan, R, 7K
Whether as Lin Shu or as Mei Changsu, there's something obvious about Jingyan that he's missed.

[a.k.a. the one where Mei Changsu didn't know that Jingyan was in love with Lin Shu.]
fandom:nirvanainfire  pairing:linshu/jingyan  rating:r  author:soera  angst 
6 weeks ago
OP: Hands Down, Zoro/Robin, Sanji/Robin, Zoro/Sanji, NC-17, 31K
Shortly after her arrival, Zoro hasn't accepted Nico Robin into the crew but she doesn't seem to mind. In fact, she is very interested in him. And in his chemistry with the ship's cook.

(Dude, this is the fic I didn't know I wanted. Sexytimes Robin/Zoro and Robin/Sanji with bonus voyeurism and matchmaking endgame Zoro/Sanji.)
fandom:onepiece  pairing:zoro/sanji  pairing:zoro/robin  pairing:sanji/robin  rating:nc-17  author:the_quartermasters 
6 weeks ago
OP: unintended consequence, Zoro/Sanji, PG-13, 7K
Imagine person A making person B a friendship bracelet, expecting person B to never wear it, but when it’s given to them person B puts it on and is rarely seen with it off.

A group of marines charge, Zoro slices through them, and in that instant Sanji feels his own eyes grow wide. Because there, on the arm now outstretched towards him, steel glinting in hand, is the stupid bracelet he’d given Zoro. The bastard is actually wearing it.
fandom:onepiece  pairing:zoro/sanji  rating:pg-13  author:itsmylifekay 
6 weeks ago
How Restaurants Got So Loud - The Atlantic
Fashionable minimalism replaced plush opulence. That’s a recipe for commotion.
article  topic:architecture 
7 weeks ago
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.

(A very interesting longform article on a phenomenon and the myriad factors that might contribute to it, but I'm not sure I agree with the conclusion that it's a problem? Frankly, the way we socialize men and their views on sex and women seem like a bigger problem.)
via:popular  topic:sex  topic:relationships 
9 weeks ago
ORIGINAL: A Lucky Find, m/m(/m/m), NC-17, 8K
As they shook hands, Kyle flared his nostrils, and Tanner realized he must be an alpha. It flustered him a little. He’d mostly avoided the alphas in high school, but he didn’t want to be rude, and walking away mid-conversation would definitely be rude. Besides, maybe alphas in college weren’t such dicks. Kyle hadn’t shoved him into any lockers yet or anything.

“You with the fraternity?” Tanner asked, chagrined to think he might have been dissing the party to one of the hosts.

“This one?” Kyle snorted and pulled out his phone. “Absolutely not. We just come to the first party of the year to stake out the competition, you know?”

“The competition for pledges?”

“Something like that.”
a/b/o  fandom:original  college  rating:nc-17  pwp 
9 weeks ago
FFXV: Birthday Firsts, Gladio/Prompto, NC-17, 6K
Prompto's turning eighteen, and it should feel like a big deal. Except it isn't, not to him - not when every other birthday has been just as lame and lonely as the last. But when Noct decides to throw him a party, things may just turn out different this year, after all.

(Aww this was sweet. Not too sweet. Cute.)
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:nc-17  author:lhugy_for_short 
11 weeks ago
YGO: Out From The Cold, Seto/Jou, NC-17, 9K
While lost in memories about his days at the orphanage, Seto Kaiba sees Jounouchi walking home in the sleet and rain. On a whim he offers him a ride and suggests they duel.
fandom:yugioh  pairing:seto/jounouchi  rating:nc-17  author:sitabethel 
october 2018
YGO: Lower Domino Landscaping, Specialists in Commercial, Residential, and Matchmaking Jobs, Seto/Jounouchi, PG, 5K
In hindsight, Kaiba probably should have done a more thorough screening of the landscaping company before he hired them. Instead, he’d taken the word of a colleague who’d boasted that his topiary hedges had never looked more pristine, more geometrically accurate since hiring Lower Domino Landscaping. So, when he emerged from his bedroom on a beautiful June afternoon and stepped out onto the balcony to see Jounouchi Katsuya, shirtless and in low-slung, torn jeans, hauling a bag of mulch over to the flower beds beneath the balcony, Kaiba was surprised, to put it lightly.
fandom:yugioh  pairing:seto/jounouchi  rating:pg  author:vanludwig 
october 2018
VF: Click, Asami/Takaba, NC-17, 262K
"I will lay you bare, Akihito. I won't allow you to hide from me."

Ace computer hacker Takaba Akihito is embroiled in a crucible of intrigue and self discovery when he becomes the focus of Japan's top crime lord Asami Ryuichi as well as a mysterious and dangerous adversary.

(Minor typos throughout, but an interesting look into Asami's mind and motives which I find believable in-fic, though may differ from canon given recent canon. Lots of sex, as can be expected, but relationship/character development does occur through them as with canon. Not enough Feilong tbh but I guess one sure way to make me be defensive of his character is to leave him out or making him. Otherwise, though, interesting AU take.)
au  fandom:viewfinder  pairing:asami/takaba  rating:nc-17  author:highladynyx 
october 2018
YGO: insanity is just a point of view, Seto/Jou, R, 1K
Okay, so you and Kaiba Seto make out once or twice a week. You fail to see how that is anyone else's business. [1728]

(kpop inured me to 2nd person pov. voices in this a p good, though I guess 'puppy' and 'mutt' is inescapale thanks to canon...)
via:scorpionvoices  fandom:yugioh  pairing:seto/jounouchi  author:rethira  rating:r 
october 2018
The Cruelty Is the Point - The Atlantic
The cruelty of the Trump administration’s policies, and the ritual rhetorical flaying of his targets before his supporters, are intimately connected. As Lili Loofbourow wrote of the Kavanaugh incident in Slate, adolescent male cruelty toward women is a bonding mechanism, a vehicle for intimacy through contempt. The white men in the lynching photos are smiling not merely because of what they have done, but because they have done it together.

[...] This isn’t incoherent. It reflects a clear principle: Only the president and his allies, his supporters, and their anointed are entitled to the rights and protections of the law, and if necessary, immunity from it. The rest of us are entitled only to cruelty, by their whim. This is how the powerful have ever kept the powerless divided and in their place, and enriched themselves in the process.
article  topic:privilege  topic:politics 
october 2018
Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh changed everything in the #MeToo movement.
Ford, and Kavanaugh’s other accusers, by contrast, have made space to talk about the pitfalls of an entire culture of toxic masculinity and sexual misbehavior, one in which most American women have found themselves at some point in their lives, whether or not any single manifestation rises to the level of a sex crime. The overarching themes of the Kavanaugh allegations—beer-fueled high school antics, college men bonding over the sexual humiliation of a woman, white upper-class boys behaving badly—are more familiar to the average American woman than #MeToo movement’s biggest stories, which involved sustained targeted abuse within the context of specific industries. And while the insistent, unexpected rise of #MeToo and its spate of high-profile male departures might have suggested that America was finally ready to hold sexual abusers to account, Kavanaugh has proved that little has changed. Indeed, not only will the boys who laughed as they sexually terrorized their female peers never face consequences for their behavior: They will also end up running the country.
article  topic:assault&harassment  topic:rape  topic:misogyny 
october 2018
VLD: a kiss, and we can't go back, Shiro/Lance, NC-17, 5K
“He’s not an animal, or feral, or whatever you keep calling him.” Lance looks straight into the creatures eyes when they light upon him. “You’re threatened by him. You’re afraid.”

Lance can tell he’s hit a sore spot by the straightening of the creature’s spine.
h/c  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17  author:godsensei 
october 2018
DCU: Late Bloomers Guide to Interpersonal Boundaries, Dick/Jason, PG-13, 4K
“Tim,” Dick said eventually, “do we know anything about Jason’s dating history?”

(Dick goes to Tim for help with the family's estranged black sheep. Tim would be happy to help if Dick would actually tell him what's going on.)
outsider.pov  fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:pg-13  author:pentapus 
october 2018
VLD: Careless, Shiro/Lance, NC-17, 6K
Shiro thinks it’s probably hard not to be at least a little in love with Lance. Unfortunately, he doesn't say this out loud.

Shiro and Lance don't talk about the right things and make everything needlessly complicated.
fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17 
september 2018
VLD: For the World to See, Shiro/Lance, PG-13, 10K
In which Lance is a dork for space, Shiro brought Lance's album with him to the ISS, and everyone else in their lives wishes they'd shut up about it for ten damn minutes.
au  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:pg-13  author:bosstoaster 
september 2018
VLD: Don't Be Mad, Shiro/Lance, Lance/Keith's dad, NC-17, 18K, WIP
The team finding Keith's dad on the opposite side of the universe from earth was probably not on the list of things Lance expected. That list usually included intolerable food goo, some fighting, being hopelessly in love with his team leader who couldn't care any less, cool explosions... If he needs a new normal though, something to distract him from that third fact, he's glad it's Keith's hot as hell cowboy dad. Not his problem if Keith has an aneurism every time Lance mutters 'daddy' within 500 yards of him, and if Shiro seems weirdly pissed too? Well. That's not Lance's problem either.

(Holy shit, Lance's voice is so good in this, and it is outrageously good for my id in terms of pining and dirty guilty smut.)
wip  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17  author:shirotabek 
september 2018
FFXV: the weekend we were in love, Gladio/Prompto, PG-13, 10K
Prompto needs a date for his cousin’s wedding. Gladio volunteers his services.

“It’s one weekend, Blondie. I can pretend to be in love with you for that long.”

(It went from ADORABLE and hilarious to sweet and achey and aww. I yelled a lot during the Big RomCom Speech Moment scene though, I just hate those on principle.)
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:pg-13  author:taizi  pretend.dating 
september 2018
TW: Waiting Games, Derek/Stiles, NC-17, 5K
Being an only child and heir to the throne, Stiles had always known he may not have the luxury of marrying for love. When he’d realized he was an omega to boot, things had taken an even more uncomfortable turn for him.

Omegas are rare. An omega as the heir apparent is almost unheard of.

Which is why there is no wiggle room when it comes to the tournament.

(Does a surprising amount in 5000 words, and I enjoyed all of them. Enough to build a relationship I could buy, though I wouldn’t have minded the extended version either. But sometimes a good fic knows when not to be 70k words for no reason.)
au  fandom:teenwolf  pairing:derek/stiles  rating:nc-17  author:jerakeen  a/b/o 
august 2018
TW: You Fit Me Better, Derek/Stiles, R, 5K
It's only been eight months since he started having the dreams, but he's already cracking. He's heard of people living thirty, forty years with them, unable to find the one, complete the bond.... He doesn't know if he could do it. The euphoric, in-love feeling that used to carry into his day now hurts. It feels like someone's ripping it out of his chest every morning and he's bleeding, all day, until he's asleep again and he is there.
soulmates  fandom:teenwolf  pairing:derek/stiles  rating:r  author:jerakeen 
august 2018
TW: Beauty and the Ex, Derek/Stiles, R, 26K
Stiles doesn't want to screw up his chances with Josh, so he does something he may regret: he goes to Derek Hale, Josh's intimidating ex-boyfriend, for dating advice.

Things don't go according to plan. But with a little magic (and werewolves) they might go all right.

(Totally ridiculous and totally adorable. I only enjoy boundary-crossing pack behavior when it's tongue-in-cheek like this.)
fandom:teenwolf  pairing:derek/stiles  rating:r  author:aggybird  au  !♥ 
july 2018
TW: Introduction to Zero-Sum Anthropology, Derek/Stiles, PG-13, 19K
Stiles buys Derek a set of cooking spoons. Derek retaliates with lunch.

The war begins.
fandom:teenwolf  pairing:derek/stiles  rating:pg-13  author:apocryphal 
july 2018
VLD: How To Use a Long Rest, Shiro/Lance, NC-17, 41K
In which the team's game of Monsters and Mana isn't actually a game, and Lance takes good care of Shiro. Several times.

(This is largely PWP, but I really like the dynamic of growing feelings between the two. It’s so sweet and written well, in a less in-your-face and spelled out way that uhhh can be the tendency in this fandom.)
au  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17  author:avoidingavoidance 
july 2018
VLD: The Real Shiro, Shiro/Lance (Kuron/Lance), NC-17, 7K
When Allura revives Shiro, Lance realizes the man he's been sharing a bed - and his heart - with is the not the person he thought they were.
angst  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17  author:thinkpink 
july 2018
DCU: My Downfall is Rooted in Your Desperate Need, Dick/Jason, NC-17, 50K
Dick isn't Orpheus and he can't play a lyre. But that's okay because the analogy falls apart the longer you look at it.

He's just not going to let Jason stay dead a second time.

(Ugh, typos, but yay, kinda plot and relationshippy drama.)
fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:nc-17  author:victoriousscarf 
june 2018
Anthony Bourdain Was Who I Wish I Was
Traveling the world eating and drinking well and making friends with seemingly everyone you come across does seem like just about the perfect life, but Bourdain’s ability to do the former was directly a function of the latter, of his willingness and desire to meet people on their terms.

[...] What most people are most curious about is themselves; what he seemed most curious about was the way the lives and experiences of the people he met were distinct from his, and from everyone else’s. This among other things made him a journalist in a far more serious sense than just about anyone else you’d read or see on your television.
article  topic:suicide  topic:food 
june 2018
DCU: I Think I Wanna Marry You, Dick/Jason, PG-13, 3K
A night out for drinks and a certain Bruno Mars song land Dick and Jason in an interesting predicament. Guess it’s as good a time as any to come out to the family.

(Silly/ooc premise but ic for what it is and well written and I love it.)
fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:pg-13  author:dinolaur 
may 2018
STXI: Cause and Effect, K/S, R, 14K
In the midst of Vulcan's destruction, Jim Kirk saves the life of a Human woman he only later learns the name of: Amanda Grayson.

It isn’t long before Spock quickly finds gratitude transforming into a crippling and terribly inconvenient attraction.
au  fandom:stxi  pairing:k/s  rating:r  author:ragdoll987 
may 2018
DF: Blood Magic, Harry/Thomas, NC-17, 122K
Professional wizard Harry Dresden thought his life was complicated when all he had to worry about was hiding his less-than-platonic feelings for his half-brother, Thomas. Then he gets a call from a Warden of the White Council: a warlock is coming to Chicago to work a spell powered by human sacrifice, and it falls to Harry to stop it. To make matters worse, Detective Murphy of Chicago PD wants his help on a theft that seems to have been committed with magic. Harry is sure the two cases are somehow linked, and he, Thomas, and Murphy will have to work fast to uncover the connection in time to stop the warlock.

(Let me come back with a write-up but, whew, read it like a full on novel.)
fandom:dresdenfiles  pairing:harry/thomas  rating:nc-17  author:blackat_t7t  mystery 
may 2018
DCU: you, a violent desire, Dick/Jason,, NC-17, 3K
Gotham's stuck in a heat wave and Jason calls in Dick for some help with a white collar case in an apartment with no AC. What follows is inevitable.

(Sticky hot.)
fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:nc-17  author:element78 
may 2018
STXI: Another Story, K/S, R, 23K
It’s not that he’s insecure. It’s just that Jim had grown up thinking he wasn’t allowed to want things for himself. For the longest time, he didn’t bother. The first time he said ‘fuck it’ and did it anyway, he landed in the captain’s chair. The second time…

An overview of the main DNSB storyline from Jim's POV.

(Skims over plot events covered in DNSB, focusing primarily on the changing relationship and Jim's POV, filling in some gaps. It's nice but I do prefer the fuller story.)
fandom:stxi  pairing:k/s  rating:r  author:kianspo 
may 2018
DF: Prince Takes Knight, Harry/Thomas, NC-17, 5K
Thomas looked up at me with raised eyebrows. “You want me to go with you into the heart of High Sidhe, home to the most powerful and sadistic monsters this side of December- as arm candy?”

(I'm into it.)
fandom:dresdenfiles  pairing:harry/thomas  rating:nc-17  author:dachosmin  pretend.dating 
may 2018
Young People Are Lonelier Than Their Elders : Shots - Health News : NPR
In fact, some research published in 2017 by psychologist Jean Twenge at San Diego State University suggests that more screen time and social media may have caused a rise in depression and suicide among American adolescents. The study also found that people who spend less time looking at screens and more time having face-to-face social interactions are less likely to be depressive or suicidal.

However, the Cigna survey didn't find a correlation between social media use and feelings of loneliness. This would on the surface contradict the new findings on screen time, but Holt-Lunstad says that previous research shows that how people use social media determine its influence on one's sense of isolation.

"If you're passively using it, if you're just scrolling feeds, that's associated with more negative effects," she says. "But if you're using it to reach out and connect to people to facilitate other kinds of [in-person] interactions, it's associated with more positive effects."

That last finding is also corroborated by the Cigna survey across all age groups. Respondents who said they have more in-person social interactions on a daily basis reported being less lonely.

The survey also found that working too little or too much is also associated with the experience of loneliness, suggesting that our workplaces are an important source of our social relationships and also that work-life balance is important for avoiding loneliness.
via:popular  topic:health&medicine  article 
may 2018
There's Always Been Blood On UNC's Confederate Statue
“I smeared my blood and red ink on the statue because the statue was lacking proper historical context. This statue, Silent Sam, was built on white supremacy. It was built by white supremacists. It was built by people who believed that Black people were inferior and wanted to intimidate them. So these statues were built on Black blood. These statues symbolize the violence toward Black people. Without that blood on the statue, it’s incomplete, in my opinion. It’s not properly contextualized.”
article  topic:racism 
may 2018
STXI: Something Smart to Do, K/S, R, 21K
In which Jim finds himself fake-married to his first officer every other month. It's not his fault. Mostly. Dowries and Klingons are involved. Starfleet is decidedly not amused.

(A few typos but overall delightful.)
author:kianspo  fandom:stxi  pairing:k/s  rating:r  pretend.dating 
may 2018
He was one of millions of Chinese seniors growing old alone. So he put himself up for adoption. - The Washington Post
Having endured so much, his generation expected to grow old like those before them: living in a family compound, cared for by sons and grandsons. For Han and millions of others, that has not happened. That made him mad.

The problem, Han told anyone who would listen, was that young people have abandoned the old model, but the government had yet to find a new system for senior care.

Jiang Quanbao, a professor of demography at the Institute for Population and Development Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong University, said that the challenge is that China is both an aging society and a developing country. China “got old before it got rich,” he said.
article  topic:relationships  topic:china 
may 2018
1D: Forgotten how to stand, Niall/Louis, NC-17 25K
Niall is a Chelsea midfielder recovering from major knee surgery. With luck, he should be back and better than ever next season, but for the summer he's basically housebound, and in the back of his mind he knows he might never play again. To liven up the monotony, he seeks out the services of Louis, a high-class hooker who's happy to make house calls. And although Niall's been with professionals in the past, he couldn't have expected the feelings he has for Louis, how quickly being with Louis starts to feel like being with a friend. Or more than a friend.
au  football  fandom:onedirection  rating:nc-17  author:beckaandzac  pairing:niall/louis  hookers 
april 2018
MH: Listening Lessons, Bruno/Boots, PG-13, 4K
The note, in Diane's neat handwriting, says For your Walkman - not to be shared with ANYONE, and we will know, Walton, and there are three sleek black tapes enclosed with it. Boots laughs when he sees it.
fandom:macdonaldhall  pairing:bruno/boots  author:emilyenrose  rating:pg-13 
april 2018
The Nancy Pelosi Problem - The Atlantic
In addition to being a masterful legislative tactician, the 77-year-old Pelosi is, in Politico’s words, “the most successful nonpresidential political fundraiser in U.S. history.” Yet many of her colleagues want her gone. In November 2016, almost a third of House Democrats voted to depose her as leader. Another coup attempt erupted last summer. Why so much discontent with a woman who has proved so good at her job? Maybe because many Democrats think Pelosi’s unpopularity undermines their chances of winning back the House. Why is she so unpopular? Because powerful women politicians usually are. Therein lies the tragedy. Nancy Pelosi does her job about as well as anyone could. But because she’s a woman, she may not be doing it well enough.
article  topic:politics  topic:sexism 
march 2018
How Can Michigan State University Regain Anybody's Trust? - The Atlantic
Michigan State University Is Botching Its Reputation-Rehab

School officials should be following the post-crisis blueprint from Pennsylvania State. Instead, they’re making things worse.

related: http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-started-10-million-therapy-fund-nassar-victims-heres-how-thats-going
article  topic:abuse 
march 2018
FFXV: Smooth Operator, Gladio/Prompto, NC-17, 4K
Gladio's one of the hottest guys he knows, and he'd been doing a really good job not thinking about that in more than an abstract way. Fire is hot, the sun comes up in the east, getting Noct out of bed is the most thankless chore on the planet, and Gladio is insanely attractive. Just... facts. That are somebody else's problem.

(Contains: shaving. Hot.)
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:nc-17  author:venatornoctis  pwp 
march 2018
How Self-Aware Are People, Really, According to Science? - The Atlantic
Humans’ blind spots are predictable: There are certain types of traits where people can’t see themselves clearly, but others where they can.

[...] People know themselves best on the traits that are tough to observe and easy to admit.

[...] Any time a trait is easy to observe or hard to admit, you need other people to hold up a mirror for you. Romantic partners and close friends might be more informed, because they’ve observed you more—but they can also have blurrier vision, because they chose you and often share that pesky desire to see you positively. You need people who are motivated to see you accurately. And I’ve come to believe that more often than not, those people are your colleagues.
article  topic:identity 
march 2018
What renovations are worth doing? - Curbed
Renovations have become a national pastime, but there is nothing wrong with your house
article  topic:design 
march 2018
FFXV: Manhandle Me, Daddiolus, Gladio/Prompto, NC-17, 14K
Prompto's got it bad for a certain dark, tall, muscular hot shot, but he's absolutely positive Gladio could never want him back. Right? Right. Not in a million years. He's just a skinny kid with a weird kink for being picked up, thrown around, and maybe fucked into a wall. Gladio would definitely never go for that. Right?
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:nc-17  author:lhugy_for_short  pwp 
march 2018
salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread – smitten kitchen
Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread, or Why Would I Make Another Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever Again?
march 2018
Opining on Olympic men (part 2): Yuzuru Hanyu, no doubt, the greatest
Few figure skaters in the history of the sport have had the kind of awe-inspiring presence that Yuzuru Hanyu has right now. For six years, he has captured the imagination of his entire country of Japan and won the hearts of fans across the world. As he won his second Olympic title today, joining only three other to have won two or more Olympic titles in men's skating, he did it under extraordinary circumstances in an era where skating has never been deeper and more competitive.

Great, indeed; and I'd argue, the greatest.

(Come at me, bro.)
sport:figureskating  athlete:yuzuru.hanyu 
february 2018
Slate | Rob Porter's history of abuse wasn't a secret.
Taken together, all the grown-ups in the room protected, privileged, and covered for Rob Porter despite everything they knew about his pattern of abuse, because his career was important to them. Even well-educated, high-status, articulate white women who were lawfully married to Porter didn’t matter enough to be taken seriously.

Please stop asking why women don’t come forward. These women did. They believed that once the police, the FBI, the White House, and John Kelly knew what they knew, Porter would stop ascending in their ranks. They were wrong.
article  topic:abuse  topic:privilege 
february 2018
VLD: Retreat, Shiro/Lance, R, 5K
In which Lance feels unwanted and Shiro tries to show him otherwise.
angst  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:r  author:amassivehomosexual 
february 2018
VLD: caught under the space mistletoe, Shiro/Lance, NC-17. 7K
[At the last minute, Lance realizes it's almost Christmas back on Earth and goes all-out to make Christmas happen on the Castleship, too. The only problem is, his mistletoe substitute comes with a slight catch. Hint: the catch is sex pollen.]
holiday  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17  author:imagines 
january 2018
SV: Ice, Clark/Lex, NC-17, 8K
In which Lex almost dies, Clark almost saves him, and there is almost (but not quite) too much schmoop.

(huddling for warmth!)
fandom:smallville  pairing:clark/lex  rating:nc-17  author:molly 
january 2018
Even Larry Nassar Does Not Deserve To Be Raped In Prison
“This is where our commitment to human rights get tested,” Jesse Lerner-Kinglake, spokesman for Just Detention International, said. “It’s the obvious monsters. These are where we put our principles to the test, we have to examine them. Because for us and the culture and the world we want to build is one where there is a clear line and that line is no one ever deserves to raped—and that includes everyone, even the most odious people.”
topic:rape  article 
january 2018
FFXV: when you know you'll know (and i know), Gladio/Prompto, NC-17, 10K
Prompto | 12:34 AM don't be jealous of my finger gun skillz gladio…
Gladio | 12:35 AM Don't you mean skills?
Prompto | 12:35 AM no, I wrote what I meant
Prompto | 12:36 AM skillz
Prompto | 12:36 AM the z makes it cooler
Gladio | 12:37 AM The z makes it something alright.

aka Gladio and Prompto's misadventures in texting.

(Oh noooooooooooo they fall in love. Spoilers.)
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:nc-17  author:myloveiamthespeedofsound 
january 2018
FFXV: In This For the Sneks, Gladio/Prompto, R, 3K
When Prompto gets a message from a guy called ShieldsUpGunsOut on Elixrr, he has no idea that their first hook-up will also bring him up-close and personal with one of his biggest fears.

(SNEKS. Adorable and sweet.)
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:r  author:lhugy_for_short  au 
january 2018
VLD: light up the sky, Shiro/Lance, NC-17, 27K
There was no reason for him to be so upset. Lance let out a groan and buried his head in his arms, ears gone pink. So Shiro had a crush on Allura, so did Lance. Big deal. So Shiro liked to almost inappropriately touch Keith and be overly familiar toward him like they were boyfriends or something, so what? Maybe they were just really close friends. Or maybe Lance was trying too hard to buy into his own delusions and was just going to end up majorly disappointed. Lance groaned again, louder now, and then lifted his head and squinted out at the water.

Had it only been a week he’d been mooning over Shiro?

(Competent grammar although misuse of semicolons; surprisingly sweet otherwise, with everyone having distinct voices. Bottom!Shiro and alpha!Lance worked well and was hot.)
a/b/o  fandom:voltron  pairing:shiro/lance  rating:nc-17  author:scriveyner 
january 2018
The myth of the male bumbler
As the accusations of sexual misconduct roiling politics, publishing, and Hollywood continue to stack up, a few things are going to happen. The first stage of a phenomenon like this will always be to characterize the accused men as exceptions, as bad apples. #NotAllMen, the saying goes. But the second is that everyone is going to try to naturalize sexual harassment. If there are this many men doing these things, then surely this is just how men are! that argument will go. There's a corollary lurking underneath there: They can't help themselves. They're bumblers.

That won't wash. But the only way to guard against it is to shed our weird cultural blindness to manipulative male behavior. We must be smarter than our cultural defaults. We need to shed the exculpatory scripts that have mysteriously enabled all these incompetent bumblers to become rich, successful, and admired even as they maintain that they're moral infants.

[...] This is how the culture attempts to normalize this stuff: by minimizing the damage to women and the agency of men.
article  topic:assault&harassment  topic:privilege  topic:sexism 
january 2018
HP: A Thousand Beautiful Things, H/D, R, 104K
Draco Malfoy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor, an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend.

(Feat. the Jilted Lover's Curse. Feels like two separate fics from the Hogwarts era to after, and possibly more time spent developing Dean than the H/D relationship...but ahh one of those old classics.)
pairing:harry/draco  fandom:hp  rating:r  author:geoviki  au 
january 2018
People who grew up middle/upper class, what did you not believe about low income households but it was actually true?
Poverty is more than money. It’s the psychological and social damage of a family too stressed to function well.
reddit  topic:abuse  topic:socioeconomics 
january 2018
Why 2017 Was the Year of Rose Armitage
In 2017, I learned that the fulcrum of white supremacy isn’t violence, as I had always thought. It was virtue.
article  topic:racism  topic:media 
december 2017
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