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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 
5 days 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 
7 days 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 
22 days 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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
7 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
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 
9 weeks ago
TW: Waiting Games, Derek/Stiles, 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?
recipes 
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
SoG: Mr Webster's Wager, Ash/Webster, NC-17, 27K
"Double or nothing," said Webster abruptly.

"How exactly do you mean to double 'everything I had?'" said Ash. He meant it to come out level, but there was a quaver in his voice.

"One more trick," Webster said. "Play, and win or lose you will walk away with your fortune." Ash stared at him. Webster made an impatient gesture. "I don't want or need your money. Or your house. Or your coat and shirt, come to that."

It was an offer of princely generosity. Ash's mouth was dry. "And what would you have from me?" he asked.

Something flared in Webster's cool expression for a moment, like a shark flashing a fin in still waters. "A month," he said.
yuletide  fandom:societyofgentlemen  pairing:ash/webster  rating:nc-17  d/s  author:fahye  author:emilyenrose 
december 2017
The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love - BC Novels
An internet troll who wanted attention, the reader criticized his favorite web novel, saying: “The protagonist is dumb and the author is stupid.”

Author: “… Got it.”

Unfortunately for him, the author actually listened to his (troll) feedback. The formerly lighthearted tale of a cute harem master suddenly became super dark and edgy. The reader could only helplessly look on as the the protagonist was abused and betrayed, finally embarking on the road to becoming completely evil. Everything was a mess!

After that the reader transmigrated into a strange world. How come, no matter how he looked at it, the person in front of him looks like the protagonist (evil undead version)? Just what is going on?!

Note: Du Zhe (读者 meaning Reader) and Du Ze (杜泽 the character’s name) sound almost the same
fandom:original 
december 2017
Cornel West’s attacks on Ta-Nehisi Coates, explained
Coates is the latest target in West’s war against Obama.
article  topic:racism 
december 2017
Silicon Valley Techies Still Think They're the Good Guys. They're Not. | WIRED
But even if things stay the same inside the Silicon Valley bubble, change is coming from the outside. Critics from the government, the media, and watchdog groups are calling for regulation, be it antitrust, compliance, or transparency around advertising. Some execs are beginning to acknowledge their personal roles in the shift. But for a lot of them, it’s business as usual. They are still preparing their apocalypse bunkers. They’re still privately wondering if the sexual harassment accusations are turning into a witch hunt. They’re still hiring models to fill their holiday parties. They’re still one-upping one another at Burning Man. They’re still asking if it’s possible to do something, and not whether they should.
via:popular  article  topic:tech 
december 2017
DCU: Through the Wire, Dick/Jason, NC-17, 22K
…to your door, to your door.

When Jason finally works up the courage to get a tattoo he's wanted for years, he attempts to send a picture of it to Roy, who is out of Gotham on an emergency mission. Turns out, Harper and Grayson are awfully close together in his contact list.
fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:nc-17  author:pissvinegarandacrowbar  inkkink 
december 2017
DCU: your face will fade away, Dick/Jason, NC-17, 4K
Jason's soul timer thinks he's dead.

They're not soulmates. But it might just work out.
soulmates  au  fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:nc-17  author:windmire 
december 2017
How Judge Alex Kozinski made us all victims and accomplices.
I am thinking of all the ways in which “open secrets” become their own spheres of truth, in which the idea that “everybody knew” something awful absolved all of us of the burden of doing anything.

[...] When a prominent journalist with a national platform chooses—year after year—not to report on an open secret, or agrees to slouch through yet another dinner or panel or cocktail party, how can it only be about the victims and the harassers? Because really, if you can’t tell a man to back off when you’re 50 and at the peak of your journalistic power, who is ever going to do it? Back in the ’90s, it was too early to report what I knew, what we all knew. And now it is too late. As my friend Rebecca Traister has put it, “the stink got on me anyway. I was implicated. We all are, our professional contributions weighed on scales of fuckability and willingness to go along, to be good sports, to not be humorless scolds or office gorgons.”

[...] But if this moment is going to mean anything, it has to make room for the realization that every last one of us who gave cover to this type of systematic degradation and abuse of power is at the very least responsible for calling it out for what it was. We are also responsible for apologizing, and figuring out how we can start to do better.
article  topic:assault&harassment 
december 2017
STXI: Your heart's sudden but inevitable betrayal, K/S, NC-17, 9K
Every once in while, when he’s feeling the perfect combination of nostalgic and impish, he asks Spock about that night. Most times Spock just smiles that non-smile of his into the curve of Jim's neck, and says nothing.

Or:

They first meet in a bar. In San Francisco. After one of Jim’s epic brawls.
au  schmoop  holiday  fandom:stxi  pairing:k/s  rating:nc-17  author:whatifimamermaid 
december 2017
DCU: i can see you shaking when we kiss, Dick/Jason, NC-17, 2K
You still hit me like a buzz,
seventeen and drunk enough to wish.
 

 

 

 

Jason Todd has loved Dick Grayson his entire life.
angst  fandom:dcu  pairing:dick/jason  rating:nc-17  author:perissologist 
december 2017
MARVEL: just in it for the game, Thor/Loki, NC-17, 6K
“It's excellent rehabilitation for my image,” Loki says, widening his eyes. “They love you, and because of that they'll trust me. You wouldn't ruin this for me, would you?”

Thor glares at him.

Loki’s mouth twitches. “Also, it's the funniest thing that's ever happened to me.”

(Look, I don't even go here, but this is delightful.)
author:grim_lupine  pairing:thor/loki  fandom:marvel  rating:nc-17  pretend.dating 
december 2017
RACIAL (DIS)HARMONY - THE OVERESTIMATED POST-RACIAL POWER OF MEGHAN MARKLE
The thread of simultaneous exoticness and mundaneness that permeates the discussion of Markle, as well as the suggestion that her marriage to Prince Harry will be Britain’s “Obama moment,” implies that multiracial people can foster racial harmony by merging supposedly disparate racial backgrounds. In my own research, I have referred to this framing around mixed-race women as the construction of an utopic subject: a figure that embodies an idealized racial future where race is no longer relevant, presumably achieved through interracial sex, marriage, and procreation.
article  topic:racism  topic:relationships 
december 2017
The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare
Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.
article  topic:business  topic:advertising 
november 2017
4 Ways We Teach Boys It’s Normal to Pressure Girls Sexually - Role Reboot
If you grew up in the United States, it is almost inevitable that you’ve been subject to a few standard aphorisms. These include things like: “Anyone can make it here if they try hard enough,” “Nothing worth having comes easy,” “Hard work pays off,” “Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” and “Success is no accident.”

These messages might sound inspiring, but what happens if what you are working toward is just never going to pan out? What if it is simply unethical? What if your win comes as the result of someone else’s loss? And what if you work your butt off and just don’t succeed?

Ultimately, when combined with the myth that we’re all starting from a level playing field, the hard work message simply serves to reinforce the notion that it’s not structurally sanctioned privilege that gives certain people more power, but rather, that those achievements are due to an individual’s own grit, or perseverance, or determination.

And such beliefs don’t exist in a vacuum.

So for boys who also grow up getting a lot of messages about sexuality (say, that sex with a girl is a rite of passage, a conquest, and the quintessential display of masculinity), there can be some pretty troubling effects.

One of these is that many boys feel the need to prove themselves sexually, and a common way they may try to do that is by putting sexual pressure on girls.
article  topic:sex 
november 2017
FFXV: Tangled up with You All Night, Gladio/Prompto, NC-17, 9K
“Gladio’s not even my type,” Prompto said. “If I were to go out with a guy, it’d be with someone like the Marshal.”

“Cor?” Noctis asked, wrinkling his nose. “But he’s so old.”

“His personality is my type, not his age,” Prompto said. “He’s strong and serious and capable. A good fighter. Dark, mysterious… sexy.”

“You just described Gladio.”
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:nc-17  author:linksofmemories 
november 2017
FFXV: Lavender's Blue (Dilly Dilly), Gladio/Prompto, PG-13, 19K
Prince Noctis technically already has a fiancé, but Insomnia is holding a ball for potential suitors anyway. Prompto couldn't care less. He's just there to take catch Emperor Iedolas in the act of being the evil guy they all know he is, and thereby secure himself and Aranea safe passage into Lucis.

Gladio is Prince Noctis' sworn Shield, and if that means kicking nosy photographers out of the ball, then so be it.
fandom:ffxv  pairing:gladiolus/prompto  rating:pg-13  author:obscurereference  au 
november 2017
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