My work is doing a cute pet photo contest. 

I don’t think we’re gonna win. 

(Weirdest pet, on the other hand…)

My work is doing a cute pet photo contest.

I don’t think we’re gonna win.

(Weirdest pet, on the other hand…)

I made the mistake (always a huge mistake) of reading the comments of this article (about a badass woman who is confronting and filming people who harass her in the street) and the number of dudes who are like “this one time a woman said my ass looked hot and I took it as a compliment” or “so what, a guy gave you a compliment, your life is clearly over.” is baffling. (Possibly even more baffling than the assholes on camera trying to defend catcalling.)

The other day I was coming out of the grocery store and a dude started yelling stuff at me. I generally just ignore catcallers, so I did that, and the guy started coming towards me, still yelling stuff. I grabbed my bags and ran to my car.

The last time I went to Goodwill, the guy in front of me in line was telling his friend how much he’d loooooove a piece of dark chocolate (the woman in front of him was black). Then he saw me and said, “I changed my mind, I’m in the mood for some carrot cake.” He then asked if I am a “natural ginger- if you know what I mean.” I hung around in the store until I saw him get in his car and drive away. 

I don’t walk down a certain street in my neighborhood anymore because one night I was walking my dog and a dude relentlessly blocked my way trying to get my number. (I made the mistake of letting him pet Layla before I realized what a creep he was - usually I tell people who try to stop me at night that she’s not friendly.)

I carry pepper spray because of the time a dude started harassing me while I was waiting to cross a street and when I ignored him he got all up in my face and started calling me a slut and all I could think to do was go stand next to another guy waiting to cross the road, but honestly for all I knew that guy could be even worse and if he wasn’t there I don’t know what I would have done. 

When my mom and I were touring colleges, a dude told me how fuckable he found me (I was sixteen at the time) and when I ignored him, he told my mom that he’d do her too. When she ignored him, he screamed some lovely swear words at us. 

When I was twelve, my mom and I were at Target. She went to the bathroom and told me to go pick out some school supplies while she was gone. A man started following me up and down the aisles. I found a mom shopping with her kids and pretended to be with them until he went away. (Good call, twelve-year-old Emma.)

And these are just the instances that were the most recent or most scary. I can’t even remember half of what’s been said to me.

But yeah, that one time a woman made a comment to you is exactly the same as this. 

Want to support #education? Donate to Tumblr Teachers’ Classrooms!

jtotheizzoe:

positivelypersistentteach:

Dear Tumblrverse,

Before the explanation part of this post, I need to say this so it will be in posts that are shortened by a reblog: More than anything I ask that you reblog this post so that kind millionaires  more people will see it and more support can be given.   All the Amazon wishlists and blogs are linked below the read more link!

As the new school year approaches, we are obviously in denial teachers are mentally figuring out what materials we need for the school year, what will be provided by the school or families, and what we will buy with our own money as we shop sales (if it is in our budget).  Several members of our #education community on tumblr dealt with unexpected family deaths, weather disasters, or more happy (but expensive) life achievements like getting married or having a baby.  Our pockets have been hit hard, and I think you’d be surprised how much of our own money we spend on classrooms each year.

Many of us teach in areas where our students’ families cannot help with school supplies.  In fact, as I began working on this project, every teacher I contacted to include that came from a more affluent community declined being included so that classrooms in greater need could be helped.  I am in awe of the teachers in this community.  After the jump is a list of teachers and their classroom wish lists for the upcoming year.  If you are able to, please consider supporting a teacher via their wishlist.  If you’d rather make a donation to their supply fund or send a gift card, I’m sure you could contact them and they wouldn’t turn you down.   

So after the jump are the blogs and corresponding wishlists from Tumblr’s teachers — most of the educators on this list I have personally interacted with and know them to be dedicated to their students.

Read More

A new school year is rapidly approaching here in the U.S. and sadly, many families simply won’t be able to provide their children with the school supplies that they need to succeed.

Likewise, many schools are so underfunded that teachers must dig into their own (extremely underpaid) pockets to provide educational materials. Last year, 99.5% of teachers reported spending their own money to provide supplies for their classroom, at an average of $485 per year.

If you are able, I urge you to check out these wish lists from teachers (complied by PPT) who are active in Tumblr’s #education community. And if not one of these teachers, consider helping a teacher in your local community by donating money or supplies through a charity such as AdoptAClassroom.org.

My friend Caren teaches at one such underfunded/high poverty school here in Austin, and I can report first-hand that even the smallest donation can help make the difference in whether a student gets the classroom experience they deserve, and most importantly, the education they so desperately want.

HOW WOULD I POSSIBLY KNOW THAT?
  • Person Trying to Meet with Boss:

    Is he free Thursday?

  • Me:

    Sorry, he's all booked up tomorrow.

  • Person Trying to Meet with Boss:

    I meant Thursday, August 7th.

  • Me:

    aeriklghnaiegnahr;iga;rigag

ProTip, US Air. Saying my name a lot and passively agreeing with me without actually offering real solutions does not make for great customer service. 

Has anyone ever successfully complained to an airline?

I was supposed to fly home from Charlotte on Monday and my flight was delayed, which is typical and NBD. However, after we had all boarded and sat on the plane at the gate for 40 minutes, we were informed the flight had been cancelled since the pilot would go over on the hours he could legally work if he did the flight and another pilot couldn’t be located. So they sent us all back to the check-in counter to rebook, and by the time I got there the next flight they could get me on was at 5pm the following day. 

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They were nice enough to put me up at a hotel, but failed to give me any meal vouchers to pay for food for the next 20 hours, although other people at the hotel who were on my flight had them. 

The next day I went to the customer service desk with my food receipts and explained what happened and they told me they “no longer do meal vouchers except in special circumstances.” Right. Sure. The waitress at the hotel going through a huge pile of them must have just happened to run across 20 people with special circumstances.

The reason this happened was 100% US Air’s fault. It wasn’t the weather or a missed connection or anything that falls under “no one’s fault.” I missed out on a day of income (no vacation days for us freelancers), had to pay for another night of a dog sitter for my dog, and had to purchase 3 meals. This all adds up to over $300. I’m not exactly raking in the dough. I needed that $300. 

Apparently all I can do at this point is email their customer service department, as tweeting, calling, and talking to them in person has not helped.

So. Has anyone done that and gotten some kind of compensation? What did you say? I would take miles or a free flight or a first class upgrade or whatever, it just seems ludicrous that I’m out $300 because of them and all I got was somewhere to sleep. 

Flight cancelled. Stuck in Charlotte for 24 hours. My parents just moved 2 hours away so I can’t go spend time with them. Making the best of it with margaritas.

Flight cancelled. Stuck in Charlotte for 24 hours. My parents just moved 2 hours away so I can’t go spend time with them. Making the best of it with margaritas.

Today, In "My Grandma and I Don't Always Get Along, But She's (Inadvertently) a Funny Lady":
  • Nana (Dad's mom), during a sentimental conversation about my dad's 60th birthday:

    Eh, it was 60 years ago, who even remembers it.

fuckyeahsharks:

If you love Shark Week (as I do), it’s worth telling Discovery what you think!
(via Twitter / poe_NR: @Hunter_Kahn @WhySharksMatter …)

I’ve been following David Shiffman (@whysharksmatter) for over a year now and it was one of the best twitter decisions I’ve ever made. He’s fascinating. 
Shark Week has been such a bummer the past few years. It’s gone from super interesting and educational (with the overall message of conservation) to fear-mongering and lies.

fuckyeahsharks:

If you love Shark Week (as I do), it’s worth telling Discovery what you think!

(via Twitter / poe_NR: @Hunter_Kahn @WhySharksMatter …)

I’ve been following David Shiffman (@whysharksmatter) for over a year now and it was one of the best twitter decisions I’ve ever made. He’s fascinating. 

Shark Week has been such a bummer the past few years. It’s gone from super interesting and educational (with the overall message of conservation) to fear-mongering and lies.