godonlyknowswhatwentwrong:

godonlyknowswhatwentwrong:

shixen:

After watching Elementary, BBC Sherlock is so fucking boring and pretentious. They use special effects to make up for the lack of actual deduction and explanation and its just so meh. Just disappointing.

BITCH PLEASE. BENEDICT TIMOTHY CARLTON…

/Her/. John Watson was originally written to be a man. Not a woman. The man who plays Sherlock on Elementary doesn’t depict a Sherlock. Sherlock is a cocky character. He’s like a lovable child. Stubborn. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat do an amazing Sherlock. There is no damn reason to be disappointed.

Have you actually read any Sherlock Holmes stories? If you have, I think you must have misunderstood something to really believe BBC!Holmes is written as the same character as ACD!Holmes. ACD!Holmes was not  nearly as much of a childish asshole as BBC!Homles is on the regular. BBC’s Sherlock series made a ton of changes from the original stories, which is fine. That’s kind of the point of adaptations. But then you turn around and say Elementary isn’t allowed to make any changes? Watson can’t be a woman, but Irene can have dumbass plotlines about her being in love with Sherlock and being a pawn of Moriarty? LOL. You must be trolling.

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Haiti’s small, black, Creole pigs were at the heart of the peasant economy. An extremely hearty breed, well adapted to Haiti’s climate and conditions, they ate readily-available waste products, and could survive for three days without food. Eighty to 85% of rural households raised pigs; they played a key role in maintaining the fertility of the soil and constituted the primary savings bank of the peasant population. Traditionally a pig was sold to pay for emergencies and special occasions (funerals, marriages, baptisms, illnesses and, critically, to pay school fees and buy books for the children when school opened…)

In 1982 international agencies assured Haiti’s peasants their pigs were sick and had to be killed (so that the illness would not spread to countries to the North). Promises were made that better pigs would replace sick pigs. With an efficiency not since seen among development projects, all of the Creole pigs were killed over a period of thirteen months.

Two years later the new, better pigs came from Iowa. They were so much better that they required clean drinking water (unavailable to 80% of the Haitian population), imported feed (costing $90 a year when the per capita income was about $130), and special roofed pigpens.… Adding insult to injury, the meat did not taste as good. Needless to say, the repopulation program was a complete failure. One observer of the process estimated that in monetary terms peasants lost $600 million dollars. There was a 30% drop in enrollment in rural schools, there was a dramatic decline in protein consumption in rural Haiti, a devastating decapitalization of the peasant economy and an incalculable negative impact on Haiti’s soil and agricultural productivity. The Haitian peasantry has not recovered to this day.

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Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Eyes of the Heart; Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization, (Common Courage Press, 2000), pp. 13-15

^ FYI, Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a popular democratically elected president of Haiti who was then overthrown, alledgedy with the help of the CIA.

(another quote about how Haiti was fucked over by international financial agencies can be found here)

One could probably drop the “allegedly”

(via lovegodsmashtyrants)

One of my relatives was one of the first to sign up for peace corps, they sent him, a white 22 year old boy who had studied literature or some shit, to Nepal to improve the agricultural practices of people who have been doing it for how many generations. First thing he did was suggest this village use this imported strain of rice which was supposedly flood-resistant. That year was an unusually dry year, and the entire crop failed. He managed to not get executed and went back to Pennsylvania where he started a moderately successful greeting card business.

(via overlappingconfucius)

People in the third world are so completely infantilized in the mindsets of the white West that it’s assumed that any well-meaning Westerner can simply show up in a country and show the people the way out of poverty. In Canada we have high schools that organize aid trips to Africa, and university undergrads are pummeled with offers to go on adventure-vacations in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia that combine conscience-easing “aid” work with white water rafting and sight-seeing.

The mindset behind the Western approach to “aid” is driven on the one hand by a patronizing view of non-Western peoples that gives rise to the belief that any given Westerner must understand a country’s economic and ecological situation better than the people who actually live in it, and on the other hand by a drive to find solutions to the problems caused by Western imperialism in any way possible except through the abolition of that imperialism. So the third world remains the playground of the West, somewhere the upper and middle classes can go for escape, excitement, personal growth, “finding themselves”, etc. as well as a place from which they—through charities and aid missions—can purchase respite from the guilt of leading a life that benefits from and in fact necessitates the exploitation of these countries.

(via class-snuggle)

omg i remember freshmouthgoddess was telling me about this.

(via blackfoxx)

(Source: badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista, via fuckyeahwomenprotesting)

"In a class I taught, we discussed the issue of spiritual appropriation. The white students told me how beneficial Native spirituality was to them and that they had to take part in these New Age movements because they find no other substitute. So I asked, even if the New Age movement is as beneficial to you as you say, do you have any responsibility to Native communities when you take part in these practices? What struck me was that no one had even considered this question before. This practice of taking without asking, the assumption that the needs of the taker are paramount whereas the needs of the one being taken from are irrelevant, mirrors the rape culture of the dominant society.

Thus, it is particularly ironic that this colonial practice, structured by sexual violence, is often perpetuated by white feminists in their efforts to heal from the wounds of patriarchal violence. Sadly, they do not consider how such practices may hinder Native women from healing as well. Native counselors generally agree that a strong cultural identity is essential if Native people are to heal from abuse because a Native woman’s healing entails not only healing from any personal abuse she has suffered but also from the patterned history of abuse against her family, her nation, and her environment. When white women appropriate Indian spirituality for their own benefit, for whatever reason, they continue this pattern of abuse against Indian peoples’ cultures. This exploitation has a specific negative impact on Native peoples’ ability to heal from abuse. Shelley McIntyre, formerly of the Minneapolis Indian Women’s Resource Center, complains that Native women who are trying to heal from abuse have difficulty finding their rootedness in Native culture because all they can find is Lynn Andrews or other ‘plastic medicine wo/men’ who masquerade as Indians for profit. It is unfortunate that, as many white women attempt to heal themselves from the damage brought on by Christian patriarchy, they are unable to do so in a way that is not parasitic on Native women. They continue the practice of their colonial fathers who sought paradise in Native lands without regard for the peoples of these lands."

Andrea Smith (via reiminister)

actually queuing this because it’s too heavy a brick of truth for me to handle right now, but holy shit

this is so. spot. ON.

(via girljanitor)

(Source: majorreisman, via fuckyeahwomenprotesting)

h1ghtechl0wlife:

professorsparklepants:

devilsmadvocate:

thepeoplesrecord:

Got this in my email today:

Dear friends, 

We are elders of the Maasai from Tanzania, one of Africa’s oldest tribes. The government has just announced that it plans to kick thousands of our families off our lands so that wealthy tourists can use them to shoot lions and leopards.The evictions are to begin immediately.

Last year, when word first leaked about this plan, almost one million Avaaz members rallied to our aid. Your attention and the storm it created forced the government to deny the plan, and set them back months. But the President has waited for international attention to die down, and now he’s revived his plan to take our land. We need your help again, urgently.

President Kikwete may not care about us, but he has shown he’ll respond to global media and public pressure — to all of you! We may only have hours. Please stand with us to protect our land, our people and our world’s most majestic animals, and tell everyone before it is too late. 

This petition is our last hope:


http://www.avaaz.org/en/maasai_fb_dm_3/?bNDofcb&v=23793

Our people have lived off the land in Tanzania and Kenya for centuries. Our communities respect our fellow animals and protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem. But the government has for years sought to profit by giving rich princes and kings from the Middle East access to our land to kill. In 2009, when they tried to clear our land to make way for these hunting sprees, we resisted, and hundreds of us were arrested and beaten. Last year, rich princes shot at birds in trees from helicopters. This killing goes against everything in our culture.

Now the government has announced it will clear a huge swath of our land to make way for what it claims will be a wildlife corridor, but many suspect it’s just a ruse to give a foreign hunting corporation and the rich tourists it caters to easier access to shoot at majestic animals. The government claims this new arrangement is some sort of accommodation, but its effect on our people’s way of life will be disastrous. There are thousands of us who could have our lives uprooted, losing our homes, the land on which our animals graze, or both.

President Kikwete knows this deal would be controversial with Tanzania’s tourists - a critical source of national income - and does not want a big PR disaster. If we can urgently generate even more global outrage than we did before, and get the media writing about it, we know it can make him think twice. Stand with us now to call on Kikwete to stop the sell off:

This land grab could spell the end for the Maasai in this part of Tanzania and many of our community have said they would rather die than be forced from their homes. On behalf of our people and the animals who graze in these lands, please stand with us to change the mind of our President.

With hope and determination,

— The Maasai community of Ngorongoro District

Sources: 

PLEASE REBLOG THIS AND SPREAD THE WORD GUYS. Traditional cultures in East Africa have been getting completely trampled on by the government and barely anyone seems to know or care. And this loss of land isn’t just destroying their livelihood but their entire culture. These really are issues that could actually get some backing if people just freakin’ knew about them, so PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST!

C’mon, it needs 25,000 more signatures!

can some of my followers please sign and reblog is possible?

(via fuckyeahwomenprotesting)

citizenwasp:

proseandkhans:

My friend Megan was sexually assaulted at a 24 Hour Fitness by a staff member and on camera. Instead of firing the staff member, corporate intimidated her into not pursuing legal action and terminated her fully paid membership without her consent. This staff member still works at the 24 Hour Fitness located on Cass Street of Omaha, Nebraska. What Megan wants is for this employee to be fired as a result of his behavior, for her paid membership to be reinstated, and for sexual harassment policies to be posted publicly in 24 Hour Fitness locations. 

By choosing not to punish this employee for his behavior, they are enabling him and providing him opportunities to do the same to another woman again. By choosing not to punish this employee, 24 Hour Fitness is expressing that they have no regard for the safety and well being of their patrons.

And that’s bullshit if you ask me.
(Please signal boost.)

Signal boosting the hell out of this.

(via fuckyeahwomenprotesting)

(Source: fyeahcracker, via sinidentidades)

I’m not “offended” by the shit people say—I am harmed by it. When you complain about having to be “PC,” you are saying that you are perfectly fine with hurting people and supporting cultural systems that cause tangible harm to certain populations.

(Source: mater-tenebrarum, via sinidentidades)

sociolab:

Do you ever think about the fact that the US has created and legitimized a system of institutionalized inequality by funding schools through property taxes?  That basically a child’s education is only as good as the value of the property in their neighborhood.  Funny how education is so often viewed as an equalizing factor when there is nothing equal about it.

(via sinidentidades)

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

I cannot deal with people in this fandom shaming Alli for going back to her abuser.

There are a lot of reasons people IRL stick with/go back to their abusers, and its not because they’re “stupid” or whatever. Society conditions girls all their lives (WOC especially) to put up with abuse from men,…

I like how in This Is How We Do It, Melinda does those little movements to show how uncomfortable she is. I’m excited about how the storyline will roll out, even if the writing gets fucked-up, cause Melinda is a great actress. You can feel how unsure/conflicted she is about being with Leo (especially with his controlling nature). It was brilliant that they also had Leo go back to putting his claws into Alli when he got her to stay behind from important school related events like student council.

What I didn’t like was SNAKE/STEFAN BROGREN mocking Melinda’s character about getting involved again with Leo (on Stefan’s Classroom whatever YouTube shit).

Fuck Snake, man.

Melinda was really great and I can’t wait to see more of her acting in this storyline. But I do hope the writers don’t fuck up too badly, especially if this ends up being Alli’s last big storyline on the show. She deserves a good send off.

Ugh, I haven’t seen that video, but I’m not surprised. Stefan say a lot of douchey things online these days, and since Alli’s promo for this season was all about her being “boy-dumb,” it’s clear some people behind the scenes aren’t very sympathetic to her current situation. I hope just that attitude towards Alli doesn’t seep into the show.

I’m just more ‘wtf’ since this is an older man saying this and in the same video, using the term ‘bitch’ for Zoe.

I unironically am humored by him being an asshole on Twitter because I’m a horrible person and I acknowledge that without making excuses as to why that is even true.

The book smart boy person dumb thing is fine because that is like saying that you can be academically above your peers, but still make mistakes with people in other situations. It’s easy to relate to for either gender and makes her character feel more like she could be one of your friends (the one that you nag about their lovers or other friends because you care about them and want them to not be involved in an abusive situation). The thing though is that this seems to fall on everyone in Clare’s original class of Minor Niners. Every single one in that group (Dave, KC, Alli, Clare, Jenna, Connor) has made some error in regards to people; so it just shows that you can be at the top of your class and still be grounded because of the occurrence of silly mistakes like normal (average?) humans make.

I take it that the writing won’t go the way of having her become the victor via fighting back in the literal sense (so my wish that Leo dies by Alli’s hands will never be met, damnit).

IDK, maybe this show just makes Stefan regress to immature behavior because he’s been on it since he was twelve or something.

Well, I don’t take issue with Alli being labeled “book smart, boy dumb” in general, because that has been a major part of her character for a while. I just think it was a bad choice of words for this season in particular, because that seems to suggest that her arc this season (an abusive relationship) is just silly “boy drama” on par with her past issues, like trying to get Johnny to tell his friends that he’s dating her. I think it undermines the seriousness of Alli’s current situation.

Though that’s true about the original Minor Niners. They all had elements of being “person dumb,” but I guess Alli is the one who gets labeled with it because she’s more defined by her love-life than those other characters are.

Yeah, which sucks because with Bianca still here for a short while, it would have been cool if she saw that Alli was in trouble and taught her how to fight. But I still have hope that Alli’s girlfriends will be the ones to help her through and that some guy won’t come in and save the day. Please don’t crush this hope, Degrassi!

Yes, I agree.

On the note of control, I’m really excited about Zoe’s storyline.

I feel bad for Zoe. She is the child-star of her family. Her mother is seemingly not married, so she’s raising Zoe on her own. Her mother outs her daughter’s disability for her own gain, all while claiming that she’s ‘saving her ass’. This is dysfunction at its worst (best in terms of story). Her mother doesn’t care a lot about how her daughter feels. Before she told the principal about Zoe’s disorder, Ms. Rivas was reassuring Zoe that nobody would find out her secret. So, you have a mother, who stabs her daughter in the back, while trying to appear like she cares.

If you watch the scene with her mom and the principal in the hallway, Ms. Rivas pets Zoe’s hair and Zoe looks so uncomfortable and like her mom has been conditioning her to behave a certain way. The petting is her mom’s way of controlling her. Look at how her face reacts when Ms. Rivas puts her hands on her hair and you’ll see how Zoe’s eyes almost flinch when her mom touches her. It’s like Zoe’s mother controls her at home and this is how Zoe reacts to it. It’s almost like the situation with Leo & Alli, with Leo controlling Alli. The difference here is that we have a parent controlling their child. It’s uncomfortable; but I hope they continue with it because it gives much needed insight into Zoe’s home-life.

I have a feeling that Zoe’s job was once a thing that she loved; but then grew to hate because of her mother pushing her into the business for more monetary gain. This feels very much like a Lindsey Lohan and Miley Cyrus storyline because the parents are only supporting the children for their own greed.

Think about what Zoe’s mom was saying to Zoe. She got onto her for being fired and how she has to have a job now that her daughter lost hers. Zoe is Ms. Rivas’ cash-cow. I wouldn’t put it past her to have used Zoe’s money to send her daughter off to Paris to get her away so that Ms. Rivas could indulge without worry. I also believe that Zoe probably suffers from emotional abuse from her mother. She belittles her own daughter in front of her new school’s principal without even apologizing.

Gif source is http://degrassiresources.tumblr.com/post/63149221070

It was definitely shitty of Ms. Rivas to out Zoe like that, but I’m not sure that Zoe’s dyslexia was the reason she got fired. If that was the secret they were talking about, then it is even worse that her mom just spills it after telling Zoe that no one would know.

It’s weird how her mom was so set on sending Zoe to Degrassi, against Zoe’s wishes. Like, there are other schools in Toronto, so I wonder why Ms. Rivas was so insistent on Degrassi of all places.

And her mom was really harsh on her for getting kicked off Westdrive, even though that’s obviously a really sensitive subject for Zoe. If Zoe did get kicked off for having dyslexia, then her mom is a total asshole to blame her for that. Whatever the reason for her being fired, I feel like her mom should have more compassion, considering how ashamed Zoe is of it.

So I see what you mean, she does seem very controlling of Zoe, and I think her using Zoe for her own monetary gain seems likely. In that hallway scene, it’s interesting how Ms. Rivas dismisses all Zoe’s concerns then starts petting her like that. It’s like she’s not really listening, just trying to shut Zoe up.

If Ms. Rivas does turn out to be emotionally abusive to Zoe, I hope that Zoe and Miles find common ground over it. I’m not really interested in them having a romantic relationship, but I’d love for them to at least talk about it and to find some mutual respect for each other through it.

Honestly, I don’t think dyslexia is her secret; but it was enough of a thing to make Zoe feel beaten down that it most likely was meant to stay under wraps. Her mom just seemed so frustrated that she had to get a job now that her 15 year old was fired from her acting gig. Ms. Rivas is a grown woman and she is acting really disrespectful with her daughter. Much like Maya, Zoe is vulnerable. There seems to be this abusive parent aura with Ms. Rivas and her daughter. I have to wonder if that also deals with Zoe possibly drugging Drew with more pills. Oh, what if her mother also abuses pills? She learned it from her.

I agree about the Miles thing. Miles’ father is quick to piss off and he yells, possibly even physically abuses him; Zoe’s mother also seems to have a short temper and likes to put on this faux image of herself sticking up for her daughter, what with the petting you mentioned, and then throwing her under the bus to look like she is being compassionate (the scenes in the hallway and the Principal’s office) when she is clearly not. It’s just like when someone hits you, then they openly insult you, while touching your face or something. Like this mix of being somewhat compassionate (or trying to look like they care) and being really fucking manipulative.

Maybe Zoe was unwanted as a child (unexpected birth or just utter contempt of Zoe having even existed); but then when she grew into the teenage years, her mom noticed that she wanted to act. Ms. Rivas pushes her daughter into acting, not because Zoe wants it, but because of the fact that the mom doesn’t have to work. Zoe thinks she’s getting this chance because her mother cares for her for the first time since she was born; and yet that is not the reality of the situation. Zoe must feel so conflicted. I bet she felt better being away from her mother when she was in Paris. Only to have (what is left of) her heart broken by the end of the trip from Miles leaving and having to go back to face her mother.

I could see her learning it from her mom, because drugging somebody with sleeping pills seems like pretty extreme behavior for a fifteen year old. Or it could possibly be something they did in a plot on West Drive and that’s where she got the idea.

Hm, if Zoe has a relationship like that with her mom, where she feels like her mom only loves her if she earns that love, it would bring an interesting new level to Zoe’s rivalry with Maya. If Zoe sees love as a prize to be won, then maybe she thinks that she can make people love her by being “better” than those around her. Like how she had to win her mother’s love by being “better” than the other actresses who auditioned for the same part as her.

That would make more sense to me, why Zoe was so set on winning Miles after they hardly knew each other, and so hurt when he dumped her. I think she wanted to be wanted, and she wanted to beat Maya, more than she really cared about being with Miles specifically.

(via zoemundtroublemaker)

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

torrestheprezclareeveep:

spinoffwithme:

I cannot deal with people in this fandom shaming Alli for going back to her abuser.

There are a lot of reasons people IRL stick with/go back to their abusers, and its not because they’re “stupid” or whatever. Society conditions girls all their lives (WOC especially) to put up with abuse from men,…

I like how in This Is How We Do It, Melinda does those little movements to show how uncomfortable she is. I’m excited about how the storyline will roll out, even if the writing gets fucked-up, cause Melinda is a great actress. You can feel how unsure/conflicted she is about being with Leo (especially with his controlling nature). It was brilliant that they also had Leo go back to putting his claws into Alli when he got her to stay behind from important school related events like student council.

What I didn’t like was SNAKE/STEFAN BROGREN mocking Melinda’s character about getting involved again with Leo (on Stefan’s Classroom whatever YouTube shit).

Fuck Snake, man.

Melinda was really great and I can’t wait to see more of her acting in this storyline. But I do hope the writers don’t fuck up too badly, especially if this ends up being Alli’s last big storyline on the show. She deserves a good send off.

Ugh, I haven’t seen that video, but I’m not surprised. Stefan say a lot of douchey things online these days, and since Alli’s promo for this season was all about her being “boy-dumb,” it’s clear some people behind the scenes aren’t very sympathetic to her current situation. I hope just that attitude towards Alli doesn’t seep into the show.

I’m just more ‘wtf’ since this is an older man saying this and in the same video, using the term ‘bitch’ for Zoe.

I unironically am humored by him being an asshole on Twitter because I’m a horrible person and I acknowledge that without making excuses as to why that is even true.

The book smart boy person dumb thing is fine because that is like saying that you can be academically above your peers, but still make mistakes with people in other situations. It’s easy to relate to for either gender and makes her character feel more like she could be one of your friends (the one that you nag about their lovers or other friends because you care about them and want them to not be involved in an abusive situation). The thing though is that this seems to fall on everyone in Clare’s original class of Minor Niners. Every single one in that group (Dave, KC, Alli, Clare, Jenna, Connor) has made some error in regards to people; so it just shows that you can be at the top of your class and still be grounded because of the occurrence of silly mistakes like normal (average?) humans make.

I take it that the writing won’t go the way of having her become the victor via fighting back in the literal sense (so my wish that Leo dies by Alli’s hands will never be met, damnit).

IDK, maybe this show just makes Stefan regress to immature behavior because he’s been on it since he was twelve or something.

Well, I don’t take issue with Alli being labeled “book smart, boy dumb” in general, because that has been a major part of her character for a while. I just think it was a bad choice of words for this season in particular, because that seems to suggest that her arc this season (an abusive relationship) is just silly “boy drama” on par with her past issues, like trying to get Johnny to tell his friends that he’s dating her. I think it undermines the seriousness of Alli’s current situation.

Though that’s true about the original Minor Niners. They all had elements of being “person dumb,” but I guess Alli is the one who gets labeled with it because she’s more defined by her love-life than those other characters are.

Yeah, which sucks because with Bianca still here for a short while, it would have been cool if she saw that Alli was in trouble and taught her how to fight. But I still have hope that Alli’s girlfriends will be the ones to help her through and that some guy won’t come in and save the day. Please don’t crush this hope, Degrassi!

Yes, I agree.

On the note of control, I’m really excited about Zoe’s storyline.

I feel bad for Zoe. She is the child-star of her family. Her mother is seemingly not married, so she’s raising Zoe on her own. Her mother outs her daughter’s disability for her own gain, all while claiming that she’s ‘saving her ass’. This is dysfunction at its worst (best in terms of story). Her mother doesn’t care a lot about how her daughter feels. Before she told the principal about Zoe’s disorder, Ms. Rivas was reassuring Zoe that nobody would find out her secret. So, you have a mother, who stabs her daughter in the back, while trying to appear like she cares.

If you watch the scene with her mom and the principal in the hallway, Ms. Rivas pets Zoe’s hair and Zoe looks so uncomfortable and like her mom has been conditioning her to behave a certain way. The petting is her mom’s way of controlling her. Look at how her face reacts when Ms. Rivas puts her hands on her hair and you’ll see how Zoe’s eyes almost flinch when her mom touches her. It’s like Zoe’s mother controls her at home and this is how Zoe reacts to it. It’s almost like the situation with Leo & Alli, with Leo controlling Alli. The difference here is that we have a parent controlling their child. It’s uncomfortable; but I hope they continue with it because it gives much needed insight into Zoe’s home-life.

I have a feeling that Zoe’s job was once a thing that she loved; but then grew to hate because of her mother pushing her into the business for more monetary gain. This feels very much like a Lindsey Lohan and Miley Cyrus storyline because the parents are only supporting the children for their own greed.

Think about what Zoe’s mom was saying to Zoe. She got onto her for being fired and how she has to have a job now that her daughter lost hers. Zoe is Ms. Rivas’ cash-cow. I wouldn’t put it past her to have used Zoe’s money to send her daughter off to Paris to get her away so that Ms. Rivas could indulge without worry. I also believe that Zoe probably suffers from emotional abuse from her mother. She belittles her own daughter in front of her new school’s principal without even apologizing.

Gif source is http://degrassiresources.tumblr.com/post/63149221070

It was definitely shitty of Ms. Rivas to out Zoe like that, but I’m not sure that Zoe’s dyslexia was the reason she got fired. If that was the secret they were talking about, then it is even worse that her mom just spills it after telling Zoe that no one would know.

It’s weird how her mom was so set on sending Zoe to Degrassi, against Zoe’s wishes. Like, there are other schools in Toronto, so I wonder why Ms. Rivas was so insistent on Degrassi of all places.

And her mom was really harsh on her for getting kicked off Westdrive, even though that’s obviously a really sensitive subject for Zoe. If Zoe did get kicked off for having dyslexia, then her mom is a total asshole to blame her for that. Whatever the reason for her being fired, I feel like her mom should have more compassion, considering how ashamed Zoe is of it.

So I see what you mean, she does seem very controlling of Zoe, and I think her using Zoe for her own monetary gain seems likely. In that hallway scene, it’s interesting how Ms. Rivas dismisses all Zoe’s concerns then starts petting her like that. It’s like she’s not really listening, just trying to shut Zoe up.

If Ms. Rivas does turn out to be emotionally abusive to Zoe, I hope that Zoe and Miles find common ground over it. I’m not really interested in them having a romantic relationship, but I’d love for them to at least talk about it and to find some mutual respect for each other through it.

(via zoemundtroublemaker)