fem Marauders au || Adhara Black
angry queer | aspiring punk | trouble magnet
A lady, according to the Black family, does not change her hairstyle every week. She does not wear combat boots to class. She does not wear loud makeup before she’s twenty one. She certainly doesn’t put pinup posters of muggle girls on her wall. And most definitely, a lady does not associate with anyone with less than pure blood.
It’s a good thing Adhara Black isn’t a lady, then.
At least, they aren’t all the time. Some days, they’re a girl, some days they’re not any particular gender at all, and some days they’re somewhere in between. But try explaining that to Walburga Black.
Family, Adhara learns as they spend more and more time with their friends and less time with the Blacks, isn’t the ancient people who scream from portraits in Grimmauld Place or the mother who is embarrassed by her child or the cousins who glare when they see Adhara with their non pureblood friends. Family is the people who light up when they enter the room, the people who hug them tightly when they say they’re having a bit of a rough day, the people who follow them through hell and high water and the people who support them when they finally break ties with the Black family in their sixth year. These people are their family, the family they chose, the only family that means anything anymore.
- bulletin boards… ALL OF THEM, COVERED IN OUTDATED ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UGLY FURNITURE FOR SALE AND THOSE ‘PULL OFF’ POSTER THINGS WITH LIKE, ONE SCRAGGLY ONE LEFT
- bike racks
- not enough parking spots, and really expensive parking stickers/passes
- that one building that isn’t handicap accessible so theres no elevator and hella stairs, and you have a class on the third floor
- the overly-inquisitive cafeteria worker, who actually wants to know about your day and your plans, a good counterbalance to the cafeteria worker who hates their fucking job so much you can hear them bitching about everything as they wipe down tables or whatever
- keycard access to dorm buildings. seriously. if they don’t have to swipe to get into the dorms, they’re not at college.
- unnecessary emails. so many. emails from departments you’ve never heard of for events that don’t involve you, “news” emails that you delete without opening, and all the important ones you need to read filter right into your spam folder
- peak internet hours, when everyone is on, and it slows to a crawl
- that one broken washer that floods and never seems to get fixed and that everyone just avoids using
- that club that always seems to be fundraising or selling things or soliciting whatever or signing people up and they’re always at a table by the cafeteria or inside the student center and they’re always like five people at the table and they have the ugliest posterboard advertising whatever they do
- a building that hasn’t been updated or fixed or anything since the 1960s. asbestos tiles, awkwardly sized classrooms, wtf color bathroom tiles (seriously, like mint green and salmon, wtf), if it was a thing in the 50s/60s this building has it and also slightly uneven stairs and stupidly heavy front doors
theres more, i’m sure, but this is what i can think of
- that one person on the dorm floor that talks to EVERYONE and has a weird idea of boundaries
- teenagers’ utter failure to wash dishes aka the communal kitchen in the building fills up with dirty dishes in the sink
- people who make the most amount of noise as possible at a certain time of night, yelling or banging on walls or generally being crazy
- that one dude who has arguments with his parents/girlfriend/whatever over the phone all the time and you can hear him clearly even though he’s in his room with the door closed
- conversely, that one person that always has their door open
- the insane mishmash of conversations in the cafeteria: stupid conversations about dumb shit like internet memes and fandom and things you watched on cartoon network when you were 10, conversations about relationships/drama/all that stuff, and serious conversations about philosophy or business or the merits of such and such a thing discussed in class
- terrible terrible terrible slabs of processed meat labeled as “steak” or “turkey” but which are better classified as “probably not really steak” and “possibly turkey”
- RAs. People always seem to forget that dorms have RAs in college AUs.
- Theme Houses — dude, Les Amis would totally all live in a theme house together
- beds that are impossible to get into without a running jump or a stool of some sort
- That one (non-cafeteria) food place on campus that EVERYONE goes to and it’s pretty much always loud and hot and full of people
- That one cafeteria station that’s your fallback if everything else looks gross because at least this one is trustworthy (aka the deli station)
Also, yeah, I’m always super confused when characters from different dorm buildings just waltz into each other’s buildings. You need a keycard to get into different dorm buildings and you can only get into yours.
- that crew in the lounge who play cards against humanity until obscene hours of the morning
- the confused delivery person who you didn’t order but neither did no one else
- the one person who is always forced to order the delivery and interact with the delivery people even if they’re not paying for it
- the room of dudes who adore scarface and generally make you kind of uncomfortable
- that professor you never realized was into punk rock
- that professor who pays for pizza
- at least one building on campus with an elevator you’re absolutely sure is a deathtrap but you occasionally have to take because you have to get to the seventh floor and there’s no time
- if cars are allowed on/near the campus, drivers do not give a shit about the pedestrian right of way
- similarly, pedestrians do not give a shit about the fact that cars are large and heavy and can kill them, because they have a class they’re already late for
- bulletin boards are everywhere, but only suckers restrict themselves to them—well-traversed halls and stairwells will be papered with fliers, along with ragged corners left from others being ripped down and miles of scotch tape left behind over the weeks and months
- every class has that one chair that no one wants to sit in, because it’s one careless shift away from breaking and dumping your ass on the floor
- buses are incredibly useful, and incredibly important, and the worse the weather is the more crowded and unbearable they will be. if it’s raining or snowing, be advised that every bus will be packed impossibly full of damp, sweaty students
- you will inevitably end up spending all of your time in someone else’s dorm room, even if there are 15 of you
- the cafeteria, towards the end of the week, will serve “meat”. Not pork or chicken or beef, but “meat”.
- if you’re like me, there will be a catering company using your dorms/campus for weddings and events and you won’t even know they exist until two years later when you start working for them
- how do you miss three weddings a month, across multiple parts of the dorms? i don’t know.
- drunken half-naked people doing the walk of shame at 5 am will cease to be interesting very quickly
- friends throwing snowballs at your windows to lure you outside will not
- if you were a light sleeper before college, you won’t be after a month in dorms
- if you go to college with your best friend, and your beds are stackable, you stack them. no exceptions (especially when the only way to get up to your top bunk is to climb up the standard issued solid wood desk and use the railings as a ladder)
- no matter what time of night, there will be someone who will run down your hall slamming on the doors
- there is no way you will ever avoid someone pulling the fire alarm because of a dare, a prank, or from drunkeness
- it will always happen past 3am
- it will always be on the day of an exam
- no amount of starbucks is ever enough, and you will spend a decent amount of money on caffeine
- a lot of people start off the fic with moving into a dorm, but people seem to brush over the annoying process of having to wait in line to pick up your key and then having to fight off everyone else on the way to the one usable elevator to move your shit in
- which brings me to another topic: orientation. nobody seems to remember the hell of orientation
- if you go to a large campus, and it is hot out, there is nothing you can do to avoid sweating and feeling, overall, very gross.
- the only time to go to the gym to avoid the rush is either at the break of dawn or at 11pm
- your dorm will forever smell like the remnants of whatever frozen food you microwave
- not all frats are horrible drunks, and some will, in fact, stop in the middle of what they’re doing to turn over your bike and reattach the chain when you are already late to class
- no matter how much you and your roommate organize, you will always have too much stuff in not enough space
- flip flops. fucking flip flops and showers never ever take one without them. also, the curtains provided on shared bathrooms are fucking tarps. invest in a clear curtain otherwise you will be showering in the dark
- when someone decides that emptying the entire contents of the fire extinguisher in your hallway is a good idea, it will make everyone living there very upset. for one, it’s toxic, and for two, it will make all your neighbors have to stay in the community rec center for 4 hours starting at 3am (on the day you have an exam)
- picking up books and sell-back lines
- i want to mention those stupid card keys again, because those are never mentioned. you cannot get into a dorm that you do not have a key for. even if it is a shortcut to the laundry room, and people inside see you standing there with a basket full of laundry
- not only are there washers that flood or refuse to suck out all the water, but there are dryers that refuse to dry
- some dorms have 7 floors, but an elevator that was only ever meant to service 3. that elevator will get stuck, and you will be in it.
- and for the love of god, if you have a keurig coffee maker and a hot cocoa mix cup, do not use milk. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT USE MILK. you think it’s a good idea, cause it’s just boiling it and streaming it though, right? WRONG i have no idea what it did to the milk, but it was not natural and the dorm smelled for a week
there’s more, i’m sure
my grades are actually rlly good for someone who has the urge to drop out of school every 25 min
wish i was kissing you instead of thinking about you
Rachel Maddow The force is strong with this one (by StartLoving3)
yooo everybody. my mom and i were goofing around and found this seriously FUCKED UP site. all your information, (phone number, nam, address even) is available for 2.99. like everything. please watch this video on how to remove it. (im not sure if it’s there for minors, but if you’ve ever owned/rented a house you’re definitely there. it’s worth checking it out to make sure.)
video on how to remove information. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPFLagxnDsA
fucked up website: http://www.spokeo.com/
also, if you’ve lived in more than one place/state it has you multiple times, remove all of your profile things. (it had my mom 4 times, all over our state. even from when she lived in a house 9 years ago.)
This is very concerning. I just spent the last ten minutes removing my entire family (including my 14-year-old sister) from the site.
Cool Mom Tech has a guide on how to take your information off the site if for some reason you can’t watch the above video.
Government officials please use your @.gov email address for priority processing.
It only let me remove five listings before it gave me this shit. IN ORDER TO PREVENT ABUSE. ARE YOU FUCKING SHITTING ME
Unfortunately, since this is a data aggregation site, removing is only going to be temporary: they’ll just re-aggregate and re-post the data eventually. Even so, doing this can get it off the site for a while.
Chris Hayes [X]
And we know this! I’m not a Democrat or Republican, but I know when fellow Black women put in WORK. Meanwhile the narrative of “women” voters remains White. Even when the polls during smaller elections reflect a greater percentage of White women vote conservative than liberal, White women are given the praise for liberal candidates being elected and it’s always framed as being about pro-choice, as if Black women have the luxury of being single issue voters, or as if reproductive justice for Black women is solely about abortion. Check those stats for voter turnout in 2008 and 2012 for national elections. By race/gender demographic, Black women turned out like nobody else (this is partially because Prison Industrial Complex disenfranchises many Black male potential voters, but also speaks to Black women’s long history of political work at the grassroots level).(via gradientlair)
JMU sociology class asks female and male students around campus “What do you do to to protect yourself from sexual violence?” The difference is pretty striking - not surprising, but interesting still.
I think this deserves more than 4 notes.
18 year old poet Ramaya Ramama becomes the 1st Indian American NYC Youth Poet Laureate with a poem against the racism directed towards Nina Davuluri, the 1st Indian American Miss America 2014.
This is an amazing work of art. Watch and be moved.
I almost cried yall.
the singly most beautiful thing I have ever heard written by man
I recently mentioned a street harassment incident (they occur often, 10-75 times a week for over 20 years now) on Twitter, and I received a plethora of ignorant responses. I realized that these responses are common, so I documented them here.
1) "Gosh, where do YOU live?" This is asked for two reasons, besides the person being ignorant, of course. One is that they want to find a way to “contain” the negative behavior and associate it with a place where they don’t live, kind of like how people are currently pretending that racism is only in Florida and sexism is only in Texas. The second reason is that they want to be able to associate street harassment happening to a woman with some awful place that she “chose” to live in. This disregards class, race, culture and other factors that determine where people live.
2) “That NEVER happens to me!” Saying this is not empathetic, especially as a reply to someone explaining an awful street harassment incident. When cis hetero men say this, they are being ignorant of their male privilege. Of course they aren’t street harassed. (I am talking about street harassment here, which is highly gendered, not police harassment, for example, of Black men.) When White women (some of them are never street harassed or rarely street harassed compared to Black women) or women of a high social class (as street harassment does have some race/class factors at play) say this, they mean to infer the inferiority of the woman it has happened to. Because we live in a victim-blaming rape culture, if street harassment is deemed the fault of the person it happens to and it doesn’t happen to “some” women, it then implies that they aren’t as “low” as the women who experienced it.
3) "Just ignore it!" This is the lazy response from people who think they HAVE TO reply versus listening, understanding and empathizing with a woman who experiences street harassment. They are actually implying that the harassment is her fault for noticing it occurred. And at times, ignoring street harassment can have dangerous effects for a woman if that man is of the type who cannot handle being ignored and escalates the harassment to physical violence. “Ignoring” is a difficult thing to do anyway when speaking of something that happens with the frequency that I experience street harassment. How can I “ignore” up to 75 insults a week?
4) "Take it as a compliment; if you weren’t beautiful it wouldn’t happen!” This usually comes from patriarchal men who also street harass. They view anything they do, no matter how aggressive and dehumanizing as “flattering” for a woman. Further, this stance does not work. No matter how a woman looks, whether she is considered “beautiful” or “ugly,” men will justify harassment.
5) "Just move somewhere else!" This is the classist argument. Because street harassment tends to occur in cities (especially with public transportation) more than suburbs and in communities with higher male unemployment and poverty than ones that don’t have that, people assume that you can just pack up your S-Class Mercedes and buy a new mansion in a new city where though misogyny will still be present, naturally, it may not be in the form of street harassment. This also ignores the fact that no matter where I go, for example, I am a Black woman there. People decide to disrespect me based on who I am, not just based on what city I am in.
6) "You’re just saying that because the guy was ugly!" People who genuinely believe that street harassment is “flirting” think that disrespectful and aggressive men who are “attractive” are tolerable. After dealing with street harassment for over 20 years now, I know how utterly ridiculous this assumption is. I promise if the guy looks like Idris Elba and street harasses me, I am still angry. Plenty of physically attractive men street harass me (though most are ashy irritant pissants) and I am angry when it occurs. I don’t want to be harassed. I genuinely delight in a day where not a single man speaks to me. It’s peaceful and I am happy when I go home.
7) "Well say something smart back to him; that’ll fix him!" This response usually comes from those who have never experienced street harassment or it never became physical. While some men can be cursed out well (and I have done that) some cannot. Knowing which ones can and can’t is a guessing game that I don’t want to play in most cases. Just like ignoring one can escalate to violence, so can cursing one out.
8) "Go different places then!" So, women should not go to work, their coffee shoppes, their supermarkets, their bookstores, their laundromats, their gyms, etc. because men will be there and will harass them? Again, this is a location-associated response that ignores the fact that some women (like me and most Black women) are PROFILED and TARGETED for street harassment. It is about US, not the location.
9) "Well, a lot worse could happen!" This reeks of rape culture. Who is to determine what is better or worse? Only the person who experiences the wrath of misogyny, misogynoir, transmisogyny or homophobia (as some gay men are street harassed as well) knows what the experience is like. Even more legally serious violence like domestic violence and rape itself are brushed off as jokes or blamed on the victim. So the idea that I should be “thankful” for street harassment because it isn’t rape ignores the fact that no matter what happens to a Black woman, people will respond with victim blaming.
10) "What were you wearing; what did YOU do to cause it?" I addressed this response before in my post 6 Common Derailment Tactics Used In Conversations About Street Harassment and Sexual Assault and in Rape “Prevention” Advice That Doesn’t Include Tips For Men’s Behavior = Rape Culture. While the wardrobe comments are refuted over and over and why the street harasser or rapist is at fault is explained, people continually retreat to this ignorant argument. Girls are raped by their fathers wearing the clothing their fathers bought them. Women are raped fully clothed and in work clothes/uniform. Women are street harassed no matter what they wear. And regardless of clothing, the harasser or the rapist IS THE ONE AT FAULT.
Notice that in all of these examples ZERO ACCOUNTABILITY is applied to the men who street harass. None. Also, notice the lack of genuine concern and empathy for me or other women who are street harassed. Street harassment is a part of rape culture.
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Republicans reactions to female sexuality
Kittens bust biphobia myths.
These are pretty basic, but hey, I still hear ‘em. So there you go.
I’d like to take a moment to thank Kim Possible and the Powerpuff Girls and Raven and Starfire and Alanna the Lioness and the girls of Redwall Abbey and Toph Bei Fong and a bunch of fucking Warrior cats
for showing me from a young age that a little girl can kick some serious ass if she works at it.