- Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696 (UK: Depression Alliance, 0845 123 2320)
- Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433 (UK: Samaritans, 08457 90 90 90)
- LifeLine: 1-800-273-8255
- Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
- Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743 (UK: London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (serves all LGBTQ people), 0300 330 0630)
- Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438 (UK: National Centre for Eating Disorders, 01372 469 493)
- Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673 (UK: SupportLine, 01708 765 200)
- Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272 (UK: The Bereavement Trust, 0800 435 455)
- Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000 (UK: Homeless UK, 0808 800 70 70)
- Exhale: After Abortion Hotline/Pro-Voice: 1-866-4394253 (UK: Marie Stopes, 0845 120 3641)
- Crisis Chat Online: www.crisischat.org
- Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233 (UK: National Domestic Violence Helpline, 0808 2000 247, Broken Rainbow (for same-sex relationships), 020 8359 9507)
- Get Connected (puts you in touch with appropriate hotline (UK only)): 0808 808 4994
Bill O’Reilly, as quoted in Politico’s “Herman Cain’s Fox Problem Revisited”
Four accusations of sexual harassment and a 13 year affair = some Internet crazy thing(via reallyfoxnews)
Convicting people on the basis of headlines… Isn’t that what FOX does every day? After they rewrite the headline to suit their agenda, of course.
Aww, thanks anon! I like hugs :)
I’m going to make an admission that might be wildly unpopular so I request that, before you commence to calling me names, you do me the courtesy of reading this entire post. I assure you, there’s a point and the following admission is not it:
I am a grown man, and I enjoyed reading the Twilight series.
Was it a groundbreaking story? Hardly. Was it the most well written series of all time? Um, no. Does it perpetuate a few weird, even dangerous, stereotypes? Er, well, yes… sort of. Are the movies based on it shit? Not because of Kristen Stewart, but yeah pretty much. Were the books enjoyable? YES.
Are you entitled to a different opinion? Absolutely! Welcome to the Internet, nearly the last place on the forsaken lump of rock called Earth where ideas and free expression can still flourish. The other place of course is in (wait for it…) books.
Books matter. And one thing you can’t deny: the Twilight series has gotten a lot of people to read. Some of these teens may have taken a long time, if ever, to discover a love of reading. As far as I’m concerned, it’s never a bad thing when someone picks up a book.
What about how poorly written the first one is? Well, keep in mind that it was Stephenie Meter’s first book. Ever. In fact she had never even published so much as a short story prior to Twilight. For a first effort, i’d say it’s pretty good. Remember, just because something you wrote got incredibly popular does not mean you can go back and fix all of its errors.
Isn’t Edward just a creepy pedophile stalker? This argument cracks me up. He’s been a 17 year old virgin with limited human contact for nearly one hundred years. Imagine the level of social awkwardness you would develop at that point. I never got the impression he continued to mature after he became undead, so if he’s still the mind and body of a seventeen year old, how is he a pedo? He’s a teenager and teenagers do dumb shit (like creepily watch people sleep). And as far as Bella being okay with him doing this, see next answer.
Don’t you think Bella is just a shell character with no emotion who has to have a man in her life to feel useful? The shell of a character is part of her attraction: the reader can more easily become the central character if it’s easy to identify with that character and who better than an emotionless shell to remove all prerequisites? She is an every girl that every girl can identify with (although you shouldn’t take my word for that, obviously, as I’m not a girl). As far as her suicidal tendencies without him, it’s not that she has to have A man in her life, she thinks she has to have THAT man (vampire, whatever) in her life. Were you ever young, dumb, and in love? It’s not like she was a Disney Princess that thought she was useless without a man, she found a man and then lost him. It wasn’t the pain of being alone that drove her over the edge, it was the sudden loneliness that resulted from someone leaving. There is a HUGE difference. Where’s your outrage at the way Disney portrays women anyway? That should be a much bigger deal than this.
Edward is a misogynist. He disabled her car to keep her from seeing a friend? That’s abuse! He disabled her car to stop her from seeing a friend that was openly trying to court her away from him. Jealous lovers are the central characters to thousands of stories and thousands of instances of real life. He didn’t trust her. When she ran off anyway, was he mad when she came back? Mostly at himself. Calling him abusive lessens the word abuse. Is he a bit of a misogynist? Well, yeah, which is a clear reflection of the author’s own religious beliefs. He’s an asshole, but that doesn’t make him abusive.
You know what though?
None of this matters anyway, and you know why? Maybe someone read it, loved it, and thought ‘hey, maybe I’ll try this other book my friends like’ and they read that, and then they keep reading. How could you ever consider that a bad thing? Humanity’s greatest invention was not the rocket that took us to the moon, not the satellites that let us communicate with the other side of the world in real time, not even the electricity that lets us do all these things and more. No, humanity’s greatest invention was the printing press. For the first time ever, knowledge and learning would no longer be solely in the realms of the rich and the elite. Ideas could be reprinted and spread at a rate the world had never seen before. Without the printing press we’d still be stuck in the dark ages of history.
Has everything ever printed been absolutely wonderful? Uh, no. Not at all. But I guarantee that there is at least one person out there who loves every book you’ve ever hated.
It is never a bad thing when someone decides to pick up a book, even if it’s one you disagree with or think is shit. The important thing is that they’re reading.
Feel free to call me an idiot now, and thank you for reading the whole post first. What do you think?