By hallelujah on Friday Open Thread
GUYS. There's a fast food strike going on in Detroit right now, and it's going really well! At least five restaurants are shut down already! I am partial to this development, because all my friends are involved, and my partner and our baby are there, and I used to work for the union backing it, but STILL. Huge, wonderful news for working people in general!
Also, one of the people quoted in the Post article about it has a secret little person fetish, and a huge collection of midget porn. I LOVE KNOWING WEIRD THINGS ABOUT SEMI-IMPORTANT PEOPLE.
ETA: Maybe post the link, dummy. http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/fast-food-workers-in-detroit-joining-a-growing-wave-of-walkouts-over-wages/2013/05/09/54765852-b8e8-11e2-92f3-f291801936b8_story.html
I would like to propose a toast. Edith, this is the best goddamn place on the internet and we have you to thank for it. I can say, without reservation, that The 'Pin has made me a better person, period. The wit, the thoughtfulness, and the camaraderie here, both in the posts and in the comments, are unmatched. So, fare thee well, Edith, and I look forward to reading what I'm assuming will be a 50-year series of celebrity profiles featuring Chris Evans.
/puts down salad, stops laughing
//raises glass of Qream
To Edith! ¡Salud! Sláinte! Cheers!
@I'm Right on Top of that, Rose
Hmmmm. I disagree with part of your statement. I don't think there's anything wrong with wondering why people are leaving the site in droves.
I agree with feeling unmoored. Additionally, to speak personally, over the past few weeks and months, I have felt everything from anger to sadness to excitement to abandonment w/r/t this site and the changes that have been happening.
Part of the anger comes from feeling like I'm being gas-lit by the editors/Powers That Be. I'm not stupid: when Jane - one of the most beloved people on this site - left without so much as a goodbye, I sensed that not all was right in the 'Pinverse. Jane posted pictures of her wedding on the site because we all loved her so much that we wanted to share in her special day, however vicariously. That's not the kind of person who leaves without saying goodbye.
Then Jolie left, and concurrently, the advice columns started being phased out/got really weird. Then Nicole left - NICOLE, who for me was as vital to this site as an immune system, or muscle, or bone would be to a healthy body. And now Edith's gone. Edith, who created this nearly utopian internet community.
You're right: technically, no one "owes" us any kind of explanation. But we're not stupid. It's not weird to feel like we're not being told everything. Maybe everyone is just leaving because of Opportunities. But man, I don't think we need a scolding for feeling restless and jittery about all this change. Look at the comments on this page: this site and its ensuing community mean a LOT to most of us, and the disturbance in the force has definitely been felt. Quite frankly, I think we're all being pretty mature and emotionally circumspect about everything that's happening, all things considered.
@Absurd Bird Yeah, I sort of feel the same way about Jane leaving. My consolation about the other departures is that Nicole and Jolie still hang out in the comments.
@Absurd Bird ALSO, re: Why is everyone leaving?!
Anyone else feel like the little kid who is wondering if their parents are divorcing because of them? I do, and yeah, I clearly am too emotionally attached to this site. I think a lot of having ALL OF THE FEELINGS, stems from the fact that when Jane left, it felt like she didn't say goodbye. So now when someone else leaves, it's great to get a goodbye, but it kind of dregs up that feeling of "why are you going, is it because of meeeee?!" Obviously, the people who work for the site/contribute for the site have no obligation to say goodbye or explain why they are leaving, but I think it just goes to show how good the site and the writing is, if we have all managed to become so attached.
@allofthewine I really want to see this Choire comment, why is it gone/now I'm paranoid.
Okay Edith, real talk, reading the hairpin over the last few years (articles and the comments) has honestly made me a better person, a more compassionate person, and a more feminist person. I am truly grateful for that. It's also been hilarious and fun and interesting and I will miss you around here.
My girlfriend isn't too impressed with this, but goes along with it anyway. However, when she wants me to have sex with her when she is not wearing a mask, I don't think I can, because I can only get turned on by the celebrities.
Then she should dump you and you are damn lucky she puts up with you because if I were in her shoes I would take that as "you're not attractive to me so wear someone else's face please," which is never, ever going to work out for the person saying such a thing.
YMMV of course, but jesus.
Really hope this letter is fake, as was mentioned above. Because otherwise this poor woman is repeatedly allowing herself to be fucked by someone who, every single time, blatantly and obviously, wishes he was fucking someone else.
I'm irrationally angry at LW #4. I'm picturing being their friend and having this happen to me, and how UNCOMFORTABLE and EMBARRASSED I would feel, and how FUCKING CARELESS and SELFISH and NARCISSISTIC my friends would have to be to do this to me. Jesus H. Christ, my stomach is feeling all clenchy and angry right now.
[I recognize that my anger is disproportionate to how this letter actually affects my life. Fair warning, though, if you are a rame-friend: don't fucking suck off your boyfriend in MY FUCKING CAR because you "can't wait". Ugh]