Aug 28, 2013
commented on Starbucks Fires Employee on Food Stamps for Eating a Sandwich from the Garbage
@94: Uh, nope. My dad was in a union and they gave him jacksquat. They told him there were 4-5 cases just like his, weird accusations of theft of meaningless items, and they weren't going to take any of the cases to arbitration because theft doesn't go well in arbitration.
They went through the process and washed their hands of the matter. Process didn't work for him, or the 4-5 other people who got fucked in the same way.
Aug 26, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Assorted Qs
7: Dan covered the litmus idea, and others have advised you to get to know what feminism means to you.
As a late 20s feminist myself, I'll say that you should be prepared to continue to refine your ideas and feelings for a long while (probably forever!). Go out and find places, blogs, and communities that expose you to lots of variations and perspectives on feminism. You'll find out what you feel really strongly about, what you're not sure about, and what you've never thought about, and hearing from more and more people will help you define your own thoughts. You'll be challenged in lots of ways and also gain more confidence.
The great thing about doing this online is that it'll be easier to learn without getting into a lot of confrontation (unless you want to). It'll also be easier to hear what other people say without having to insert yourself into a conversation you're not informed enough to take on yet. Lurk!
Another side benefit is that this will also help you in the many inevitable situations when you will have to defend yourself.
Jul 18, 2013
commented on McDonald's Employees Actually Fill Out the McDonald's Proposed Budget
@6: You mean the category in this particular man's budget exercise that includes prescription drugs and childcare and FOOD? He's paying $100 a month for drugs, $100 for childcare (which is pretty damn low), and paying for groceries that include himself and two kids, one of which he notes is growing really fast.
Jun 24, 2013
commented on Parlez-vous Français?
Background: Took elementary French from age 10 onwards, and took extra classes in high school ("extended" French in Ontario). I have a smattering still, but I have enough co-workers who put me to shame with their amazing French.
I'm going to Paris too, and so far the simplest yet seemingly invaluable rule I've seen over and over (or maybe it's striking me because it's so simple) is to address everyone as monsieur or madame (or mademoiselle, but this seems a headache), as in "bonjour, madame/monsieur." Like @18 says, but extended to anyone you encounter .. shopkeepers, taxi drivers, servers, everyone.
This seems overly formal to an anglophone -- a few years ago, I thought I had heard that the French were trying to drop "vous" in favour of the more casual and intimate "tu" -- but apparently this is critical to appearing civilized.
Also, top tip: You don't need to say "ne." "Je sais pas" means the same thing. Hooray, efficiency.
@20: I always wonder what to say about Toronto. Should I point out it's in Canada and sound like I'm talking down? Or leave it out and sound pompous for presuming everyone knows where it is? Sigh.