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My question is about names in the job search, specifically that women should masculinize their names. My first name is masculine and my middle is feminine. For very strong reasons, I prefer to use them together. The admin assistant jobs I am applying for are traditionally filled by females. Do you feel it is detrimental to include my preferred double barrel name? I'm torn between who I am + awkward to correct people on my name in a new job environment and potentially damaging my job prospects.

Statistically we know that across the board, men get more resumes accepted than women even in people who believe they’re being fair and equal. Even women, who also make up the bulk of Human Resource positions, do this. But you have to balance your job prospects against your identity and your life, and sometimes it’s worth it to make something a little test of whether you even want to work there.

I think for admin positions, which as you say are predominantly female filled, you could probably get away with it, and if you have a strong feeling about using both your names, then you should use them both. It’s easy to say “your identity is more important than whether you get a job” from the position of a well-paid benefits-able job; harder to say that when I put myself in your position. And this contrasts with the advice I just gave about queer identity. But there’s also the fact that you’re expected to give a name, and the name carries a weightload of information about you.

Again — this is a decision only you can make, based on your feelings about your name, the qualifications you do or don’t have for the job, and the fact that this is the kind of job people don’t expect to find many men in. My advice would be to use both names, especially since it’s important to you, but it has to be your choice.

Hello, I'm about to apply for a writer position and have trouble conveying how my lived experience as a queer person would inform my critique/articles and why that would be a good thing for the employer. What would be a good script to use? And should I even go that route, would it be appropriate for a cover letter? They give every impression of being in favor of minority & LGBT rights but you never really know what goes on behind the scenes. This will be my first ever cover letter.

Ohkay this is a tough one and not an issue I’ve faced personally so queer job applicants feel free to chime in, but.

In a general sense, and this might be fucked up! So much of what we do when we apply for jobs is fucked up! But in a general sense there is a fairly strong current against mentioning your sexuality in your cover letter (other things that are usually considered passe in your cover letter: marital status, children, hobbies, pets, religion). These are things that IN THEORY should not affect your ability to do your job, so why would you bring them up. There’s a whole hegemonic power thing going on where if you don’t mention you’re queer you’re assumed to be straight, however, so this basic assumption becomes problematic in the “do I hide who I am” sense. But in a lot of cases nobody wants to hire you if you have a personality of any kind so everyone is expected to hide who they really are.

This is presumably an artistic position so the rules are a little looser in terms of — well yes, of course as a queer person your sexuality informs your expression. But it also depends on the kind of job. If it’s say, a film criticism job, they expect you to be able to put forth an objective facade at any rate. If it’s journalism, unless it’s for a niche press (communist, queer, liberal, conservative, religious, etc) same thing. Who you are informs how you write but as a professional writer, particularly for non-fiction, most of the jobs you take will expect you to be able to put that to one side and focus on objective reporting. (Sometimes by “objective” they mean “more straight-cis-white than reality ever has or will be”, fair warning.)

So like. I don’t want to tell you not to talk about who you are. I don’t want to tell anyone not to be open and out if they can be, because I do think it’s important. But almost every factor in this situation, from the kind of job to the unwritten rules of the game, are against you mentioning your sexuality in your cover letter. That’s something which is much better saved for an in-person interview in any event, where they can’t just throw you on the discard pile the second you say “Well, as a queer person…”

This is one of those fucking awful decisions that you have to make in our society, and it’s wrong, and I’m sorry. But my advice would be to leave it out of the cover letter, take the temperature of the room during the interview, and drop a queer glitterbomb if and only if you feel safe to do so.

But I’m a straight white dude, so, you know. Ask around a little, don’t depend on my advice alone.


Superior Iron Man #1



Superior Iron Man #1


bathtubstudios replied to your post “better fight scene, ax fight in Snowpiercer or elevator fight in Cap2?”

Do you find yourself doing this a lot? How many times does “axe fight” come up in casual conversation?

Well, as evidenced by my tumblr, it’s come up at least twice so far today. :D 


Actually I won’t lie, I also think of The Ax Fight, an old anthropology film which purports to depict a group of Yanomami tribespeople having a violent altercation but which I believe has been more or less proven to be a group of Yanomami tribespeople pranking the fuck out of some anthropologists. 

better fight scene, ax fight in Snowpiercer or elevator fight in Cap2?

Oh man, let me tell you how uninterested I am in fight scenes. It’s probably desensitization or something, but I 100% do not care about shakycaming POV-shifting grunting-and-groaning fuckin’ fight scenes. I haven’t given a shit for fight scenes since season two of Buffy The Vampire Slayer. This is a major reason I have no patience for Pacific Rim. I don’t care.

So my criteria are different from people who like fight scenes.

But even so it’s kind of hard to decide! Because on the one hand I’m pretty sure the Elevator Fight was shorter, which earns it major points as there is less to fast-forward through (also perfectly timed for pee breaks). On the other hand the axe fight had a) a pretty pointed interlude in the middle and b) Chris Evans falling hilariously on his ass.

I mean. You say “axe fight” and I immediately yell HAPPY YEKATERINA BRIDGE, YOU FILTHY INGRATES in a thick Yorkshire accent, and that’s super fun. So I guess the axe fight wins.


I will be properly inaugurating my new internet by streaming Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow at 7pm Central tonight. Stream opens at 6:30, in about an hour, for chatter and muzak.

Come watch an animated children’s cartoon about Tony Stark building robot copies of his dead comrades who attempt to kill said comrades’ children. 

Also professional sullen white-haired elf boy Francis Barton who is totally not into James Rogers thank you very much.



Agent Carter as captain America (x)

Looking good, Peggy.




Agent Carter as captain America (x)

Looking good, Peggy.


For anyone who’s ever written a high school AU, fifteen year old Steve Rogers and seventeen year old Tony Stark. 

[From Captain America #355, 1989, and Iron Man #s 327-329, 1996.]

Hi, Sam! Your job hunting guide has been a REALLY BIG help to me and I really appreciate you sharing your all-knowing knowledge with the world. I was wondering, however, if you had any wisdom to share about references? I've held a lot of jobs/positions in university organizations, run by students. Is it a better idea to use them as my references with the assumption that they can talk about how I work, or is it better to use professor/older adult references? Thanks!

Well, I suppose it depends on how obvious it is that the students are students, and on the kinds of jobs you’re applying for. I mean — I’m working without a lot of context here in terms of what income level of job you’re at (retail versus, say, lawyer) and whether you’re a graduate or looking at a summer job, and what kind of orgs you worked for. I think it’s always better to list someone who knows you and who can speak to your work, and certainly if they WERE students but are NOW graduates then there’s no problem. But I would probably use a supervising professor or someone out of school if you’re able.

Remember that you should, if possible, notify your references before you give them out, so that people know to expect a call. This is a good time to say, hey, Professor So and So, I’d like to use you as a reference; do you think you’re ok talking about my work duties and such? That way you can get a sense of whether they’ll be vague and forgetful about who you are or whether they’re sharp enough to give a good impression of you to others.

Vacation rental service Airbnb unveiled a new logo last week that generated a wave of criticism for its design. Some likened it to a triangular paperclip or, even more crudely, to certain female anatomy. But the company still stands by the logo, which it calls Bélo and says represents belonging.
Talking of branding, Fortune’s got a few examples of failed logo branding available for your perusal and mockery this morning. (x)


If you didn’t complain about the canon comic where Thor turned into a fucking frog then you shouldn’t complain about Thor being a woman. 

Even if you did complain about the canon comic where Thor turned into a fucking frog you still shouldn’t complain about Thor being a woman; it’s not like someone has to be turned into an animal before they’re allowed to be a woman as well. I mean, this is an easy one, there’s really no nuance, Not Complaining About Thor Being Female is a slam dunk. 

There are only two reasons to complain about this change. 

1. You really like the personality and character of Thor and you don’t want to see a different character filling the role.

2. Women being superheroes makes you uncomfortable. 

If you’re upset because of #1, I feel you. I like Steve Rogers a lot. But as with Steve Rogers, I’m actively supporting Sam Wilson in the role of Cap (if not Remender as the writer), because (well, mostly because I love Sam Wilson, but also because) I understand that as much as I like this character, representation in comics is more important than Steve Rogers in comics, and Steve would agree with me. In Thor’s case, we need more women in anchor character positions just to get up to equal numbers. So get over yourself, because I’m sure we’ll continue to see Male Thor in a variety of books and media. Sit down and remember you’re helping to work towards a better world through the simple expedient of keeping your mouth shut about Thor. 

If you think a woman being Thor somehow lessens it or excludes you or if it makes you feel strange and alienated, you’re a misogynist. No more talking from you, you’ve been talking for thousands of years. Take your discomfort out and treasure it; you are a silent martyr to a cause.

Emphasis on silent. No talking. You. No. Pst. No talking. No. No.

I have a serious blanket collection problem that has turned into a bed nest. This isn’t helping. I need that duvet though. Do you know how big they sell them?

I have a blanket problem too. *glances uneasily at totally full linen closet*

They come in Twin and Full, and no larger, unfortunately, but the Full pretty much covers the queen air mattress that Mum bought. Big enough for an adult to sleep under, anyhow…
Hey, copperbadge, you know a lot about Clint Barton. I seem to recall that Clint made the claim at one point that the draw on his bow was, like, 200 pounds or something completely ridiculous like that. Is that true?

I think so. I haven’t read the book personally, at least I don’t think, but according to Wikipedia he had a 250-pound draw on his bow. The citation to go with this was typically, for comics, cryptic:

Gruenwald, Mark; Layton, Bob (1983). Till Death Do Us Part. Hawkeye 1 (4).

That ought to give you a start in looking. I’m no expert but as I understand it, 250lb draw on a bow is rifuckingdiculous. 

A lot has been made of the fact that Clint, especially in the film, has really terrible form, but I think that’s pretty accurate — he learned from a carnie, for god’s sake. Imagine how good he’d be if he’d had proper training. :D

Dear Sam, I am in the middle of jobsearching and while yout jobs masterpost is very helpful( seriously, thanks), I thought there was also another list of things for finding jobs when you have no clue what kind of job you're looking for( the most memorable thing, to me, was a thing written by a friend of yours that asked you a bunch of questions to start you on your job hunting). If you have no idea what I'm on about: Whoops, sorry ignore this.

Hmmmmmmm you know it sounds very faintly familiar, but I can’t recall any specifics. I don’t think it was me, but it might have been comments in a post somewhere. 

I’m sorry I can’t recall more. If you can remember any of the questions or any unique keywords, try googling “copperbadge” and the term/question, and see what comes up. 

You might try here, or read the comments to all posts in the cafe job fair tag on that post. 


SAM- I figured out why Stallior is randomly a Roman… because he’s a CENTAURian!



*destroys everything, in glee*