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After the most recent episode, I basically just decided that (while in my fanon mind John and Sherlock fuck like rabbits) in my interpretation of them in canon is:

  • John is a bi-romantic heterosexual
  • Sherlock is a bi- or homo-romantic asexual
  • They are in love with each other
  • (and kind of in a relationship)
  • Neither of them realizes any of this, because both of them base their interpretation of their orientation on the sexual side of it alone alone

So John keeps dating women, because he self defines as heterosexual, and keeps trying to assert that to himself. But because he’s monoamourous and is already in love with Sherlock, he just can’t make it work with any of the women he dates at all.

Sherlock, on the other hand, figured out he wasn’t interested in sex around the time everyone else in his age group got interested in it and he found the whole thing terribly tedious. He probably doesn’t even bother to self-identify as asexual, because he doesn’t even care enough about that sort of thing to bother labelling it. And then, because he’s already categorised any sort of couple relationship as sexual and therefore boring, and because he very rarely comes across anyone he considers worth spending any of his time with anyway, he doesn’t really realise he is capable of romantic attraction, either. He has so little experience of having friends that when John comes along he doesn’t have a comparison to realise that their relationship is romantic rather than purely friendship.

Which is why everyone keeps pointing out that they’re a couple, but both of them just react by thinking “No, because we’re not having sex.” rather than noticing that they are in love with each other.

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Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?

The answer is NO.

The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

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this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!

  1. that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
  2. the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
  3. also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
  4. that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
  5. same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
  6. there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
  7. you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
  8. seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
  9. eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
  10. there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.


I am so fucking tired of seeing these misleading as fuck infographics about how “healthy eating is cheap!” No. No it is fucking not.

AND where the FUCK are you getting your food that salt and pepper are 5 cents?!??! or bacon for $1.85? or a CUP of oil for 55 cents? FOUR pieces of bread for 75 cents? 3 cups for rice for 50 cents? 

this stuff just doesn’t make sense, is extremely shaming, and is extremely misleading. 

Making homemade food affordable and healthy is very important to me, but let’s just point out a few things.

1. If you have very little money, you will *not* be eating Big Macs. You will be ordering off of the dollar menu. Off the dollar menu, that $28 is going to buy me two cheeseburgers, a fries, and a Coke for a family of SEVEN.

OK, six, really, because tax, and the double cheeseburgers are actually $1.19 now, but still. The point remains that I just bought 12 double cheeseburgers, 6 small fries, and 6ea. 16 oz. “small” sodas for about $26 plus tax. Trust me, I’ve actually done this…many times. Hell yes, I’ve dug under the seats of my car for that last nickel to get a $1 double cheeseburger when I had nothing else. Oh, wait, we were serving only four people? OK, so now we’re down to only $18 plus tax. Plus, I get free salt, pepper, ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, straws, napkins.

Now remember, each person in the family got TWO double cheeseburgers (that’s four small meat patties, four slices of cheese, and four slices of “bread” (sic), with onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard, a side of french fries (or *two* apple pies), and two cups (16 oz.) of Coke, because I asked for no ice. No one is going hungry here, and as things go, there are a whole lot of much more unhealthy things they *could* have eaten, instead.

2. And I don’t have to clean up. No soap, no hot water, no dishwasher, no sponges, no dishes, no nothing involved that would be necessary to serve the equivalent at home. You forgot to add the prices of all those things. All the remains get binned.

3. Which means I didn’t have to pay for gas or electricity for my stove to cook this stuff, I didn’t have to pay for power to run the refrigerator, I didn’t have to go shopping for it, I didn’t have to cook it…the list goes on. I think you’re getting the point. And you forgot to add all the prices of those things into the cost of your homemade meal.

4. Do you actually know how much a chicken costs? Let’s say $1.69/lb, which is pretty average in my area for a factory-farmed chicken. Now, the chickens you find out there rarely exceed about 7 lbs, which will be called a “roaster”. Anything you see above that is kind of freakish and is probably going to taste like it grew in a vat, not in a battery cage, but you get my drift. In any case, that’s the size chicken I’m going to need to feed a family of six, and that 7 lb bird is going to cost me…$11.83, not $5.96, as the illustration shows. OK, so the chicken you picked is for four people, so I guess I can get a 4.5 lb bird, instead, for $7.60. Wait, that’s still more money than $5.96. Oh, and can we spice it up with something besides salt and pepper, and *maybe* a squeeze of lemon? That’s pretty boring. For Goddess’ sake, pick up a box of Bell’s Poultry Seasoning, and a head of garlic!

5. That salad? Does it contain anything other than lettuce? I guess I have to make a vinaigrette out of oil, lemon, salt, and pepper, too? Good thing for you, I know how to cook. It’s still going to be a pretty boring salad…but whatevs, I’ll let you slide on that one.

6. One quart of milk? That’s half the volume of drinks I got at Micky D’s, hon. Better make it two quarts. Wait, scratch that, I’m Asian, and my family is lactose intolerant. Try again.

OK, I think you’re starting to get the picture. There’s more to food security, cooking, health, nutrition, food access, and money than meets the eye. I forgive you. After all, I’ve got actual experience at doing all of these things, so I have a visceral understanding of all the processes involved. Maybe now you have a little bit more insight into it, as well.

Umm Gemma can we please just elect you Queen of the World because this is literally everything I wanted to say but didn’t and yes, sweet jesus, yes.

Thank you from all of us who have been there and regularly find sugar packets in their pockets to attest to it.

yeah wow fuck this little infograph thing.

Reblogged for the amazing added commentary.

Love seeing these stupid posters debunked. And, uh, at what grocery store can I buy four pieces of sandwich bread or a half cup of olive oil?

Lately I’ve been trying to cook and eat at home more often. It is more economical in the long run (compared to going out to eat in general, not just getting McDonald’s) and probably better for me than the glue-like Lean Cuisines I’ve been subsisting on at work. BUT. It is a luxury to have a full kitchen and almost every pot, pan and appliance under the sun (which were wedding gifts - another luxury). It is a luxury to have enough money to buy a whole chicken (last one I bought was 4 lbs and cost $7) and loaves of whole-wheat bread ($3.89 at Target) and fresh ingredients. It is a luxury that I work normal hours and don’t have kids or other pressing responsibilities to take care of when I get home, so I can spend a couple hours cooking in the evening when the mood strikes me.

Instead of making food-shaming posters, maybe we should focus on making these luxuries more accessible to impoverished American families. Just maybe.

Wait. A. Minute. I’m a bit baffled by all these comments. Yes, I understand that fast food restaurants are convenient (hence the “fast food” in their title). Yes, I understand that eating rice and beans every day is not fun. Yes, I understand that lettuce does not constitute a salad. Yes, I understand that I may have to spend a lot of money up front if I want to be able to eat a single serving of bread or chicken. Yes, I understand that not everyone knows how to cook. Yes, I understand that not everyone has access to grocery stores, cooking utensils/appliances, etc.

But. And here’s the big but. Preparing a meal ahead of time and freezing it (eg. casseroles or par-cooked dishes) is an option. Chomping on a hamburger every day can get boring too. Eating a full cup of lettuce is still probably more nutritious than that lonely wilted tomato slice. Spending a bulk sum of money on one trip to the store seems more convenient than shelling out a few bucks every day. Even if you only know how to cook one thing you can use that as your base to teach yourself to cook other things. I have been using public transportation to shop for groceries and while it is not the easiest task, it is feasible. And lastly, you don’t need the most expensive cast-iron pot to make a meal. 

Clearly, I am making many generalizations based on my own experiences shopping and cooking for myself. I know fully well that everything can be a class issue, especially the ability to feed yourself. I am certainly not saying that healthy, fresh food is accessible to everyone. What I am saying, however, is that it is possible to live within your means and still enjoy a nutritious meal. The USDA offers meal plans for different income brackets and as a college student, I have been able to fit in to the thrift to low-cost brackets while occasionally enjoying a meal out. Again, I am speaking only from personal experience and should not be quoted but just because being economical when it comes to eating is hard (it is, I agree) does not mean that it is not possible if you have the time/energy to work at it.

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