How to Hit On a Woman at Her Place of Employment

It looks like you’re a cool, hip fella who enjoys such cool, hip activities as “occasionally leaving your house” and “interacting with other people.” Congrats! While involved in one such activity, you’ve come across an attractive young woman who happens to be working, perhaps at a restaurant or event venue. You would like to get to know her better. Here’s how to go about that.

Step 1: Don’t.

But—

No.

But—

You’re going to do it anyway, aren’t you.

Probably.

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The Minimum Wage RA

There’s a piece going around my Facebook today about Resident Assistants at my school–specifically the university’s less-than-stellar treatment of them in several cases. My experience wasn’t nearly as bad as the ones described in the article–in fact, my Community Director was more supportive of me than I could possibly have expected, and the worst of my issues were nothing compared to sexual assault–but there’s still one thing that’s always bothered me about the ways that RAs are treated here at Georgetown and that is, quite frankly, that we’re not always paid for what we do. I left a comment on the article, but I feel like it’s a significant enough issue to merit a post here as well.

I was an RA my sophomore year and, when I left for France last August, I had every intention of reapplying for my senior year. By the time the December deadline rolled around, I had changed my mind. Why? Because I ran the numbers. Continue reading →

The Problem with “Do What You Love”

dwylfullFrom Pinterest to posters to countless high school valedictorian speeches, the mantra “do what you love; love what you do” is everywhere, but it’s not necessarily what we need. This week, Slate ran a piece about how the oft-repeated phrase hurts workers. The whole thing is worth a read, but there are several sections that stand out:

One consequence … is the division that DWYL [Do What You Love] creates among workers, largely along class lines. Work becomes divided into two opposing classes: that which is lovable (creative, intellectual, socially prestigious) and that which is not (repetitive, unintellectual, undistinguished). Those in the lovable-work camp are vastly more privileged in terms of wealth, social status, education, society’s racial biases, and political clout, while comprising a small minority of the workforce.

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