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Review:Lululuna says:
Hi Rose! Loving these speedy updates so much!

Hmm, so let's go over things. With Archie, I understand why Rose didn't quite take to him, especially since she's such a fervent defender of people's rights to love who they want and not have it affect their identity and everything. I wasn't too impressed with his comments myself, but the fact of the matter is that people exist in varying degrees of acceptance and assumptions, like, for example, gay men not being macho enough to do a masculine job, definitely still exist and are perpetuated whether the person making those assumptions realizes or not. Even being a firm feminist I sometimes find myself making comments that I look back on and realize that society has trained me to think that way and that I just don't even think to question: for example my friend and I were complaining about her boyfriend and how he's acting immature - "like a girl." And then we kept reminding ourselves that no, acting like a girl isn't a bad thing, it's acting like a brat that's a bad thing. Anyway, tangent, but the point is that we all are guided by societal assumptions and that doesn't make Archie an ignorant or bad person, just that he hasn't been exposed to situations that show him it's not okay to make those assumptions.

Also, people are always changing and developing, and just because he made a couple comments doesn't mean he's inherently negative and will always think in that exact way. So I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt a bit, especially because Rose tends to jump to conclusions and act a bit impulsively. She could give him more of a chance to broaden his perspective.

That being said, though, I do hate an ignorant jerk as much as the next person. :P

I totally didn't realize that Cora was that young - she's just adorable! I like her and Brandon together a lot and he's just going to be such a good dad. I thought it was interesting how Beatrice made that comment about Cora needing a female role model as well: again, it goes into those societally perpetuated norms about the family that even somebody accepting of her son's sexuality would question without really considering that love trumps historical normality in what makes up a family.

Albus was being a bit of a pest in this chapter. :P I'm glad that Scorpius isn't letting Al toy with him any more than he already has because he needs to stand up for himself a bit. Maybe Scorpius and Brandon should get together? They're both behaving a lot more mature than Albus right now, I don't think he really deserves either man at the moment. :P

Great chapter as always, Rose! ♥ Sorry for all the rants!

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Author's Response: YES - LET'S GO OVER THINGS!

Rose is probably one of those people who wouldn't like her cousin's bf anyway though. I mean, she's of the opinion that no one is good enough to date her family. :P But, yeah, Archie is a bit ignorant and is making comments based out of a lack of experience around gay folks. I've had some of those exact conversations about socliazed thoughts that aren't congruent with feminist ideals. my sister has reverted into "guys are just like that" talk with her fiance and it makes me so mad!! ...anyway... I agree with your point.

Archie is in that dangerous zone of thinking that he's accepting but doesn't realize his words show a bit of a homophobic/non-tolerant undercurrent.

She's just a wee baby! WRITING BRANDON AS A DAD MAKES ME SQUEE SO MUCH!! *ahem* yeah, Beatrice is another person who is just a bit more traditionally minded. I'm glad that her comment didn't make her seem like a jerk though! she's really loving and accepting towards brandon.

ALBUS IS A COMPLETE BERK IN THIS THIS CHAPTER. Scorpius has learned a bit of self-control and whatnot. He's not just following his id. albus will work towards redemption, I promise!!

I LOVED YOUR RANTS!! thank you for an awesome review!!

-Rose


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