"police arrested a 32-year-old Southeast Portland man for attempting to strangle his girlfriend with his dreadlocks."
I saw this ..... "story" repeated in my feed on fb all fucking week. I read the Sexual Politics article here for the first time and HERE IT IS AGAIN.
This is stupid as shit and probably not even true.
I'm having a hard time getting past the phrase "dreadlocks are disgusting and everyone who decides to grow dreadlocks should be publicly mocked." When referring to white people, this is pretty accurate because white people with dreads (as in the guy who committed this violence) are appropriative shit heads. Otherwise, that statement is fucked. So a white person thinks a hairstyle belonging to people of color is icky and worth ridicule? GROUNDBREAKING.
I couldn't put my finger on why I didn't want to pass this story around on Facebook, but this is why. Your work here will be sorely missed, and I home someone else can step up and take your place.
I was a Cub Scout (my mom was our Den-Mother too), Webelo, and also a Boy Scout for several years, and had nothing but positive experiences that have stayed with me throughout my life.
Right Jarhead... b/c what you and YOUR wife have is SUCH A STANDARD in this country, isn't it???
My wife, who made $130K last year, (to my $60k) thinks the writers of this article (and Brad Avakian) are full of shit.
Just thought I'd let you know.
@jomdox, excellent points, thank you. I personally believe women should have their facilities, I believe this would make most women more comfortable.
As a woman who apparently has to find a bathroom more often than the men in my house (or car), I loved the idea of gender free single stall type bathrooms. Then, I went on a long road trip and discovered many converted restrooms in gas stations and mini marts. They were disgusting!. Yes, women's rooms can be messy, mostly kids leaving paper towels all over the floor. Yes, with the advent of self flushing toilets, many toilets don't get flushed when they are "old fashioned." However, the unisex toilets were disgusting! So filthy, so smelly, so greasy!!! I think I'll wait.
You are all full of shit!!! Lets look at it from a logical (I know that is asking a lot of Portlandia but try to keep up here) point of view. If, as an employer, I could hire a woman to do the SAME JOB as a man for a much lower salary, why would I ever hire a man? The whole arguement seems to fall to pieces when you look at it that way and that is the problem with logical fallacies (or in this case Illogical fallacies).
God, I hate how the smug indignant blogging that Ms. Mirk has fooled some influential Portland Mercury editors and Human Resources managers into thinking is journalism worthy of publishing on dead trees is so smug and indignant it can nearly make me turn against an issue that I do actively believe to be an issue of concern such as inequality in pay. Seriously, using logical fallacies large enough to be recognized by grade schoolers to reach your conclusion of "Sexism Tax" isn't even worthy of a bumper sticker, let alone worth pulping up trees older then she is to print it on.
There's no separate minimum wage for men and women. People in crap jobs make the same crap wages. How does one focus on sexism and avoid classism?
Oh and mr. frankie above, ever hear that stupid term "mancession?" Actually, women are going further in the capitalist system for their willingness to take bad jobs for low wages. There's even a new book about it.
The question remains: why are men being paid more in a highly competetive capitalistic system, why are not employers slashing payroll costs by hiring more women?
I don't understand why this should be an issue that the entire city needs to address. I would argue that we are not discriminating so much as we don't have the tipping point population of people who don't occupy traditional gender roles. I think that instead of the rest of us pretending like we're super progressive, we should work on accepting that transgender people are a minority that cannot always be reasonably accommodated, especially when it comes to high volume, gendered public restrooms. And maybe, just maybe, we could be courteous to everyone regardless of their gender and which restroom they choose to use.
Nasty-ass = ponytail, mirrored shades and immature facial piercings.
Lazy-ass = putting your bike on a trimet bus for a 2 mile commute.
Lazy, nasty ass = that's you damosa.
"Regarding the rape thing: a little boy was raped by a man in a burger joint toilet in North Portland some months ago, remember that?"
I sure do! A nasty-ass White man, at that - who else!?
@ human in training
"yes, men are sloppy aimers, to say the least, and it's pretty shameful.....but in their (our) defense: toilets just aren't well-designed for standing-urination -- among other things, there's usually too much water in the bowl, creating more splash than necessary....."
That's exactly my point: bowls are not designed for standing pissing, so don't fucking do standing pisses in them.
Regarding the rape thing: a little boy was raped by a man in a burger joint toilet in North Portland some months ago, remember that? Rapists gonna rape no matter what, we all just need to be more alert and quick to stop them.
Totally right you are, Kaj!
At the root of the multi-gendered bathroom conversation is a need for safe-space. A safe space for people of any gender, passing or not, to go number 1, number 2, or check their make-up, adjust their package, cry alone or semi-alone, wash their hands and go IN PEACE. It's problematic because I believe there is a need in our culture to segregate women dominated bathrooms from male dominated bathrooms. Why? Because we live in a rape culture and just because you don't see it (for whatever reason) doesn't mean it doesn't exist and create threatening space for women. It's problematic because bathrooms for non-passing trans people can become unsafe too, especially for trans-women. The bathroom is a great place for some gender revolution and the male voice is not separate from this dialog. As men we need to acknowledge the need for the safety of ALL bodies in bathrooms by being ally's with women and trans-people to support that safety.
Couldn't help but notice just a hair bit of MAN-HATING in some of these comments. Lemme tell you all something: men's bathrooms are generally disgusting, yes. SAME goes for women's bathrooms! I KNOW b/c i worked as a janitor years ago. I cleaned offices, break rooms, and bathrooms - men's AND women's. By the time i was done with that job, i had come to the firm conclusion that HUMANS in general can be (and often are) pretty fucking foul. So folks, please... put that myth out of your heads right now! Ladies restrooms only look nicer b/c they've got potted plants in 'em 'n shit.
And for the record, i'm all for the idea of unisex restrooms. I personally don't have an issue with them - it's still just a public bathroom. Often, it's going to be messy and nasty and [unfortunately] sometimes poorly kept. And i really don't know just what the Hell other peoples' deal is. But man, i use a public restroom and i'm in there for ONLY as long as i need to be! I go in, do EXACTLY what i need to do, and get out - simple.
Btw, the restroom at EM (Sandy) is unisex. It's fairly clean, though the walls are covered in graffiti.
well thought-out comments, except for the rape thing -- while i don't think a huge increase in the incidence of rape would occur should multi-stalled, unisex bathrooms become the norm, i do think that it would be much easier to perpetrate such a crime in a stall than in a waiting room or an elevator -- a stall provides a lot more cover, and most wouldn't think twice if they heard a bit of muffled moaning coming from a closed stall -- i hear questionable/weird/disgusting grunts all the time. (gross, i know -- how about including a little fiber in your diet, guys? -- taking a shit doesn't have to be a difficult, 10-minute exercise, you fucking morons.)
(and, by the way: why is it that we don't publicly castrate rapists?? -- obviously jail time isn't a big enough deterrent.)
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