ParkerS Cafe is in the process of hiring new staff. I recently interviewed with Chris, Parker's son, the manager. Chris never once looked me in the eyes during the course of our hour long interview. Nor did he ask me any questions about myself, my qualifications, my resume, or what I thought I had to offer to the cafe. Instead, he repeatedly rubbed his eyes and forehead, and mumbled his explanation of their operating procedures and policies. He spoke to me in a manner I had a hard time interpreting, whether it was condescending or passive-aggressive, from disparaging the last item on my resume (film work, not cafe work) without allowing me an opprotunity to speak to the benefits and skills I acquired through that employment; to explaining that ParkerS wasn't "up on Hawthorne or Belmont, we don't care about how many tattoos you have," (I don't have tattoos, in fact, am very clean cut, and "some cafes will only make the perfect latte, but we just cater to the office building, we really just care about moving people through the line..."
The 5 star review of this place references "businesses without imagination who fall back on Stumptown," which neglects both the international (via direct trade) local (Portland-based) and personal (who has bigger rushes? Yet Stumptown would never advocate serving inferior coffee) philosophy of respect and appreciation that Stumptown preaches.
This town has the highest concentration of well-educated, unemployed people under 30 in the nation. In this job market, when hopeful job applicants are fighting tooth and nail for every new position that opens, is it too much to ask that businesses show the same dedication and respect? The same level of sincere commitment?
I found the management at ParkerS to be apathetic and rude, and the latte I had was bitter. I would encourage patrons to support businesses that respect you more, and hope job applicants to look elsewhere.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was offered a second interview that would take the form of a 4.5 hr unpaid "trial/exploratory/volunteer" shift. I turned it down.
TageSavage, demondog, The Showstopper, joeyturtle, PDXWahine, graham & luckybulldog13PDX:
It takes a lot of guts to stand up for your convictions, but never more so than these days, during the age of the internet, where off-hand comments can really linger, where anything you write online can be recorded for posterity. It's truly remarkable the way that the internet allows us to catalogue people's opinions, and form a circumstantial, subjective analysis of their personality. Circumstantial and un-contextualized as this method of personality research may be, it's freely given information, and more and more prospective employers are finding it beneficial in screening candidates. Not just employers - but schools, landlords, even girlfriends and boyfriends! All that stuff, at the fingertips of any savvy googler.
So, you must really be ready to put your full, considered theoretical, ideological and moral support behind your misogynistic rape culture stand-by: "She was asking for it." You really have to believe strongly in a line of thinking that trivializes and apologizes for a permissive attitude towards the degradation of women, to put that on the internet, attached to a screen name, attached to a profile, attached, for posterity, to you.
Young women should not have to compromise their sexuality and their sexual agenda out of fear of harassment. On the same thread castigating insensitivity to old age, people are also demanding that young girls wear more clothes, deny their bodies' peak sexual potency, out of fear that they should be seen as "asking for it" in their "whore's uniforms." Girls should not have to wear more clothes than they want to - after all, we still want attract our sexual peers.
In this thread, people like TageSavage, demondog, The showstopper, graham, luckybulldog13pdx, PDXwahine & joeyturtle ask that women blame themselves for suffering through lewd or unwanted attention. Other people have condemned the type of sexual agency that stands behind saying "I don't want this," as "stuck up" or "being full of yourself." The right to choose - to select OR reject - your sexual partners belongs to everyone. Some people even suggested that it is a woman's duty to submit to this attention and suck it up because that guy was old and someday they'll be old too... and once you're old you've earned the right to...? Harass other people in turn? Once you've earned your long-in-the-tooth merit badge?
And on the same thread, people are berating girls for not sticking up for themselves, saying what they mean, and being assertive?
Even in a city that's constantly touted as being liberal, open minded and forward thinking, the evidence that we are way behind on our sexual education is right there when your scratch the surface. Personally, I wish my rural red state health class had spent a little less time watching "Prefontaine" and a little more time talking about sexual agency, so the next time a guy shouts at a girl on the street she would do more than just giggle and button up her sweater.
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