Born & raised near Pittsburgh. Living in Portland since 2002.
Alive. I hope.
Hey j.cas: Can you have some more risky sex and invite me to your "I'm just so happy she's not preggers parties!" where you dole out the free liquor? Either that, or man up and have a vasectomy already? B/C I'm a woman who also does not want kids, and it would be awfully nice if the "not having kids" dudes in this town would man up and do something about it already. Because the fact is that is much easier to sterilize a man than a woman. Thanks for nothing, asshole.
@blabby: I don't think that anon is "genuinely shocked to find out that sexism still exists." I think that she's just saying that she would like to ride her bike w/o dudes asking her why she's not naked. Is that really too much to ask?
You say that you "don't doubt that it sucks to be treated that way" and I believe you. But have you ever been treated that way? I doubt it. It's fucking annoying. She has a right to bitch about that. Hell, I get honked at and have to deal with comments from assholes sometimes just because I'm a woman and I'm walking down the street (in jeans and a t-shirt, no less).
Of course sexism exists, but as a person (you) who doesn't have to deal with it on a semi-daily basis, it's easy for you to dismiss it. But just b/c you might not be one of the men perpetuating that, it's not fair for you to just dismiss it outright.
^^ So, if you ride your bike to Hillsboro, why can't you ride it back to Portland? Serious question.
It sounds like you need to learn how to drive. Are you from Washington? (J/K, you could be from Oregon, too. Yunz just don't know how to drive. OK. totes generalizing here.) Drive faster or get used to it.
Huh. I feel like anon does not live in any of the neighborhoods of which he speaks. Because I am one of those poor souls (according to anon) who lives east of 82nd. And I voted against fluoride. Had a yard sign an everything.
I guess I'm one of those folks whom @human in training speaks of. Except he can't figure out if the people who are against fluoride are 'hippie airheads' or actual practical people who can't just be grouped into random subsets of Different Kinds Of People.
And @Horny Hippo, I'm not sure what you're talking about, but I was reminded of when a bunch of Democrats posed as Green Party members and thwarted Ralph Nader's chances getting on the Oregon ballot. I'm not a Green Party member any more, but it cuts both (all?) ways.
I grew up on well water. I just went to the dentist after 6 years and I have zero cavities. Because I, like, brush my teeth and floss, and stuff (with fluoride toothpaste, btw). And it's something that everyone can do. Because it's affordable and doable. Just brush and floss. Cavities are not caused because of a lack of fluoride. And I do realize our water isn't "pure" b/c it has other chemicals in it. I just don't want to add another chemical to it. What's so fucking wrong with that?
Man, when I moved to PDX 10.5 years ago, my first apartment was at SW 11th & Alder. (Beverly Alder FTW! Studio apt. w/ my boyfriend & a Murphy bed and kitchenette. Walk in closet, bathroom and fire escape, however, were nice. But I digress.)
At the time, there were hardly any businesses there. My block was so empty there was garbage everywhere on the street. Walking thru that hood and seeing the changes makes me sentimental but it's nice too see all of the awesome places there are to check out now.
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