After reading this, I rolled my eyes so hard I have a headache now. I read the names of the authors, and didn't recognize them as regular writers for The Mercury, so I googled the names. Lo and Behold, each one of them get first page results as having written for The Stranger, The Merc's sister tabloid weekly up in Seattle.
All I can say is that I have always found the radically political element of Seattle a little more strident and obnoxious than Portland, where being genuinely well-meaning seems to have a stronger foothold (for which I'm grateful... hope it doesn't change soon).
That said, this article is just obnoxious. Having been to some pretty backwards parts of the U.S., where I have seen and unfortunately knew dudes who behave like this, I sympathize with the sentiment. However, I can tell you this with confidence: Men who act like this probably don't read the Mercury, and if they do, they won't take this seriously. This won't stop that behavior. And, in the better part of a decade of living in Portland, I can't think of a time where I've witnessed this.
Which means, the article is a stab at those who were already more or less sympathetic to and aware of the female side of this issue. Which is shitty, and kind of childish and oblivious on the part of the writers. Its like a home-owner running up to a person walking their dog, one who always picks up the poop, and scolding them for the fact that they've found dog shit on their lawn.
Except this has been happening for decades. Same dog-owners, picking up after their dog, and having angry homeowners confront them. Again and again. It's fucking tired and old and dumb. We know. We get it. It sucks. Please quit scolding at the world, indiscriminately. And Mercury? Can you grow-it-up a little please? Not everyone in Portland is a 22 year old. You've been getting more and more like a college newspaper recently.
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