Category Archives: Portland

Vegan Strippers Prepare for Southeast Portland

Despite heated debates, Casa Diablo will be opening a new strip club location in Southeast Portland. This vegan strip club has detractors who worry about crime being attracted to the neighborhood. Others who oppose it see it offensive to sell women’s bodies.

This is not the first time Casa Diablo has been the focus of criticism. In 2008 Casa Diablo was featured in a New York Times article discussing the unfortunate combination of using women’s bodies to promote veganism. Peta has also caught public criticism for the use of women’s bodies to promote animal rights.

Of the two biggest critiques, I think the misuse of women’s bodies is the bigger issue. It doesn’t matter if it’s a strip club with a pure profit motive or a strip club with a political motivation. Either way this becomes objectification of women… and that is never a good thing.

Objectification =   women in patriarchal societies also undergo a kind of fragmentation ‘by being too closely identified with [their body]… [their] entire being is identified with the body, a thing which… has been regarded as less inherently human than the mind or personality’ (Bartky 1990, 130). All the focus is placed on a woman’s body, in a way that her mind or personality are not adequately acknowledged. A woman’s person, then, is fragmented. Bartky believes that through this fragmentation a woman is objectified, since her body is separated from her person and is thought as representing the woman (Bartky 1990, 130).

It is difficult to a hurt a human. Objectification turns women’s bodies into things.

For men it is easier to hurt a thing, something less inherently human… thus, objectification has been linked with rape and domestic violence. Therefore all strip clubs are a problem… not just Casa Diablo, because strip clubs objectify women’s bodies…

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Oregon College Education is Broken (and Broke)

Many students do not think about the loans they will be paying back, at least not until after they graduate. But tuition rates in Oregon are projected to go up again.

For Southern Oregon University the tuition increase is to offset a $2.5-million budget shortfall. For Portland State, the combination of tuition and fees is going down slightly… partly by allowing students who do not have health insurance to opt-out of health insurance if they do not want it. At the University of Oregon, the most expensive public university, tuition and fees are expected to exceed $9300.

According to the Gazette Times, “OSU’s anticipated tuition increase is still less than what it saw last year, when it rose 8.1 percent. The tuition increases are partially due to the decreasing share of state allocations. The Oregon University System received 16 percent less in state funds for the 2011-13 biennium compared to the last biennium, or $691 million compared to $824 million.”

How are professors supposed to assign a textbook to read for class when the student tuition and fees are already so high? Textbooks add to the problem because the cost of textbooks has risen at a pace of 4-times the rate of inflation.

When is enough ENOUGH? California has been devastated by the college tuition crisis, and it feels like Oregon is following the same model. People of Oregon… demand better from your state’s leaders. Demand better for your children.

Earth Day 2012 – Oregon

2 Peter 3:10-13

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

EARTH DAY 2012 – OREGON

I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I believe Jesus will return someday. When that day comes a lot of things will change… including the earth. However, I will not passively sit by while the planet is ruined by recklessness. If you believe climate change is crap, then at least consider pollution as a problem on this Earth Day 2012.

Politicians are notorious for trading jobs for votes… even when those jobs bring polluting factories.

Maybe something realistic you can do to help the environment is change how you get to work. A hybrid is not financially feasible for many people. But other changes in lifestyle can be made. Many people drive to work when they could bike or walk.

I encourage you to educate yourself about the challenges the planet is currently facing and things you can do to make a positive impact.

Eyeless Shrimp: Two Years After the BP Oil Spill

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Nude Protestor’s Right to Free Speech

A 50-year-old man who said he felt that airport screeners were “harassing” him stripped naked at Portland International Airport, police in Oregon said.

Police charged John E. Brennan with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure after he disrobed while going through the security screening area at the airport Tuesday evening.

“When interviewed about his actions, Mr. Brennan stated he fly’s (sic) a lot and had disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him,” a police incident report said. – CNN

My wife and I had an interesting conversation about nude protestors. We both came to the same conclusion… if something is against the law, then it is not a valid form of ‘Free Speech’ as protected by the Bill of Rights. In addition, how far does Free Speech actually go? To speak in public, protected. To print something (print darn near anything), protected. To peaceably assemble, protected.

If someone smokes pot in public as a protest to the government’s ban of marijuana, that is breaking the law. Not protected.

If someone spray paints a message on a government building or vehicle, that is breaking the law even though it was written expression. Not protected.

If someone takes off their clothes at an airport where clothing is NOT OPTIONAL, that is against the rules. Not protected.

PETA has done some fairly aggressive naked protesting, but they normally find ways to adhere to the rules. It’s not the naked part… it’s the breaking the rules part.

If breaking the rules/laws to get attention if part of the Naked Protest agenda, fine. But it’s not Free Speech. Free Speech does not break the law. Even peacefully assembling in an area must respect a place’s fire exits and safety concerns.

Not breaking the law has a lot of power. Because when a person is not breaking the law while protesting and he or she gets assaulted by police… I REMEMBER THAT IMAGE!

I am liberal on some issues and conservative on others. I think on Free Speech I am conservative in the sense that I don’t think a protest should break the law. Even if I agree with what he or she is protesting against, I don’t remember a person’s message most of the time if the law is broken: I just remember the image of him being taken away in handcuffs.

What do you think?

Frequent Flyer Miles

Anyone have experience in transferring Frequent Flyer Miles from one person to another?

My research is a comparison of poverty in the United States and other countries. Using frequent flyer miles would certainly help offset the cost of the research.