I was having a conversation with an acquaintance of mine. We work on a show together and I had been talking with some other show members about discrimination in the workplace, specifically around piercings and tattoos and how some workplaces disallow all of them and others are selective in what I consider a negatively discriminatory way. Said acquaintance joins the conversation and brings up the opinion that those are choices, and therefore it isn't discrimination. He then brings up that it makes sense for things like race and sexual orientation to be protected because those aren't choices and to him "the science is very clear on that."
His opinion really rubbed me the wrong way because I don't feel like it being a choice or not is a reasonable explanation for determining whether it should be legally protected, nevermind his disregard for the general meaning of the word "discrimination." I couldn't find the words to say what I mean, but it has really been bothering me. I think I meant to say something to the effect of it not being a good reason because it implies that if one could help being black, or if it were a choice, it should therefore not be protected and that not being black is somehow superior. I just couldn't find the words to explain it to him.
What do you guys think? I would really like to revisit this idea with him later, but I don't want him to feel attacked by me. I just can't seem to find the words to explain why I think it's crap. Maybe you can?
I'm looking to replace/add some parts to a wire modular closet that was in the closet of my house when I moved in (so I don't know where it came from/what brand it is). I have looked at home depot but what they carry isn't quite what I have. I've googled but all the modular closet companies seem much more high-end than what I have (they're showing me wood and this is wire shelves/hanging baskets). Anyone have another idea of where I should look, in real life or online?
Howdy. What is the coolest, awesomest playground in Portland? Anywhere in the metro is fine by me, as long as it's hella rad.
For the next hour there is lots of cheap used stuff at Mount Tabor Middle School, on 57th between Stark and Burnside. Lots of good stuff, furniture, flower stands, windows, sporting gear, and they are selling it for SUPER CHEAP.
anyone know a low-key place some friends and I can do karaoke in SE tonight? Closer-in is better, we are near the Hawthorne district for reference. Or just your favorite karaoke spots.
i have finished finals! *fanfare!* as such, my brain craves fat after depleting so much. fat.
where can i get the best buttercream on the eastside? it can be in the form of cakes or cupcakes or i don't really care. i just want tasty buttercream desserts, but i don't want to drive really far. thanks!
We're moving next week, and we need to get rid of some stuff. We've got a 3-seater sofa, two recliners, and a computer desk.
The sofa is old and not very pretty, but sturdy and comfortable. Ditto the recliners. All have some cat scratch damage, but nothing that a slipcover wouldn't fix. The computer desk is white, from Ikea, about 6 months old, has a pull-out keyboard tray and 3 glass shelves on one side of the hutch.
The sofa and recliners are free. They can be picked up Sunday or anytime next week in the evening. You need to bring a truck and whoever you need to help you haul them. We'd like to get at least $40 for the desk since it's practically new, but we'll consider giving it away if no one wants to buy it.
If giving away doesn't work, has anyone ever used 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Will they come and haul stuff away for us, or do we have to get everything into the truck ourselves? And are their rates insane?
I have a mountain bike and I just want it checked out and what not. Where should I go that will be friendly, not try and tear my wallet a new one, and has some sort of credibility.
Is there anything you are an absolutist about? Or are you a complete pragmatist?
i have a date tonight. can you recommend some to do? anything except a movie?
also, under 21. thanks :]
Is it just me or has there been a big increase lately in Trimet drivers showing up, well, basically whenever they feel like it? Particularly, 3 or more minutes early.
This is not okay. I'm gonna start calling it in if I get the bus number, because it's happened to me and people I know quite a bit lately.
Am I the only Portlander who thinks soymilk is nah-asssssty?
What is your favorite American play? ("American" meaning written by an American author. "Play" meaning stage play, and not a musical; one-acts are OK.)
Earlier today a vagrant outside of Safeway asked me for money for food. (BTW I hate going in there but I was nearby and needed dog food.) I thought I would do a good deed and pick him up a bagel to give him on my way out. I came out side and handed him the bag, he's all "thank you so much, this is great" (and I'm feeling good because in my own head I was nice enough to think of someone outside of myself.. i've never done anything like that before). So I'm unlocking my bicycle and I hear him start mumbling.. low at first... then louder.. "it's not even toasted... where the hell is the creme cheese.. i can't eat this".. then he yells "hey lady, you just wasted your money, what am I suppose to do with this, i can't eat this, you didn't even get me creme cheese!" and then HE THREW IT AT ME. yeah.. let me say this again..
HE THREW IT AT ME......
my random act of kindness was repaid with a flying object directed at me because apparently the preparation wasn't up to his high standard of food service. I was able to laugh about it and my faith in humanity isn't completely destroyed... but Damn.. I eat plain bagels like that all the time.. what a little bitch, am I right?