Portland is the kind of place in which a feminist can feel right at home. From the In Other Words bookstore to the woman owned breweries and female bonding events, Portland is a town where you can eschew the patriarchy and the heteronormalative, break out your plaid shirt, throw away that bottle of Nair and be an unabashed woman’s libber.
On the other side of the coin Portland is also a place where dweebish men can ogle unrealistically proportion female cartoon characters and identify with muscular and desirable heroes at the latest Comic Con. They can visit any one of Portland’s many strip clubs and objectify woman who are economically obliged to be nice to them. They can even visit a genuine 70’s style porno book shop and plan out some of the actions they will take when they get their first girlfriend.
Early 2016 brings several events to town where male female relationships and feminism can be discussed, laughed about and winded on about in general. Whether you are an activist or just a curious observer there are plenty of places to go to examine the touchy subject of gender politics.
Beyond Lolita: Literary Writers on Sex and Sexuality
On Monday, January 11 Powell City of Books will bring five popular female writers including Cheryl Strayed who wrote, Wild and Lidia Yuknavitch who wrote, The Small Backs of Children together for a roundtable discussion. The ladies will discuss their own writing and such topics as sexual shame, teen sex and sexuality during aging.
Each of these authors write about their own experiences and they will discuss the challenges of writing nonfiction. They will also discuss the impact that writing has on the culture.
The roundtable starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. A very early arrival is recommended.
NARAL Pro Choice Oregon Celebrates Roe versus Wade
Although it may have been over forty years since the United States Supreme Court decided that a woman had the right to choose an abortion, it is still the subject of much controversy. Conservative politicians are still crying for abortion to be made illegal in a desperate attempt to garner the religious and for about twenty years pregnant characters in movies and on television rarely chose the abortion option.
On Friday, January 22 In Other Words bookstore will celebrate the famous decision with a reading by author Patricia Kullberg who will read from her new novel, Girl in the River. The book paints a picture of what life was like for women before Roe verses Wade.
The lecture starts at 6:00 p.m. and a donation of $5.00 to $10.00 is recommended. There will also be wine and appetizers available for a donation.
Greg Behrendt – stand up
If you are a female character on television, or a chubby noseless comic strip character, chances are you want a baby and a husband. You are probably sitting by the phone right now just waiting for that special guy to call and wondering why he doesn’t.
Greg Behrendt is the potty mouthed stud who worked as a consultant on Sex on the City and came up with the brilliant observation that if a guy doesn’t call you he may just not be that into you. The observation was worked into a Sex and the City script and became a cottage industry for Mr. Behrendt, garnering him a best-selling book and a movie spin off. These days Mr. Behrendt is on the stand up circuit and will appear at Helium Comedy Club from Thursday, February 11 to Sunday, February 14.
Mr. Behrendt, who claims to be the one heterosexual male consultant or the popular HBO show will demonstrate his no nonsense philosophies and break women of their alleged delusion on Valentine’s Day weekend.
If you are that into him, tickets to the show range from $15.00 to $33.00 and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s Valentine’s show starts at 7:00 p.m. so you can have time for a quick Tinder date on the way home.
Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor
Eliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.