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Portland strip club sexualizes murdering women by having women pose as naked brutalized corpses for a Halloween event. (But I suppose boys will be boys and want to indulge in a bit of “fantasy” now and then!)

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  • therealcie

    Shouldn’t we know by now that FOOTBALL is more important that children (or women, or animals for that matter) being sexually or physically abused? Silly women!

    • Meghan Murphy

      Of course!

    • -asphyxia-

      As a person who has been born and raised in Wisconsin, that story made me very sad. We are good people! I promise!

  • NagaMorich

    Yep, and the katana in my room is just for decor.

  • Mitochondrial Eve

    Real nice @ the Portland strip club, considering women in the sex industry are the most targeted demographic for serial killers.

    • Just Passing Through

      Real sick stuff. Is there no end to how sick and deranged men’s porn fantasies need to get? I think I know the answer to that ….sadly.

  • Hannah

    I love the article about the Israeli and Palestinian women!

  • Lucia Lola

    I’ve got me my bat by my bed ever since I moved out of my parents’ home. Let’s just say it hasn’t been unused.

  • Just Passing Through

    Just read an article (couple years old I think) on a man who went off on a woman (FB post I believe) She was walking home in front of him late at night and she got spooked and started to run home. The man was walking up fast behind her, he said he was in a hurry to get home, and was just utterly OFFENDED that a woman would dare to think he would cause her harm. He thought it was arrogant of her to think he was even interested in her at all. He was so incensed that she could think that way about him. He wrote a very strongly worded post that ended up backfiring on him (thankfully) Men are just completely oblivious to the fear that we live with day in and day out or they think we are just “overreacting”. It is true that there is no greater risk in this world to women than men…. Gives men the sads n stuff… poor men.

    • -asphyxia-

      I met a guy recently and we’re supposed to go on an “official date” tomorrow night. We grabbed drinks tonight at a neighborhood bar kind of on a whim. I was telling him stories about creeper (supposed) male “friends” of mine that were completely inappropriate with me, so I cut them off from my life. He kept saying he felt so bad that women have to deal with the bullshit from creeps. I appreciated that sentiment, to be honest. He walked me home and was very respectful. I appreciated that even more.

      I’ve had numerous male friends say that they don’t envy the crap women have to deal with…just by existing. I get so sick of the catcalls and having to be worried about walking alone at night. It’s disgusting…

  • -asphyxia-

    From the strip club article: “It’s always kind of the same thing over and over. No one is really doing anything extracurricular, anything fun and outgoing, so our brand is always trying to pick up new and innovative approaches to party ideas and concepts.”

    So murdered women are a “fun” concept and “party ideas?” OMG Go fuck yourself. Gross.

  • Rurik Omnibus

    Why aren’t you covering the case of the Chicago Cubs’ ace reliever Aroldis Chapman, who has beaten, choked, and shot at his girlfriend, but is still going to play in the World Series? http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/10/24/reliever_aroldis_chapman_gives_chicago_cubs_fans_a_moral_dilemma.html

    • Meghan Murphy

      Hadn’t seen it. Thanks for the link. Hard to keep up with everything out there, you know?

      • Morag999

        Keeping up with every news-worthy instance of a male terrorizing a female and getting away with it, in the English-speaking world, or in Canada alone, is literally impossible. And, even if it were possible, it would probably — slowly but surely (and invisibly) — kill you. Seriously. There’s only so much bad news — which is not just the bad news of male violence itself, but the normalizing of women’s suffering and nobody-ness — that any woman can take.

        • NagaMorich

          Exactly. And I’m losing my tolerance for tv shows that glorify violence against women and violence in general under the guise of being edgy. Last Sunday I watched an episode of Poldark with a friend and then TWD. When it was all over we just looked at each other sighed. It’s as if we’ve reached peak sexnviolence.

          Especially with TWD I felt like I was tricked into watching a snuff film.

          • will

            “It’s as if we’ve reached peak sexnviolence.”

            I wish… but here comes Westwrold to disabuse of of the notion that this shit is going to subside any time soon.

          • NagaMorich

            A friend advised me to watch this westworld you speak of, said I’d love it. So now I’m wondering what they could’ve meant by that.

            sry I meant I personally feel like spurning anything with sexnviolence. Although for some reason I’m still watching The Fall.

  • Morag999

    Right, there are no safe levels of male supremacy. And that’s why #notallmen is pointless and meaningless.

  • Paul

    Hey there, the original article about the strip bar shows the advert they used, its a picture of a dead man and two dead women. You failed to mention the man. Depicting dead people is just a Halloween standard, its not a celebration of violence, nor has it ever been. To see that from a Halloween poster you must really have an axe to grind. Furthermore on reading the article, the organiser says the event teaches the customers the seven deadly sins of strip bars, things like not taking photos of the girls, respecting their boundaries and tipping them. It actually sounds like it is teaching customers to respect the women who choose this line of work. The negative article you produce about it is indicative of the tripe reeled out by third wave sites like this that gives all feminism a bad name. I wonder if the editors of this site are true believers in what they produce or are just turning out outrage and sensation for their readership who use this kind of site as a sort of therapy and venting at the “evil world”?

    • Meghan Murphy

      He wasn’t sexualized, though… Notice that?

  • Meghan Murphy

    So you kinda missed the whole point and our headline, eh?

    • Paul

      No I didn’t miss it, I saw it and I disagree with it. That’s different than missing it. You think having strippers and customers depicted as ghoulish dead bodies for Halloween is designed to appeal to a necrophilic or a sadastic violent urge in men who enjoy brutalized notions of sex because they have been brainwashed by extreme porn. I think its a harmless Halloween poster, hardly any guys have such urges so what this is, is probably just a fun Halloween night at a place that happens to be a strip club. The fact that strippers are depicted as dead is incidental, it is not done to glorify violence or to sexualise violence and the theme of the night very much indicates from the information at hand that this establishment is teaching respect for its workers, something reported in the original article but emitted from your short coverage.

      • Meghan Murphy

        No. I think sexualizing violence against women sexualizes violence against women.

        • Paul

          Ok, well I was contesting whether or not the theme (strippers and customers dressed in Halloween costumes) actually constitutes the sexualising of violence. That was the contested point here. I have stated my reasons why I believe it does not in a clear way. You have replied not with an elaboration, or a break down of why you think my arguments lack strength but instead with a rather circular and honestly pretty churlish restating of your position.”It is what it is… cause it is”. Here is a very simple example for you of how you argue your point, it would be like if a nightclub did a night where it promoted wearing sneakers. I reported “Nightclub promotes being tacky!” You say “I don’t necessarily think wearing sneakers in a night club is tacky” and I reply “I think promoting a night of being tacky promotes a night of being tacky, snap”. Clearly this would be a lame way to contest my position. This sound-bitey, churlish means of communication that was your reply might be useful for gaining you retweets by like minded individuals on the Twittersphere, but anybody with intellectual honesty who takes the time to read this thread, or any other such thread, will see where I am coming from and at least see I am arguing a point with honesty. Your manner of communication won’t turn anybody over to your way of thinking.

        • NagaMorich

          If I understand this person correctly, it’s as if they’re saying the violence isn’t sexualized b/c its strippers who are de facto sexualized and therefore don’t count. Which is naft.

    • will

      But he used the word “whilst”! He MUST know what he’s talking about!

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yeah men are pretty shitty to everyone, eh?

    • Paul

      And black people get robbed by black people.

  • Meghan Murphy

    You clearly have explored the site very thoroughly, Paul.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Yeah racism is tooootally the same as acknowledging that men are the perpetrators of almost all violence.

  • Just Passing Through

    lol ..perfect!

  • will

    Sorry boy, but you have massive case of projection. It’s you who are pontificating on a subject you know jack-shit about and it’s you who clearly exist in an echo chamber of self-congratulation. If you took you hand off your gear stick for long enough to get an even rudimentary understanding of the discourse here, you’d see what a ridiculous cliché you are performing with your comments.

    • Zeus Mc.

      The notion that I exist in an echo chamber seems contradictory to the only known fact about me, that I am on a site reporting news from a perspective that is clearly different than my own. In addition to this, I am in fact arguing my cases on point, without ad hominem attacks to other users. I have already received the usual share of ad hominems, assumptions and of course the explanation of my opinion being attributed to my assumed gender coming back in my direction. I know the canned platitudes about why the regressive left find the gender and race of the person making a point as relevant as the points they are making so don’t bother repeating them. What is interesting is that my Twitter was blocked for my above comments. The moderators can block who they want but they can’t then also pretend this is not an echo chamber. I hope they consider this piece of politely written wrong think worthy of this anti-echo chamber space. Lets see.