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2003-01-03 20:04:34+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

I've been trying to find a context to link Jim Goad's tenure editing a free sex weekly in Portland. It's a loathesome piece, a guy gets out of jail after two and a half years for domestic violence, but excuses it with: "was more violent than me" and "She was a stripper when I met her". A friend gives him a job editing a free weekly whose support comes from advertising dollars for strip joints. He changes the tone of the paper to mock the strip joints, denigrate the patrons, readership soars, but eventually he gets canned because, go figure, the soaring readership is not the sort of customers the advertisers want.

It's hard to argue against some of his premises, that most porn is stupid, that there's a faked sense of intimacy in strip joints, but his loathing of women oozes through in a way that made me think of that attitude when I read this:

Saudi Arabia is reviewing their ban on cameras in mobile phones.

It bans mobile phones with built-in cameras as they may be used to take pictures of uncovered women and send them to other phones or post them on the Internet.

And, of course, who's taking these pictures?

A teacher caught one of the girls taking shots of others during a class in an all-girl college in Dammam in the Eastern province, the paper reported Thursday.

The official daily, quoting witnesses, said the girl admitted photographing girls with the help of five others and buying the phone in Bahrain.

Sorry, Mr. Goad, I can't condone your attitudes.

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#Comment made: 2003-01-03 21:18:33+00 by: meuon

It's a good read.. Thanks!

#Comment made: 2003-05-24 08:03:10.010037+00 by: muj