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Q&A: Kimberly Jensen

From 1917 to 1923, Oregon women who tested positive for venereal disease were incarcerated. Jensen, a history and gender studies professor, discusses why.


When Margaret Sanger tried to open a birth-control clinic in 1916, she was jailed. When Oregon women tested positive for venereal disease at the same time, they also landed themselves in lockup, even as men went free. Oregon was the first state to intern women who tested positive—many were kept at the Cedars Detention Home in Troutdale—and the state’s policies became a model for the rest of ...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

She's Not Busy, She's Just Not That Into You: Aziz Ansari Explains Modern Dating With 7 Undeniable Truths

In his Modern Romance tour, the standup comedian lays out the rules of romance in the digital age.


He might be best-known as a standup comedian and as an actor on Parks and Recreation, but Aziz Ansari is much more than that: He’s an astute chronicler of this era’s romantic bullshit and the unique challenges of dating in the time of hashtags and push notifications. (   More
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON


Jake Gyllenhaal times two, plus some tarantulas.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Enemy, the latest film from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, begins with a koanlike epigraph: “Chaos is order yet undeciphered.” As self-serious as that line may be, Villeneuve quickly r   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age.

Comedy and Variety
Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra   More

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Broadway baby.

Movie Reviews & Stories
For someone who made her Broadway debut 68 years ago, Elaine Stritch is still quite the firecracker. Dressed in her trademark white collared shirt and black tights—as Tina Fey notes, the long-le   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Restaurant Guide 2013: Beast

Portland Restaurant Guide 2013: Beast

Restaurant Guide
5425 NE 30th Ave., 841-6968, beastpdx.com [THE INSTITUTION] For years, the only way to experience chef Naomi Pomeroy’s remarkable culinary prowess was to throw down $75 and spend    More
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Bridgetown Comedy Festival Announces 2014 Lineup


A list of locals accepted to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival started to leak    More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Pepe Le Moko: Home Of The $16 Midshelf Gin and Tonic

Bar Reviews
For a bar that barely announces its presence—just a plain storefront, the name in cursive on the window—Pepe Le Moko (407 SW 10th Ave., 546-8537, pepelemokopdx.com) arrives with a near-cacophono   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Race Is On

W. Kamau Bell on racism and ninjas.

Comedy and Variety
W. Kamau Bell wants to make you uncomfortable. Bell, one of the sharpest voices on race and politics in today’s comedy scene, has no qualms about calling out people’s assumptions, hypocrisie   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Independent Women (Social Sciences)

Girl, I didn’t know you could get down like that.

My all-time favorite Onion story is one from 2012 headlined “Female Friends Spend Raucous Night Validating the Living Shit Out of Each Other.” I thought back to that article during Independent   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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