In Portland, club patrons "make it rain" with veggies; Via Alicia J. When it comes to self-imposed eccentricity, the city of Portland, Oregon has no equal. It is a place where a human can, in the course of 24 hours, visit a museum of velvet paintings, join in on a World Naked Bike Ride, be serenaded by a unicycling bagpipe player, and get legally married at a doughnut shop. Casa Diablo is but one of a cornucopia of strip clubs that proliferate Portland. This has caused quite the debate. Neither side, as far as we can tell, has presented any quantifiable measurement to defend its stance.
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At first glance, Matilda Bickers and Elle Stanger seem to have much in common. Both women have danced at Portland strip clubs. Both wrote for local sex industry publications: Bickers for her zine Working It , Stanger for Exotic. Four years ago, the two women appeared on a bigger stage: in front of the Oregon Legislature, where they debated efforts to expand workplace protections for Oregon strippers. They don't agree on much.
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After a decade of working as a stripper, Brandi Campbell had finally had enough of being groped by customers and management alike. Yet she alleges that customers at Hustler frequently grabbed her and slapped her butt. The manager even hounded her to go on dates with him even though she never picked up his calls. She decided to take action and sue the club.
Here in Oregon, we like smart growth. We also believe in the right to free expression, even when it takes the form of women dancing naked. Those values don't always mesh neatly. Which is why every few legislative sessions, Oregon lawmakers, sheriffs, planners, mayors and outraged neighbors try to sidestep free speech and allow cities and counties to regulate where adult entertainment establishments can go.