Saturday, October 3, 2015

Laci Green, The Obese is NOT a Protected Class

Sadly I have to make this blog post yet again finding myself at odds with a good friend Laci Green host of a online MTV program called Braless.   Although the show claims to be about Pop Culture just about every video entry is about Feminisim and regurgitation of long ago disputed claims.  While I am so happy for Laci on her YouTube success and branching out to include things such as MTV and the lecture circuit, I am dismayed at her willingness to repeat claims that have long been disputed.  Today's entry is no different it is about weight and should it be legal to discriminate.

Let's clarify a few things, despite Laci's claim that this was NOT hooters the waitresses are known as Borgata Babes and a quick Google search disputes that claim.  Essentially to be a Borgata Babe you have to be a 9 or a 10.  They even put out a yearly calendar featuring their waitresses.

From The Examaner:  Borgata Babes calendar launch party

Borgata Babes credit Brian Branch-Price

Now upon further investigation into the story, the weight policy was put in effect after the women were hired. The poliicy was put into place in 2005 and the policy was if you gained more than 7 percent from the time you were hired you were suspended and put into a mandated weight loss program.  In 2009 it was revised again to allow the waitstaff to keep working while they got their weight under control.  In addition to the weight policy each employee male and female had to adhere to personal grooming standards and appear clean, happy, and comfortable.  Needless to say I wouldn't even make it in the door.  

Although the policy was put into place after the 22 waitresses were hired, all signed the agreement.  No doubt they signed it as they did not want to get let go.  However, the Borgata casino hires young attractive women as their servers.  They are a casino, pretty girls get bigger tips.  Mythbusters even confirmed that bigger boobs get better tips.  

You can call it sexist all you want but the Borgata casino knows that a distracted gambler is a poor gambler and the attractive women not only get good tips for themselves but also earn a lot of money for the Casino. Do women gamble?  Sure.  And any smart casino will provide them with eye candy as well, if not then that is their decision.  You don't see too many men working at Hooters and try as they might, nobody has made a commercial success out of Wangers.  Sure there is Chippendales, but they are not a restaurant and they are far out numbered by the nudie bars.

The one thing I do fault the casino on is it's alleged advice to women not to take medication that has weight gain as a side effect.  However such side effects can be negated by talking to their doctor.

Judge Nelson Johnson got it spot on when he ruled, 

“The Borgata Babe program has a sufficient level of trapping and adornments to render its participants akin to ‘sex objects’ to the Borgata’s patrons. Nevertheless, for the individual labeled a babe to become a sex object requires that person’s participation.” Johnson wrote. “Plaintiffs cannot shed the label babe; they embraced it when they went to work for the Borgata.”

 So let's get into the other claims Laci Green made in her video.

At 1:13 she said 90% of female waitresses were sexually harassed by customers.  That's right CUSTOMERS.  You can find the source of this statistic HERE but with funding from the Ms Foundation and support from organizations such as Hollaback (That ridiculous street harassment video) and National Organization for Women you know you are in for some unbiassed reporting.  LOL

The research paper primarily blames the tipping system for women facing discrimination and I have to agree. I don't like tipping, working at fast food is twice as hard as carrying a few plates to a table, so why I am I expected to contribute to the worker's salary for carrying food essentially 10 or 20 feet?  Charge me for the meal and price it accordingly so your workers can make a decent living.  When the minimum wage goes up so does the cost of a hamburger.  Several years ago Burger King charged 99 cents for a whopper, now it is almost $3.00.  The minimum wage went up as did the cost of fuel so their costs were passed along to the consumer.  They are doing just fine.  Get rid of tipping, problem solved.

The report also cites managers suggesting that women dress sexier, again see the Mythbusters video embedded above, this is in the waitresses best interest.  Flirt with the customer, get bigger tips.  The report cites things as asking a waitress out on a date as harassment.  I am not making this up.

Finally why do women report harassment more than men?  Because men suck it up.  Is there harassment from horny customers?  Do co-workers and managers make inappropriate comments?  Yes and yes. However, men are taught from an early age not to snitch, and to suck it up and show no emotion.  Is it a double standard?  Of course, but this is life, and life is cruel.  Make the best of it.  If you don't want to work in a job where you depend on tips from horny harassers, then make something of yourself and get a better job.  A waitress position is not meant to be a career.  It is entry level, learn how to cook or how to be a manager, or find another field of work.

At 1:22 of the video Laci contradicts herself.  She states that "beauty standards" were only applied to women, but says that male workers at the Borgata had to sign a personal appearance standard agreement. The Borgata Babes was and is an exclusively female job however upon further research it appears men worked as Babes.  0_o  Sorry but my common sense buzzer is going off.  I find it hard to believe a man worked as a Borgata Babe, more than likely they worked as part of the waitstaff, perhaps as eye candy for female gamblers.  Of course these "beauty standards were only applied to women aka the Borgata Babes

Men worked other jobs but had to maintain a clean appearance.  Obviously I would not make the cut.  She says there is no record of men being disciplined for violating this rule.  Perhaps the men just kept themselves neat and clean and there was no need.  Or perhaps no such reports made the news.

Here is a dirty little secret.  Men often have to alter their appearance and maintain physical fitness for their job.  Military comes to mind.  Young men have their heads and beards shaved off while the women simply get a haircut above the shoulders.  Men must maintain much less body fat compared to women.  The Army for example Men age 17-20 must have 20% or lower body fat while females only have to get under 30% for the same age range.  Most food service workers are prohibited against having beards and this is pretty much aimed at men.  Bearded ladies can work at the carnival or on Spaceball-1

I'm the Bearded Lady!  Who are you?  One of the freaks?

At 1:49 Laci asks shouldn't weight be a protected class like disability rights?  She says this after mentioning that weight gain is a side effect of some medications.  You can't help being disabled, you can't help being born a certain race, you don't chose your sexual orientation.  Being overweight is a lifestyle decision.  If a medication is causing weightloss, then these people should speak to their doctor.  There are tons of medications out there.  The fact that these women gained the weight, got fired, and sued does not make them a protected class.  Their medication had adverse side affects and they chose not to speak to their doctor. They work in a job where being pretty and thin is in the job description.  If you are no longer pretty and thin, then you don't get to keep working there.  The customers of the Borgata expect the Borgata Babes these women could no longer do the job they were hired to do, simple as that.

1:59 Laci says that male bodies are less scrutinized than female bodies.  This is true.  This is true for the Borgata Babes where it is their job to look pretty and thin and it is true for society as a whole.  Just as a man's worth is based on his income or what kind of car he drives.  Rich guys always get the 9 and 10s and poor schlubs get the left overs.  If you want to attract a better class of female, take steps to improve yourself financially.  This can take years of schooling or job training.  Women, need only to eat right and exercise. Yes the standards are different for each sex.  It is simple biology.  Men like pretty women and women like men who earn a decent living.  

2:19 one in four women experience sexual harassment at work?  Really?  I've worked in jobs that had female employees, perhaps I am just working at the wrong places.  The source for this claim which you can read HERE also says one in four men fear being falsely accused of sexual harassment.  Also noted in the report sexual harassment (at least the reporting of it) is down significantly over the past several years.  So this is good news.  We live in such as hyper-sexualized culture where men are afraid to even speak to a woman out of fear of being reported.  The solution of course is for men to find work that women simply won't do. The skilled trades for example or pretty much any job that is labor intensive, outdoors, and high risk are filled almost exclusively by men.  This is where men can be men without fear of being reprimanded.  

2:29 Laci says that large women earn less 19,000 less than average size women and that the thin earn even more.  So problem solved.  Nobody is forcing these women to be fat, they just need to have self control and their income will go up.  People need to stop complaining and wanting the world to solve their problems and simply pull up their bootstraps and do the hard work.  Hard work gets results and rewards.

2:49 women are 16 times more likely to report weight discrimination.  Again, men don't report they just suck it up.  Again the problem is simple, take the fork out of your mouth and go for a walk.   Being fat is a CHOICE not a disability that needs protection.  Fat people are a burden to society and to their employer as they need more medical care than the healthy employees.  If you are being discriminated for being overweight nobody is to blame except yourself.  

Finally, the judge made the right call.  The Borgata Babes were employed to look thin and pretty, if they no longer look thin and pretty they need to find work elsewhere.  Being overweight is not a disability.

For more blog posts responding to LaciGreen check these links out below

Response to her video on beer advertising

My response to her video on being a feminist

about her views on shaming teen pregnancy

and a blog post post defending LaciGreen against unfair criticism

and a blog of encouragement to LaciGreen about the time she took down her GoGreen18 videos

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Why I stand with Kim Davis

For those who don't know Kim Davis is the county clerk from Kentucky that refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.  In addition she and her office has not issued any marriage licenses (even to strait couples) since the summer when the Supreme Court declared gay marriage to be the law of the land, overturning many states laws.

While recent elections have shown the tide to be turning in the view of gay marriage, the US constitution does not even address marriage, yet many state constitutions do.  In the 90's in fear of the Supreme Court one day declaring this new law the Republican led congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act and was signed into law by President Clinton.  In a case of pure irony in 2013 the Supreme Court ruled this law (the very law designed to stop the Supreme Court) unconstitutional.  President Clinton himself later expressed regret for signing that bill into law and lobbied for it's repeal.

When the Supreme Court "found" a new right in the constitution the reaction was very similar to when they "found" the right to privacy and legalized abortion.  The American people never got the vote and those who did get to vote on gay marriage had all their voted neutralized, along with every law passed by state legislatures.  The courts is where liberal ideas are born as they can not survive a public vote in most cases.

The Catholic Church considers marriage to be one of it's seven sacraments.  Many other churches consider marriage to be holy.  Although I support the right of gays to marry whomever they chose I also respect the right of freedom of religion, even if that religion is bigoted.

Christians love to point to Leviticus when discussing gay marriage but tend to gloss over the Bible's very clear instruction that gays, disobedient children, and anyone who believes a different religion deserves to die. Yet it is their right to pick and chose I guess.

Here in America we have the freedom of religion, we can believe in anything we want.  If I want to build a church that believes everyone who doesn't eat their Wheaties to be an abomination and we hold the last supper at the end of the month when my parishoners run out of food stamps that is our business.  If I want to preach that homosexuality is a sin that is my right, it is only when I carry out the orders of the Bible and start stoning people that my religious freedom infringes on the rights of others.

With recent court cases involving bakeries being sued for not making wedding cakes for gay couples.  So much for the right to refuse service to anyone, now businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone except gays.  I one day expect to see a sign that says, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone unless they are female, transgender, disabled, homosexual, or basically anyone other than a straight white man."  Mark my words that day is coming soon.

Kim Davis is a Democrat and has worked in the clerks office  for 27 years before being elected to her current office last November, in the last election she ran unopposed.  I strongly doubt the Republicans will put up a candidate to run her out of office as the GOP tends to be against gay marriage, and the only way the Democrats can unseat her is to challenge her in the primary, which really is not going to be a priority for them as they want control over washington, not some hick town in Kentucky.

She can't be fired because she is an elected official, the next election is the only way to out her and given her popularity in her county I don't see that happening.  I predict she might even use this to seek higher office.

Now here are some facts to remember.  Her main issue was she did not want marriage licenses for gay couples to bear her name.  That is fine I can respect that, what I do disagree with is her refusal to allow the deputy clerks who work under her to issue the licenses.  The licenses would not bear her name but rather the name of the clerk who filed the paperwork.

Kim Davis appears to be part of a Apostolic church and a very conservative one it appears (based on her conservative style of dress)  She of course has been married 4 times but her current husband is also her first.  She did have two twin boys outside of marriage but all that happened before she was a Christian as was her 3 divorces.  She has only been a Christian for four years.  Her apostolic faith would be against a divorced person from being married.  Still I doubt if she is checking strait couples to see if either was previously married.As best I can tell, this is the website of her church.

Like I said, we have freedom of religion, even the right to believe and practice bigotry.  Fortunately, we now live in the internet age and Thunderf00t said it best, the internet is where religions come to die.  People have the right to pick and chose which parts of their holy book they want to live by.  Bakeries also have the right to refuse service to anyone, or at least they should.

I predict that if a religious exemption is not made for Kim Davis, the church's will be targeted next.  As non-profit corporations they are ripe for the picking if they refuse to rent their halls for a gay wedding, just you wait this will happen.  Kim Davis is not refusing to do her job or uphold the oath of office she took when she was elected, the law changed, her job changed.  Now she is being forced to do something she feels that her god will judge her for later.  FYI the people who were originally denied licenses simply got them from another court.  Seems reasonable.  My grandfather had to do the same thing when the clerk refused to isssue him a license.  He just drove 10 miles.

Kim Davis does not belong in jail, that is not a headline we need.  While I disagree with her beliefs I support her right to live by them.  The rules of her job changed without her input or consent months after she took the job.  I will be surprised if she runs for re-election for clerk, I see her using this to seek higher office.  However, if she does seek relection I don't see much hope for whomever tries to run against her.  She has become a hometown folk hero.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Shaming: It can be a good thing.

Ever look at those PSAs on TV or on the radio about texting while driving, what about all the messages we see about drunk driving, or doing drugs.  Why are those things not called out for what they clearly are? Those messages are shaming.  I was driving down the road and I saw a sign saying how many deaths there was on the highway, followed by a warning against driving drunk.  That is drunk shaming.

Most people in my family were drunks.  They had to endure the scorn of society as laws were passed outlawing their lifestyle.  Their ability to travel was hindered as the law said they must be sober, for some on my family this kept them homebound.  They had trouble finding work as they faced discrimination as drunks were considered to unreliable to employ.  They couldn't even walk down the street as this was considered public intoxication.  Why don't we call this drunk shaming?  Because to do so would be stupid.  The same should be equally true of fat shaming.

Monday, August 17, 2015

So what happened to Trena?

About a month ago I met this wonderful lady named Trena. At the time she was one of 3 ladies I was dating and she was probably seeing me and at least one other person. Trena by far was the best and I think very soon our relationship could escalate to being exclusive. As a weird twist both times we went out Laundry was the focal point.

I decided it was time to introduce her to YouTube. We recorded a video together and it was mostly just us laughing. She really was a catch. Sadly it appears she has changed her mind. She stopped answering the phone and did not return phone calls. Perhaps she found someone better, perhaps I did something that upset her on our last phone call. Anyway, my last communication was a text message wishing her well. That was sent 5 days ago, there has been no response. It is a shame, I really did enjoy being with her.

I think I am going to take a break from dating for a while, focus more on self-improvement. I am not giving up on women, far from it, I just need time to regroup and recharge. Enjoy the blogs that I have written.

Mustang Ranch Brothel Review

The Mustang Ranch is one of the largest brothels in Nevada and in my opinion the best when it comes to price and variety of ladies.  I can not post the videos I found on YouTube here because in my opinion they are out of date.  The place doesn't look like it does in the video.  It is not drastically different but there are differences.  Still I will include their website.

Wild West Saloon Brothel Review.

This brothel has changed names more times than Puff Daddy and Prince combined.  It still has the old website PussyCat Ranch and there is plenty of parking.  Centrally located in Winnamucca Nevada about 3 hours east of Reno on Interstate 80.  Once parked you want to go for the building on the left.  Lineups are required but if you insist on not having one they won't force you.  The problem with line ups is you are selecting someone solely on looks rather than personality.  Instead I sat down and a few of the ladies had a chat with me.  

For a building as small as this one they had quite a few ladies working.  The ones I spoke to were very flexible on the budgets.  They have a separate room for discussing pricing.  It is obvious that the room was bugged with a microphone.  There was also plenty of light to visually inspect the man for signs of STDs.  I welcomed the light and in my opinion the microphone was to ensure that after I paid up front I would be given the service I was promised.  There was also a kitchen in case you were hungry. 

Calico Club Brothel Review

The Calico Club is probably the smallest brothel in Nevada, it's prices are very reasonable for a Nevada Brothel.  Located in Battle Mountain Nevada on Interstate 80 pretty much halfway through the state.  The place operates in a refurbished house.  The back yard has been turned into a dirt lot for parking.  Sadly I can't really go into much detail here other than to answer some questions.  When I was there only one lady was working and we were not a match so I don't know what the rooms look like other than the bar.

Don't rely on their phone for directions use Google Maps  The person who answered the phone had no idea where the brothel was located.  Although normally I would assume money talks would take place in the bedroom, the lady had no problem talking money in the bar.  Still we were not a match so nothing happened.

Budgetwise I would recommend this place but due to a lack of options I don't know if I can endorse it.