December 8, 2012

A Slanted View: Boy Portland vs. Girl Portland

The Journal of Gender and Metropolitan Studies (Vol. 18, No. 2) recently ranked Portland No. 3 in the nation for its relative 'Boyness vs. Girlness.' Verbatim excerpts from the study are below.


Boy: The Hogwash Saloon at Famous Dave’s BBQ

Girl: Soakology Foot Sanctuary and Teahouse

“The Hogwash Saloon revels in automotive memorabilia, good ol’ boy motifs and entrees with names such as ‘Piglet ‘n’ More’ and ‘The Big Pig.’  At Soakology, you can nibble on ‘Chevre & Tapenade’ or a ‘Provence Plate’ – while soaking your feet.”


Boy: Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS)

Girl: Casco Bay High School

“Curiously, these two schools share the same building. At PATHS, one can study Automotive Collison Technology, Masonry, and Blacksmith Basics. At Casco Bay, one learns through ‘expeditions’ and ‘intensives.’ Boy vs. Girl.”


Boy:  Eastern

Girl:  Western

“No explanation required.”


Boy:  Warren Avenue

Girl:  Exchange Street

“Warren Avenue establishments include Battery World, Kennebec Equipment Rental, and Nappi’s Towing.  Exchange Street establishments include Bliss, Cotton Garden, and Zane.  We note that even the computer store on Exchange Street is named Pierre’s.”


Boy:  Cabela’s

Girl:  2 Note Botanical Perfumery

“Cabela’s is technically in Scarborough, but its gun-to-human ratio encouraged our team to vote it easily the most ‘Boy’ store in the region.  As for 2 Note, products such as ‘Legato Spray,’ ‘Delicato Roll On Oil,’ and ‘Prima Face Mist’ make it easily the most ‘Girl’ store we could find.”

John Spritz is a marketing and communications consultant based in Portland,

Illustration by Barbara Neibart,

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