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the sexual politics of thanksgiving


this thanksgiving, serve up some sexism and speciesism!

this thanksgiving, serve up some sexism and speciesism!

Honestly, I was hesitant to even include the facebook screenshot with my post because I thought it might encourage someone to actually try this. It should go without saying: Please don’t do this at home! The image is of a cooked turkey with the appearance of human female breasts.

In this image,  the dead body of a once living, sentient turkey has been sexualized. Of course the caption includes something along the lines of, “If everybody at your dinner has a sense of humor…” because only boring, non-humorous folk would find this gross and offensive.  The “humor” in the image hides the violence committed against animals and the objectification of women, since “jokes” like this take away the identities of animals and women,  making them commodities to be consumed.


About The Paw Report

I graduated from St. John's University School of Law in 2012, and am admitted to practice law in New York State. I was a member of the New York City Bar Association's Animal Law Committee for three years. I was born and raised in Rhode Island, but moved to New Mexico when I was 18. After dabbling in film for two years, I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Anthropology. I've been living in New York City since 2008, and currently reside in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats. I am a former organizer with Direct Action Everywhere - New York City.


5 thoughts on “the sexual politics of thanksgiving

  1. Wow. Some how people still amaze me. Even if you eat meat, there is no reason to defile a dead animal.


    Posted by S. Mattern | November 26, 2013, 10:49 am
  2. I completely agree with your thoughts on this, even before reading I saw the image and I was truly disturbed by it!


    Posted by themysticphilosopher | November 26, 2013, 1:10 pm


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