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Today in Speciesism: Pretending That Dairy Cows Have Bodily Integrity

An article over at the New York Times has the following headline: “With Farm Robotics, the Cows Decide When It’s Milking Time.” This headline is trying to suggest that dairy cows have bodily autonomy. And yet, the dairy industry is only able to thrive by forcing cows to become pregnant and by taking away their … Continue reading

Video of the Day: Carl’s Jr. Reinforcing Male Meat Eating Culture

This new advertisement from Carl’s JR/Hardee’s reinforces various (and tired) myths of meat eating. In the video, a woman portraying Mystique, the shape-shifter character from X-Men, morphs into a stereotypically attractive white male as she eats a gigantic bacon burger.  The text on the screen reads, “Man Up.” As the male continues to eat the … Continue reading

Today In Speciesism: Real California Milk’s latest ad

This offensive ad gets one thing right: cows are maternal, sentient beings. In the video, that fact is exploited for comedic purposes. But if you know what the dairy industry entails – a life of suffering – you know this video is not funny at all.  Out of all the animals exploited for food, I personally … Continue reading

the sexual politics of thanksgiving

  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 … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Male Meat Culture, as Seen in GQ

I was flipping through the latest issue of GQ magazine this past weekend and came across the Terry Richardson-shot photo spread of Emily Ratajkowski. Emily is most known for prancing nude around the fully-clothed male stars in the music video for Robin Thicke’s rape-culture anthem, Blurred Lines.  And Terry Richardson is most known for being … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: Justin Lookadoo & “Flesh Buffets”

This misogynistic image is taken directly from Justin Lookadoo’s faith-based dating book,  “Dateable: Are You? Are They?” Lookadoo spoke at an optional assembly at Richardson High School recently, upsetting many students and parents who found his talk to be a “rant against women.” Recently, I had to defend the phrase “The Sexual Politics of Meat” … Continue reading

Quote of the Day: Colin Kaepernick: “Vegetables Make You Weak”

Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the 49ers, recently Instagrammed his meal of steak, eggs, and fruit, with the caption: “This is lunch….. I don’t eat vegetables they make you weak!” It doesn’t matter if he actually believes that or if he was trying to be funny: His post perpetuates the ignorant association of vegetables and negativity.

On Father’s Day, Meat is King

A Google search of “Father’s Day steak” reveals plentiful results: Omaha Steak deals, restaurant advertisements, articles revealing grilling tips, and more. A Google search of “Mother’s Day steak” results in nothing. How we serve our foods, and to whom, reflect our larger culture. That on this day, June 16, 2013, we are supposed to honor … Continue reading