Wednesday, September 24, 2008

a disturbing intersection

Edited because I feel strongly that the words "human milk ice cream" needed to be large and bold and italic. Also? I'm not at all opposed to nursing children having mama's milk recipes. But oh, my gods, the suggestion that lactating moms should sell milk to Ben & Effing Jerry's rather than donating to milk banks for actual human babies? Holy momma that's fucked up.


...between lactivism, feminism, and animal rights. PETA urges Ben & Jerry's (no, I'm fucking serious) to switch to human milk ice cream. Link takes you to Womanist Musings .

I'm so over PETA I feel like I need to personally produce an entire line of activist wear, bumper stickers, and posters declaring "Pro-Animal, Anti-PETA: Fuck those sexist, inflammatory extremist asshats." Does anyone know of any other major animal rights organizations who have a tiny little hint of social compassion and aren't disgustingly opportunist and consistently offensive? I've had it up to my feminist eyeballs with those shitholes being the voice of animal activism. I wanna take 'em down.

Maybe my propoganda will say Pro-Animal, Pro-Women, Anti-PETA.

And, because who doesn't love a lolcat? I made this:

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  1. NO. SHIT.

    I've ALWAYS had a hateon for them, and couldn't always explain it. They've helped me in the last few years.


  2. Wow: hateon = my new favorite term. I remember the "rather go naked ads" seeming edgy and cool to me, as a teen but I have come to be deeply, deeply bothered by their tactics.

  3. "lactating moms should sell milk to Ben & Effing Jerry's rather than donating to milk banks for actual human babies"

    Way to spin, reframe and be inflammatory yourself. Jesus.
    They sent a letter to B&J joking that they ought to use human milk instead of cow's milk and you turn it into an issue about stealing milk from needy babies!?!?! Holy fuck.

    Way to miss the point.

    For your readers, the point of the letter was:
    "Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.

    Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.

    And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around."

  4. Yeah, I'm all for a vegan diet and I support many of the issues PETA works for. But this is just the latest of many PETA actions which I find offensive and divisive. They persistently employ sexist advertising and most of their campaigns are extremist and alienating and their biggest accomplishment, in my estimation, is portraying animal activists as radical and insane.

    I just don't see them generating good press for the issues, and I see numerous examples of them being opportunistic and often downright offensive. I'm not the only feminist to take offense to this letter or to other PETA activities.

    For the record, your above arguments are spot on, and I completely agree. (In the interest of full disclosure, I am a semi-vegetarian and I do look forward to transitioning to a more vegan lifestyle but I'm nowhere close yet.)

    It was too tempting to resist drawing the conclusions I did- it was an odd pairing of issues I write about here sometimes- breastfeeding and animal rights.

  5. So PETA has finally found a new use for women besides having them stand naked in public or be photographed naked for ads? Boy, if women didn't have tits, what would PETA want them for?

  6. @Eden Well put:) Why didn't I come up with that?

  7. Yeah, Eden, PETA wants them to write letters. Gosh, that sure is sexist.

  8. @Elaine

    Actually, I'm guessing Eden's referring to ads like this campaign, or this one, or the dozens of slightly tamer naked women ads, or the KFC blow-up dolls.