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PETA Made Me Do It: The 7 Types Of Sexist PETA Ads That Turned Me To Meat

Remember all of those GoDaddy ads that featured NASCAR driver Danica Patrick fake-stripping? PETA had no problem with those. Those were fine. But once GoDaddy created an ad that featured a woman selling a puppy on a GoDaddy-hosted site, A LINE WAS CROSSED. Of course, PETA’s rationale for their objection was as thin as their objection to most of the ads they speak out against — they argued that the ad featured a puppy mill, but as far as I can tell, it was just a barn.

So yeah, my issue with the whole situation is that Super Bowl ads that objectify women are just fine to PETA, but god help if an animal is even cast in an advertisement. I know it’s not PETA’s job to fight for women’s rights, but you’d think that an organization whose central belief is ostensibly that all life is equally valuable would posit women and men as equally valuable, too. (Which is laughable anyway; they not only believe in kill shelters, they run one of the largest kill shelters in the country and kill animals they can’t place faster than other kill shelters.) But they don’t, and they have a long history of selling women as only sexually valuable and normalizing violence toward women in their ads. Keep reading »

Of Course Cory Booker Is Going Vegan

Of course American Superhero Cory Booker is going vegan for the holidays. Cory Booker is out to save every life — human or otherwise — on the planet. I’m pretty sure that if you get a paper cut, all you have to do is tweet at Cory Booker and he’ll come out to put a Band-Aid on it for you. So the question isn’t, “Why is Cory Booker going vegan?” The question is, “Oh, Cory Booker wasn’t vegan already?”

I kid a little, but seriously, consider what he has to say about it, per The Daily Beast: Keep reading »

I Get Where ‘The Blonde Vegan’ Blogger Is Coming From, Because I Had Disordered Eating Gussied Up As Being “Vegetarian,” Too

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The Soapbox: Why I Won't Stop Eating Meat
Why this woman is never going to stop eating meat. Read More »

Last month, a blogger named Jordan Younger announced in a blog post that she had eaten some fish. This wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except the blog was called The Blonde Vegan and Younger’s post was titled “Why I’m Transitioning Away From Veganism.

Younger used to be a vegan for both health and ethical reasons. As she explained in her post, she felt “nourished and fueled” by her plant-based diet and she was satisfied in her commitment to being cruelty-free. (She also, it should be noted, called herself “addicted to juice cleanses.”)

For awhile, her healthful living seemed to be going well. But then, all of a sudden, her body changed. Younger explained that she no longer felt filled up after she ate, and began to have stomach aches and “wild and ravenous sugar cravings.” She also felt like she could no longer focus. Yet, she writes, “I spent the next several months ignoring my body’s internal cues. … [M]y body didn’t feel GOOD & I wasn’t listening to it.” Keep reading »

The Soapbox: Why I’m Not Going To Stop Eating Meat

The Soapbox: Why I Won't Stop Eating Meat

When I was 13, my 7th grade science class was assigned to dissect a fetal pig.  This made me massively uncomfortable. My teacher told us that we could opt out of doing the dissection and use approved online resources for the project instead if we wrote a convincing essay as to why we didn’t want to do it. I wrote about the fact that human fetuses are used for scientific research, but only with the parents’ consent, and you couldn’t obtain consent from a pig; and besides, we weren’t talking about important scientific research, we were talking about a classroom of seventh-graders (read: little barbarians) who had other resources with which to learn the lesson.

I was able to do the online project. The next philosophical step, in my thirteen-year-old mind, was to say that if I was going to give an animal the same dignity as a human being in this respect, I had to apply it in terms of my food, too. So I stopped eating meat on the basis that I didn’t want anything to die in order for me to live.

That lasted seven years.

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Quinoarmageddon: Shailene Woodley & Alicia Silverstone Face Off In The Battle For The Biggest Hippie Starlet

Quinoarmageddon: Shailene Woodley & Alicia Silverstone Face Off In The Battle For The Biggest Hippie Starlet

We adore Shailene Woodley and are fascinated with her, um, unconventional ideas about not owning a cell phone and foraging for berries to eat. Girlfriend is very into growing her own organic foods and forgoing products with chemicals. “It’s an entire lifestyle,” Woodley has said. “It’s appealing to my soul.”

But we forgot about another Hollywood actress who has been in this hippie woo-woo game a lot longer: Alicia Silverstone!  How could we have forgotten she thinks babies should go diaper-free? Or how she chews up her food and spits it in son’s mouth (“kiss-feeding”)? Alicia has long been promoting the benefits of her vegan/“kind” lifestyle, which she wrote a diet/beauty book about in 2009. Now, Alicia is the author of a new book called The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide To Supercharged Fertility, A Radiant Pregnancy, A Sweeter Birth, And A Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning.

The Daily Beast got their hands on a copy and plowed through Alicia’s tips on sex, “chichi” (that’s your vagina) care, and maintaining your “baby house.” It’s high time (no pun intended) these two face off in the battle for the ultimate hippie starlet … and we shall call it Quinoarmageddon:

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Beyonce Is Just Trolling Vegans Now

Beyonce Is Just Trolling Vegans Now

Here’s my theory: this whole “going vegan for 22 days” thing was allllllll Jay Z’s idea and he swindled Beyonce into participating. But Bey is starting to miss meat and cheese and dairy and all of its associated deliciousness, and a quiet rage at both Jay and the vegan lifestyle has started to brew inside her. So every time she steps out to a vegan restaurant for the rest of this miserable experiment, Bey is gonna wear her love of animal flesh on her person, goddammit. Yesterday, Bey wore head-to-toe pepperoni pizza print to go out for a vegan lunch. And today she’s taken it up a notch, wearing leather pants and a cow hide sweatshirt to Crossroads Cafe in West Hollywood, a popular, yes, vegan joint. Former Frisky editor, forever friend and vegan Julie Gerstein called it Beyonce’s “silent protest.”

There are still many, many days until this vegan challenge is over. I wonder when Bey will call up Lady Gaga and ask to borrow her meat dress? [Photos: Pacific Coast News]

UM, UPDATE: And another example I missed! On Thursday, Jay and Bey went out for vegan lunch and Beyonce wore FOX FUR. God, I can only imagine PETA’s collective brain is exploding over what to do because on one hand, I’m sure they would love to use Jayonce going vegan as good publicity, but on the other hand, Bey having absolutely zero fucks to give about wearing animals pelts in a vegan restaurant kinds musses up the message. Anyhoo, Jay said that he and Beyonce are doing this vegan challenge for “spiritual reasons,” which I guess we now know has absolutely nothing to do with saving animals.

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