“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me, but they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim, they all want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they even want to control the decisions we make about our own health and our own bodies. Yes, it is hard to believe. But even here at home, we have to stand up for women’s rights and reject efforts to marginalize any one of us because America needs to set an example for the entire world.”—
Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton
Great speech by Hilary Clinton. We also need to keep in mind that while we are calling for America to “set an example” this must not, and can not translate into “Americans telling women in other countries how to fight for their own rights” and keep this as a focus on analyzing what is going on in America, and even how America exports damaging and exotifying images & beliefs about other women all over the world. We can set an example by handling our business in house while still aknowledging our complicity in the subjagation of the “exotic other” overseas that we do on a daily basis.
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I have one major frustration with being vegan. I don’t mind not eating cheese. I don’t mind looking at labels in the grocery store. I don’t mind shopping for faux leather boots. It is all worth it to me.
My one frustration is people who ask me, in a condescending manner, “What is the point in…
HEY, VEGANS – You care so much about animal rights, but what about the immigrants who pick your food?
That's a good point. Unfortunately, there are abuses in many areas of the food industry. As a vegan, I try to minimize the amount of cruelty I'm supporting as much as possible. Animal products are inherently cruel, whereas produce is only circumstantially cruel. Consuming plants directly reduces the amount of resources used as well as unfair labor practices supported, since crops are also cultivated to feed farmed animals, and there are human abuses within factory farms, slaughterhouses, and tanneries in addition to the required violence against nonhuman animals. It's also good to eat seasonally and support local growers when available. Food justice is very important and definitely has a place within the animal rights movement, and more vegans should become aware of that.
BLAH BLAH, if you REALLY CARED, you'd care more about HUMAN BEINGS and eat a cheeseburger. HYPOCRITE.
But what about the immigrants working in the factory farms and slaughterho–
If you want to eat out all the time, sure, it can be expensive. And if protein means pre-prepared meat substitute to you, then, yeah, it could get pricy. But the essentials are not expensive–beans, rice, bread, veggies, fruit, flour and other things necessary for cooking– are quite affordable, if…
I find it weird how many people think you can take veganism out of animal rights.
Without veganism, animal rights is just animal welfare: the belief that animals are ours to use so long as we don’t commit excessive amounts of cruelty towards them. Minor amounts of cruelty are ‘okay’ to the…
So there is a whole lot of talking about racism, particularly women of colour (WOC), on my dash right now. I’ve also noticed a lot of people messaging various blogs I follow complaining about how they too face racism because they’re white, or other things of that sort, to which the blog owner…
If you like the term, if you’ve been cheated on by someone who is bisexual (news flash: they would have cheated on you either way), if you think it’s “not real,” if you think they’re “sluts” (first off, go sluts! second, stop policing other people’s bodies and decisions), how you identify.