If, like me, you love yourself, then you thoroughly enjoy eating meat. Steak. Bacon. Brisket. Maybe a nice pork butt cooked low and slow over a maple/oak blend, with just the right rub, spritzing it with apple juice and bourbon so that the bark sets just right…
Hungry? Off to the nearest BBQ joint? Congratulations! You are anti-feminist. You support the patriarchy. Meat isn’t just murder. It’s sexist too. At least according to professor Anne DeLessio-Parson, who just wrote that “hegemonic masculinity implies an imperative to eat meat” and “being vegetarian itself is a political act.” And all this time I thought being vegetarian was just some smug douchey act. But I’ve also been out of college for a while. Eating lots and lots of meat.
From those meddling kids at Campus Reform:
“Women, one of the ways they push back against patriarchy, they say, ‘This is my body. You don’t get to tell me what comes in and out,’” she told Campus Reform, explaining that vegetarianism is a way women can assert their agency and autonomy.
She also noticed characteristics unique to male vegetarians, asserting that although many men in Argentina “still have these very hegemonic masculinity traits,” male vegetarians “seem more egalitarian and respectful” and “more open about talking about how sexism exists.”
DeLessio-Parson concludes that vegetarianism can help “destabilize not just gender, but also other hierarchies, and drive social change.
It never fails. If there’s something Americans love, there is a leftist somewhere who wants to ruin it (see White House Asks That You Ruin Your Family BBQ with ObamaCare). Not that hating meat eaters is new. Animal rights activists can sometimes make even radical feminists seem slightly less unhinged, but now the two have joined forces to create an unsightly, anti-meat monster.
Don’t be a soy boy.