Consuming Women, No. 6: blender? He hardly knew her!*

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Trigger warning for violent imagery, some of which involves female nudity, under the jump.**

A subsidiary of the department store Beymen, blender bills itself as a “concept store.” (Caution: meat-loving hipsters ahead!) The “concept” (scare quotes because the whole concept of a concept store is way too fucking pretentious for this thrift store shopper to stand), as you may have already surmised, involves the pairing of fashion with misogyny, the conflation of sex and violence, and the linkage of women and nonhuman animals: consumable objects, unite!

With several locations in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, blender doesn’t just sell clothing and assorted shiny baubles; oh no! Nor are body dysmorphia and low self-esteem its only wares. Ever the hipster-catering douchebags, each blender store is also home to a butcher shop! Because nothing accents a $500 white angora scarf quite like ghastly blood smear stain. (No, really!)

Curiously, blender attempts to sell its audience on this concept by treating at least half of them like pieces of meat, too!

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Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 2

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

lol jayne - speciesism 101, pot 1

Kelly Garbato (that’s me!) @ Animal Rights at Change.org: Intersectionality 101: Sexism, Racism, Speciesism, and More and Intersectionality and Animal Advocacy

Stephanie at Change.org kindly invited me to guest post at the Animal Rights blog; Intersectionality 101 and Intersectionality and Animal Advocacy are my first contributions. This is a two-part post in which I introduce the concept of intersectionality, explain how intersectionality can help us better understand (and dismantle) our exploitation of animals, and argue for the inclusion of other anti-“ism” activism in the animal advocacy movement. Please stop by and share your thoughts!

Also worth checking out: the new(ly visible) “oppression connections” post category on Animal Rights.

Briar Levit @ Bitch Blogs: Nicole Georges pays tribute to the Queer Animal Kingdom

Last week, I noted how media such as Green Porno, by celebrating non-human animals in all their sexual diversity, has the potential to liberate and uplift animals of all species.

In this vein, Briar Levit introduces us to Nicole Georges, “a zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist” (and also a contributor to Bitch magazine), whose latest project is “an exploration of the Queer Animal Kingdom” – as explained in this documentary:

Nicole Georges 5/1/09 from cat on Vimeo.

As far as feminist media goes, Bitch seems to be the most animal-friendly magazine out there (with a very vocal – albeit minority – vegan/vegetarian readership!), so if you’re so inclined, you can check ’em out here.

Igualdad Animal / Animal Equality: Press release about ‘The Running of the Nudes’ and PETA

Igualdad Animal (Animal Equality) describes itself as “an international non-profit organisation dedicating to gaining equal consideration and respect for animals. Founded in Madrid (Spain) in January 2006 by Sharon Nunez, Javier Moreno and Jose Valle, it is currently active in Spain, Peru, Venezuela and Colombia.”

In this press release, Igualdad Animal offers its thoughts on PETA’s upcoming annual anti-bullfighting demonstration, “The Running of the Nudes.” Not surprisingly, the group is unimpressed, both with PETA’s animal welfare efforts, as well as their poor record vis-à-vis marginalized groups of humans, including women.

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Sarah Palin: Christian, Mother, Killer

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Governor Palin is an active promoter of Alaska’s aerial hunting program whereby wolves and bears are shot from the air or chased by airplanes to the point of exhaustion before the pilot lands the plane and a gunner shoots the animals point blank.

* Palin offered a $150 bounty for wolves to entice hunters to kill more wolves in certain parts of the state, with hunters having to present a wolf’s foreleg to collect the bounty.

* She actively opposed a ballot measure campaign seeking to end the aerial hunting of wolves by private hunters and approved a $400,000 state-funded campaign aimed at swaying people’s votes on the issue.

* She also introduced legislation to make it easier to kill wolves and bears and which would have also removed the aerial hunting initiative from the ballot and block the ability of citizens to vote on the issue.

* The Board of Game, which she appoints, has approved the killing of black bear sows with cubs as part of the program and expanded the aerial control programs.

* The media is currently looking into reports that state officials implementing one of the aerial wolf killing programs illegally killed five-week old wolf pups just outside their dens.

Video and talking points via Defenders of Wildlife, who has more.

Kinship Circle: ACT/ Stop Bear Poaching In The U.S.

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Photo via tomspixels

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Kinship Circle: ACT/ The Saddest Dance – India’s Battered Bears

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

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Subject: ACT/ The Saddest Dance – India’s Battered Bears

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11/30/07: The Saddest Dance – India’s Battered Sloth Bears
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PHOTO: http://www.iar.org.uk/india/dancing-bears.shtml

It has been illegal to own or ‘dance’ a bear in India since 1972. However, illegal trade continues with more than 100 cubs illegally captured from the wild each year and sold.

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IDA Writing Alert: Help protect bears

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Sep 27, 2007 3:05 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Help protect bears

The Boulder Daily Camera published an opinion piece on IDA’s push to require Boulder residents to “bear proof” garbage receptacles after the killing of a bear in Boulder who violated the state’s “two-strikes” policy. The state policy mandates that any bear who has been relocated outside of the city once is killed if he returns. Many Colorado cities have ordinances in place requiring residents and businesses to bear proof garbage receptacles. Please write a letter to the editor of the Daily Camera: openforum [at] dailycamera.com.

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Caring for bears
Protecting wildlife worth a little money and inconvenience

Clay Evans, guest editor
Thursday, September 27, 2007

What would you be willing to sacrifice to help prevent the tragic sacrifice of “nuisance” black bears who wander into human-inhabited areas of Boulder County? A little money? Some convenience?

Wildlife advocates from groups as diverse as Sinapu, the Sierra Club and In Defense of Animals are hoping we’ll at least consider a little of both. Following the latest killing of a roaming bear on Sept. 14 in eastern Boulder, they’ve asked the city to enact a law to punish citizens who leave unsecured, bear-attracting garbage cans at the curb.

It’s far too late to pass an ordinance this year, as bears soon will be heading back into the high country for a long winter’s nap. But now is exactly the right time for the city – and Boulder County, for that matter – to start the process of putting put some legal teeth into now-voluntary suggestions that people don’t lure bears into danger with trash, bird feeders and fallen fruit.

You can hardly blame bears for heading to where the living is (relatively) easy, particularly in a dry year when food is scarce. Unfortunately, under the state’s “two strikes” rules, bears caught more than once in town typically are shot and killed.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Bears Killed In Religious Rite

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

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Hokkaido retracts ban on Ainu people’s traditional ceremony
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5/2/07: SAPPORO — The Hokkaido Prefectural Government has retracted a ban on the Ainu indigenous people’s traditional ceremony “Iyomante,” which the governor placed in a 1955 directive, officials said… Source: Mainichi Shimbun

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IDA Writing Alert: Today’s Virginia-Pilot – 2 stories on Va. bears

Thursday, December 7th, 2006

Previous alerts can be found here and here.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Dec 7, 2006 2:33 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Today’s Virginia-Pilot – 2 stories on Va. bears

Today’s Virginian-Pilot published TWO stories about the controversial black bear hunt that took place last weekend in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Please write a letter to the editor decrying the decision to hunt black bears in a wildlife refuge. Send letter to letters [at] pilotonline.com.

Read “Bears make sport of Dismal hunters” online here.

Read “Officials, activists clash over fruitless bear hunt” online here.

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IDA Writing Alert: They’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

See also: IDA Writing Alert: Activists decry black bear hunt in Chesapeake, 11/25/06.

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From: In Defense of Animals – takeaction [at] idausa.org
Date: Nov 28, 2006 6:45 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: They’re Going On A Bear Hunt

Port Folio Weekly published a story about a black bear hunt that is set for THIS WEEKEND, December 1 and 2. One hundred hunters will “win” a lottery to hunt black bears in a wildlife refuge in Norfolk, Virginia. Only after 20 black bears are reported dead will an order be made to stop hunting.

Please send a letter to the Port Folio Weekly, thanking them for the article and urging readers for their support in protecting Virginia’s black bears.

As we are fighting a tight deadline, please send letters, as soon as possible, to Port Folio Weekly via tom.robotham [at] portfolioweekly.com.

You can read “They’re Going On A Bear Hunt” online by clicking here.

They’re Going On A Bear Hunt

By Micah Maidenberg
Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006

For the first time since its creation in 1974, the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge will allow hunters to track and kill Ursus americanus — the American black bear. The hunt, scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2, stipulates that a maximum of 20 bears can be taken from two sections of the refuge.

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IDA Writing Alert: Activists decry black bear hunt in Chesapeake

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

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Date: Nov 25, 2006 9:23 AM
Subject: Writing Alert: Activists decry black bear hunt in Chesapeake

The Virginian-Pilot published an article on IDA and AWI’s protest of an upcoming black bear hunt in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia. Please write a letter to the editor of the Pilot urging officials to cancel the hunt. Send letters to letters [at] pilotonline.com.

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WWF: Stop massive brown bear hunt in Slovenia

Wednesday, November 1st, 2006

Via the World Wildlife Fund:

Stop massive brown bear hunt in Slovenia

One of the first European countries to protect the brown bear, Slovenia, now threatens to start one of the biggest hunts of all time and decimate its bear population through an unscientific and unsustainable kill.

Action is urgently needed as the hunting season will reach its peak in only a few weeks time. So please click here take action now.

Before Slovenia joined the European Union (EU) around 50 bears were killed each year by hunters. But in 2002, the government drastically increased the quota to 100 individuals. However, following international protests and criticism by neighbouring countries and the EU, the quota was reduced in subsequent years.

But now the government has once again announced that it will increase the hunting quota to 100 bears. This is in addition to many that are killed each year on roads and railway lines.

Supporters of the hunt claim that quota needs to be increased because of damage to farming caused by bears and the risk to local communities. But killing more bears is not the answer and jeopardizes existing conservation programmes.

Send an email now to the Slovenia environment minister and urge him to suspend this unsustainably high quota.

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