Book Review: The Merman, Carl-Johan Vallgren (2015)

Monday, December 7th, 2015

“Fairy tales with tragic endings.”

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Book Review: L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume 29, Dave Wolverton, ed. (2013)

Monday, August 26th, 2013

A thoroughly enjoyable collection of contemporary science fiction word 2013 herunterladen kostenlos!

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

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Eat your vegetables! (Or not.)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

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Reclaiming the F-Word, Expanding the V-Word

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I can’t see the point in women being equal to men if men are not equal to each other. *


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Green Porno 3.0: Compassion is sexy!

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009


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Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 7: Meat, Love & Objectification

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

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The Discerning Brute weighs in on the conflation of “meat” consumption with masculinity:

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"Generic" Individuals: The Ultimate in Speciesist Doublespeak

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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(Granted, I could certainly be mistaken, in which case I welcome a correction! I’m not sure widespread use of the term would make it any less problematic, however.)

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Sexy Meat, No. 2: Flirty Fish & Beefy Chicken

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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It’s been a few months in the making, but here’s entry No. 2 in the “Sexy Meat” series. This set of advertisements from McCormick is unique in that it features explicitly female and male “meat.”

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Rachachuros Seasoning, Redux: Zombie Cannibal "Meat"!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
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Consuming Women, No. 3

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Some time ago – we’re talking two years plus – I started a series on this blog called “Consuming Women.” My intention was to highlight examples of advertising campaigns in which the consumption of “meat” is likened to the consumption of women, usually by depicting women as obviously edible foodstuffs herunterladen. My own personal Pornography of Meat, if you will.

Because I’m a scatterbrain and tend to bite off more than I can chew, I never got past post #2 in the series tubemate kostenlos downloaden. Which is a shame – but, luckily, one that’s easily remedied!

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Fishermen as happy sadists: A new meme?

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Last month, I blogged about a series of ads for Hobie Kayaks, aimed at fishermen (“people,” I should say, except all the ads seem to depict men) windows 7 pro herunterladen. The gist of the marketing concept is that the kayaks are so quiet that fishermen can stalk and overtake their prey with serial killer-like coldness and precision windows 10 app herunterladen. Fittingly, shadowy fishermen in fedoras and trench coats are shown choking, knifing and shooting three very terrified fish. Fishermen as stone-cold killers, indeed free demo games.

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Stephen Colbert gives PETA a tip o’ his hat…

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

…for making the consumption of “land fish” socially acceptable!

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To sweeten the deal, Stephen signed off Thursday’s show with a spin on Bob Barker’s “don’t forget to spay and neuter your pets” signature line:

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Part advertisement, part Internet hoax.

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Truth in Advertising: Fishermen are stone-cold killers.

Sunday, January 4th, 2009
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Surfrider hates litter, hearts "seafood."

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(Description and photos via Ads of the World.)

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Sierra Club: Tell the EPA to Keep Gender-Bending Toxic Chemicals Out of Our Water

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

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DawnWatch: "Ethical living: Do fish have feelings too?…" UK Guardian, 21 June, 2007

Friday, June 22nd, 2007

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Oceana: Ask Your State Consumer Protection Office To Inform Shoppers About Mercury

Friday, May 25th, 2007
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WWF: One of World’s Largest Fisheries at Risk

Friday, May 18th, 2007

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