I have written a number of articles about the level of sexism, patriarchy, and bullying within the animal advocacy movement within Queensland, and I honestly thought that having someone expose their behaviours would have been enough to get them to stop.
Except this has not been the case.
Animal Liberation Queensland, in their attempt to garner a few more votes to win the $15,000.00 “People’s Choice Award” from Voiceless, promoted the below image all over Facebook.
Only Men Eat Beef
Not only is this statement in the image sexist, and something a modern organisation should know better about, it also makes me wonder why they decided to use it in the first place. Before everyone jumps up and down telling me that it was an attempt at tongue in cheek humour, I am going to ask if saying that makes it right?
Numerous female figures within the animal advocacy and vegan movement have written, spoken, and commented about the ingrained sexist and patriarchal attitudes that for some reason are accepted as the norm, and go unquestioned.
As we all aware, the mainstream media likes to portray males who do not consume animal products as not being ‘real men’. The Meat and Livestock Association has even made a campaign about it telling us all that if we don’t consume lamb on Australia Day, then we are unAustralian. All the effort that myself and others have gone to to dispel this myth, has just been blown out of the water by a poorly thought out attempt at self promotion.
If Animal Liberation Queensland is going to plan a tour of northern Queensland to turn the ‘beef eating blokes into quinoa quaffing Queenslanders”, what will they do with those people who eat venison, kangaroo, lamb, or chicken?