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Women: Meat on the Pole

Posted by karmalily on February 18, 2008

I’m a little behind on writing about this. It’s been sitting in my bookmark folder for a week, but it still makes me mad.

A new vegan strip club has opened up in Portland, OR. In a widely heard quote, owner Johnny Diablo’s idea was to “put the meat on the pole, not on the plate.”

He actually referred to women as meat.

I’m always happy when the world gets a little more vegan. But I’m not happy when women are treated as things. This isn’t alone. We’ve all seen the PETA ads of half-naked women in lettuce bikinis. PETA thrives on using women in the same way.

What’s wrong with promoting veganism through example and activism? There’s no need to set back women with another strip club. Show people that being vegan is healthy by being healthy yourself; show people what veganism really is without resorting to something demeaning and offensive.

KPTV Portland

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