"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition."
- Timothy Leary
Gloria Steinem, founder of Ms. Magazine and one of the
influential feminists in American history will be
the keynote speaker at
Cedar Crest College in Allentown,
Pennsylvania next Thursday, June 7th.
She will be
discussing the past history, present condition, and
future of the women's rights movement.
During the thirteenth century,
and Middle Age standup comics challenged their
by asking, "How many angels can fit on the head of a pin?"
Many readers took issue with a paragraph from an
Feminist column in which I wrote:
"The animal rights movement is
fueled by women. The
woman represents the better half of humankind. She
combines a passion for change with the wisdom endowed
upon her gentle and
powerful spirit to animal rights issues.
She runs things for the People
for the Ethical Treatment
of animals (PETA), and she stands in the rain
to protest laboratory research. She converts boyfriends
husbands to her plant-based diet because that
creates balance to her
universe and superior intellectual
perspective. Without the woman, there
would be no animal
rights movement in America."
I was accused of
manufacturing a myth. Readers argued
that men as well as women contribute
equally to the
animal rights movement. I was accused of making a
non-scientific conclusion, based upon my own personal
observations. There were, I was told, no
conclusive studies made of the
gender of AR activists.
Last evening, I was skimming through back
Hoard's Dairyman, the national dairy farm magazine.
Everybody needs a hobby. That's one of mine.
of AR activists are female? Hoard's
answered that question on page 11 of
their June 1992
(Volume 137, number 11) edition. Reprinted as it
"Animal rights activists were profiled by Oregon State
University research reported by the pro-animal organization
People First.' Researchers found that the
animal activists were 78
percent female as compared with
51 percent of the general population; 82
college educated as compared with 32 percent of the
general population; 40 percent have yearly incomes over
compared with 5% of the general population;
97 percent are white
(nonwhites were 3.1 percent compared
to 17 percent of the population); 98
environmental extremists; 83 percent are opposed to war;
83 percent are feminists; 58% are interested in gay
percent have no children; 89 percent have an
average of nearly 5 pets
How many Animal Rights angels danced atop each feather
every bird's wing from the 10,300 chickens slaughtered
in America during
the six seconds that it took you to
read this final paragraph?