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Janet's Weekly Commentary

The Feminist Egg

A very strange billboard has cropped up in the San Francisco bay area that combines together 3 things: eggs, feminism, and animal rights. The message is not only turning heads, it’s turning people off.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA has long been a very controversial group. Founded in Virginia in 1980, PETA has long advocated for animals’ rights. It has 400 employees and claims over 6 million members worldwide. Their slogan is: “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way.” The group is headed by Ingrid Newkirk, an atheist.

Newkirk’s worldview has been framed by the writings of controversial philosopher Peter Singer through his book Animal Liberation. Newkirk has stated:

“After reading Animal Liberation, I realized that in the same way that racist and sexist views allowed us to discriminate against minorities and women, speciesism allowed us to inscribe an inferior status on animals and to regard them not as individuals, but as objects and means to fulfill our desires.”

Newkirk and Singer do not see man as the pinnacle in the hierarchy of God’s creation or as the only part of creation made in the image of God. In fact, they believe just the opposite. Singer has said, “The notion that human life is sacred just because it is human life is medieval.”

All of this takes me back to the billboard in the San Francisco Bay area. The sign features a woman whose face is an egg, with the words:

“Face it—you can’t claim to be a feminist and still eat eggs. Eggs and dairy are a product of the abuse of females.”

This latest PETA campaign is another hard press to get people to go vegan with their diet. But the coupling of feminism with veganism is a new twist.

According to the Mercury News, a video posted to YouTube shows PETA saying that people who eat eggs and dairy products are supporting violence and the exploitation of female reproductive systems, arguing that the hens, cows, and other animals that produce such products are abused. PETA hopes to spark a conversation about, what they call “the blatant misogyny of the egg and dairy industries.”

Interestingly, several feminists interviewed in that area have taken offense at the billboard, believing it obscures the messages of feminism. Others, like myself, think this is a bridge too far.

 For the record, let me be clear. I live in a world filled with animals. Horses, donkeys, sheep, and dogs are an integral part of our household. Tending to my animals is part of daily life. God wants us to care for our animals and says so in His word: “The righteous care for the needs of their animals.” (Prov 12:10) I do, however, see a clear distinction between animal welfare and animal rights. PETA does not.

Remember Ingrid Newkirk’s worldview. She sees no distinction between a female chicken and a female human being, so it’s easy for her to draw a linkage between the two in the area of so-called “female reproductive exploitation.”  

If, however, you see humans as exceptional in creation, then this billboard is laughable. Now, how about PETA putting up a billboard on the exploitation and abuse of pre-born baby girls?

That’s my opinion. I’m Janet Parshall.

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Janet Parshall

Janet Parshall has been broadcasting from the nation's capital for over two decades. Her passion is to "equip the saints" through intelligent conversation based on biblical truth. When she is not behind her microphone, Janet is speaking across the country on issues impacting Christians. She has authored several books, including her latest, Buyer Beware: Finding Truth in the Marketplace of Ideas. Parshall and her husband, Craig, live in Virginia, and have four children and six grandchildren.

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