Oppressed Squirrels Find Champion in Feminist Scholar


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Squirrels in Los Angeles, California, whose victimization has been ignored for too long, have finally gained a champion in the form of Teresa Lloro-Bidart, an assistant professor in the Liberal Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

Lloro-Bidart’s ringing defense of squirrels against the racist human patriarchy appears in the newest issue of Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, a journal which is standard reading for… uh, well, maybe about three people.

According to the abstract for this paper, which was printed in the May 7 Wall Street Journal (The paper is titled, ominously, “When ‘Angelino’ squirrels don’t eat nuts: a feminist posthumanist politics of consumption across southern California”), Lloro-Bidart

“juxtapose[s] feminist posthumanist theories and feminist food studies scholarship to demonstrate how eastern fox squirrels are subjected to gendered, racialized, and speciesist thinking in the popular news media as a result of their feeding/eating practices, their unique and unfixed spatial arrangements in the greater Los Angeles region, and the western, modernist human frame through which humans interpret these actions. I conclude by drawing out the implications of this research for the fields of animal geography and feminist geography.”

Among the many human depredations visited upon the squirrel, there is that of being “otherized” on account of its diet:

“…[E]astern fox squirrels [sic] eating of ‘everything’ is viewed as a performance whereby the fecund female ‘other’ risks causing a ‘takeover.’ Such narratives problematically bind the category ‘squirrel’ through a delineation of proper and improper eating practices, forestalling membership in both suburban/urban and wild places.”

And to think this could happen today. In a society that calls itself civilized. And, by the way, wouldn’t (as Dave Barry might say) the “Otherized Squirrels” be a great name for a rock band?

According to the paper, squirrels are also subject to being “gendered,” which probably comes as a surprise to squirrels themselves since, being unaware of the evils of gender binaries, they seem to be under the impression that they are exclusively male and female and that there is no problem with that.

In addition, Lloro-Bidart catalogues the manifold ways in which these poor oppressed squirrels, in the process of being “gendered,” are also being fat-shamed by being targeted by stereotypes of women who eat too much. At least, that is how we interpret this statement:

“As feminist food studies scholar Cooks highlights, the metaphor of food as body ‘individualizes the body as the unit of consumption’ and ‘prescribe[s] gender identities via what and how we eat.’”

And by the way, am I the only one less scandalized by the fact that squirrels are being fat-shamed than that universities actually pay people to be feminist food studies scholars?

Of course, it is hard to know what squirrels themselves think of all this, since they communicate using random and unintelligible vocal sounds. But, then again, so do feminist posthumanists who write ridiculous academic articles like this.

This post Oppressed Squirrels Find Champion in Feminist Scholar was originally published on Intellectual Takeout by Martin Cothran.

  • This woman is most obviously out of her mind!

    • ohyan2919

      What about the WSJ they published this gobbledeegook!

  • markie R

    but I want to know if there is now going to be transgender squirrels… and of course bathrooms…

  • Eevie

    i lost IQ points reading her drivel. omfg! She gets paid for this insanity…..knowing this is the typical feminist is disturbing simply because they are allowed to spread their mental illness and change our laws. This has to stop now. Profiling squirrels……wtfh…..stupid, stupid woman.

  • John C.

    SAT WHAT?????????????????????????????? Would someone kindly explain this gobbledeegook to me.

  • swann2001

    I would give this story the same validity as I would that Republicans hate women and are waging war on them. That Republicans are mean spirited, who is it that are out burning and looting neighborhoods, shooting police, smashing windows and claim they want to bomb the White House again? That Republicans stole the election from Hillary or she would have won against Trump. May I remind these people she couldn’t even beat a Communist sympathizing racist and one term Senator from Illinois who smoked dope and whose main claim to fame was as a Saul Alinskyite Community Organizer. I may have veered off topic I realize but this type of liberal college professors teaching our kids mush and calling it an education is all tied together with other happenings in this Country and it’s past time these people are weeded out of our education system and we get back to basics and teaching respect for our Constitution, flag and Country along with science, math and history.

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