Article by Joanna Sarah-Freedman
Animal welfare group PETA has caused a stir after recommending women should impose a sex ban on men who eat meat.
The organisation have suggested that withholding sex could be trigger men to say goodbye to meat for good, and they’re hoping the move could even cut greenhouse gas emissions if enough women are on board.
In a statement on Wednesday, PETA said the sex strike would not only “save the world” but end “toxic masculinity”, too.
Quite a claim, ey?
Animal rights activists PETA have urged partners of meat eating men to deny them sex.
Julia: "What a patronising 1950s notion that ladies should go on sex strike to get men to change their behaviour. Maybe us girls *like* men with sizzling sausages?"@JuliaHB1 | @Alain_Tolhurst pic.twitter.com/mnFCfpIeVh
— TalkTV (@TalkTV) September 22, 2022
Daniel Cox, from PETA Germany, said men need a rude awakening to the damage their meat eating is causing, referencing research from Plos One, a scientific journal, which uncovered that men caused 41 percent more pollution than women.
PETA’s plea also comes after the UN’s findings that rearing livestock accounts for 14 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.
The activist group didn’t stop at chastity, also suggesting that women could impose a ban on having children, to really hammer the point home.
“We all know them , the suburban fathers with beer bottles and barbecue tongs sizzling 70 cent sausages on their 700 euro grill,” Cox said.
“The courgette added by the visitor is eyed with suspicion and only reluctantly tolerated. The fact that Germany’s ‘grill masters’ believe they have to prove their masculinity to themselves and their fellow species through their consumption of meat is not only to the detriment of the animals, however.
“Now there is scientific proof that toxic masculinity also harms the climate. Therefore, a hefty meat tax of 41 per cent for men would be appropriate. A ban on sex or procreation for all meat-eating men would also be purposeful in this context.”
As you can imagine, the proposition of banning sex for men certainly ruffled some feathers, with some calling it ‘sexist’ and outlandish.
Speaking on LBC radio, Conservative MP Alicia Kearns said: “It just feeds in to all the worst narratives of the ’90s that women use sex, it’s not something they enjoy, that they should use it as a tool against men.
“It’s also incredibly focused on straight relationships.”
Meanwhile, presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer said on Talk TV: “What a patronising 1950s notion that ladies should go on sex strike to get men to change their behaviour. Maybe us girls *like* men with sizzling sausages?”
Florian Hahn, a German CSU politician, added: “Instead of a ban on sex for meat eaters, there should be a ban on thinking for divisive ideologues.”
The public seemed to very much concur.
“As a 7 year vegan I think the idea of a sex ban is ridiculous and PETA [denies] the vegan movement the vital credibility it deserves,” wrote one critic on Twitter.
As a fellow user penned: “PETA saying women should go on a sex strike to try force men to eat less meat is just so fucked up in so many ways, for one… why tf is it upto women to go without?”
It doesn’t look like this idea is going to catch on any time soon, but as always, PETA have certainly got people talking.