An assistant professor of liberal studies at California State Polytechnic University has written a paper about the alleged victimization of squirrels that perfectly illustrates the lunacy of liberalism.
Teresa Lloro-Bidart recently penned the feminist postmodernist research paper that posits that eastern fox squirrels are victims of bigotry, claiming that they are subjected to “gendered, racialized, and speciesist thinking” in the media.
The paper appeared in the journal “Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography” and argued that humans also “otherized” eastern fox squirrels — which are not native to the Southern California region.
Lloro-Bidart titled the paper “When ‘Angelino’ Squirrels Don’t Eat Nuts: A Feminist Posthumanist Politics of Consumption Across Southern California.”
In her abstract, she pointed out that, through no fault of their own, eastern squirrels have developed a reputation for having an “appetite for everything,” including human trash.
Humans are apparently unfavorably comparing the “easties” with the region’s native western gray squirrel, which is less tolerant of human beings, and therefore less likely to to engage in annoying, human-tolerant behavior (like feeding on urban trash). And that, apparently, makes the eastern squirrels victims of traditionalist thinking. (She doesn’t outright call them “feminist squirrels,” but given her title, that’s definitely the perspective.)
Lloro-Bidart maintained that there were several reasons behind her theory — namely, the “western, modernist” frame by which humans interpret these behaviors and actions.
“Given that the shift in tree squirrel demographics is a relatively recent phenomenon, this case presents a unique opportunity to question and re-theorize the ontological given of ‘otherness’ that manifests, in part, through a politics whereby animal food choices ‘(come) to stand in for both compliance and resistance to the dominant forces in (human) culture,’” Lloro-Bidart wrote.
It might surprise Americans outside the Los Angeles area, but Lloro-Bidert is far from the first writer to tackle the battle between eastern grays and western grays in the region. The website LA Curbed posted a thoroughly sourced piece on it in 2015, for instance, and the website SFGate wrote about it farther north in the San Francisco Bay area back in 2009. But she might well be the first one to take a “feminist, posthumanist” look at it.
Apparently, eastern fox squirrels suffer from discrimination because humans tend to judge them by the standards they expect of the western gray squirrels (such as not creating a nuisance by rooting through garbage).
“I, therefore, juxtapose 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.”
Wow. That’s a mouthful. Not to mention a little bit loony.
To think this is an issue that some people actually take seriously. It wouldn’t be surprising to find that squirrels in the area were allowed their own safe spaces from cruel humans.
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