Video: ‘Oh, No, I Can’t Be a Cheese-Eating Feminist!’—GWU Student’s Big Reveal

For Immediate Release:
September 19, 2018

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Washington – Can you be a cheese-eating feminist? George Washington University (GWU) alumna Marissa Price used to think so—but as a new PETA video reveals, that changed when a GWU classmate loaned her a book and her cheddar snack habit had to hit the skids.

Her video is included in a new 10-part documentary series that highlights 10 individuals’ “Clark Kent moments”—times when an experience, some written words, or even an awakened sense of social justice triggered their evolution into activists. Price was a dyed-in-the-wool feminist, a member of GWU’s Feminist Student Union, and the vegetarian founder of the still-active GW Animal Advocates. But when she read The Sexual Politics of Meat, she was stunned to learn how eating eggs and drinking cow’s milk supports the exploitation of individuals who happen to be of other species but are suffering because they’re females, and she knew she had to change.

“[A]t an incredible time when amazing women are rising up and sharing their stories and saying ‘time’s up’ on abuse and exploitation,” she says, “it’s time for feminists and every decent person to say ‘no more’ to the ways that our sisters of other species are being systematically exploited in the food industry.”

Other videos in this series of personal stories from PETA activists touch on issues including the long-term mental health effects of undercover work. The full series from PETA—whose motto is “Animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, use for entertainment, or abuse in any other way”—is available here.

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