Hippie Tits Save Animals, PatriarchyRemember the Vegan strip club in Portland we wrote about Monday? Well, the Times went town on the story in Styles today, snagging a photo inside the for-sale club, finding an LA girl band called the Vegan Vixens who sing about the joys of pleather and pointing out that punky porno outfit the Suicide Girls helped PETA make an anti-fur ad campaign (pictured). "Sexuality is what society will turn its head for more than anything else," PETA's president told the Times. Predictably, not all hemp-wearers are thrilled to see women exploited for the faint hope of getting meat-eating oglers to stop eating steak and so forth:

Isa Chandra Moskowitz, a cookbook author, is among those who believe such images twist the vegan message. "As a feminist, I'm not keen on the idea of using women's bodies to sell veganism, and I'm not into the idea of using veganism to sell women's bodies," she said...



The issue of sexism in vegan circles is "extremely polarizing," said Bob Torres, an author of "Vegan Freak," a guide to living a vegan lifestyle, which generally means avoiding the use of animals for food, clothing or other purposes. Mr. Torres, like many vegans, disavows the "essential idea at the heart of some animal rights activism that any means justifies the ends," he said.

Not all feminists return the vegans' love in kind. Women's rights hero Susan B. Anthony, for example, loved a good porterhouse steak, which somehow seems very appropriate.

Below, a song by the Vegan Vixens, which sounds like it will advance the pro-animal cause about as much as the failed strip club:

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Times: The Carrot Some Vegans Deplore