Who needs feminism? Not these two!
Confused Cats Against Feminism is a project of We Hunted the Mammoth:The New Misogyny, tracked and mocked. You should totally go there, like right now.
This is what a cat looks like.
This episode of Radiolab discusses the intersection of wildlife conservationists and everyone else. Joe Duff of Operation Migration is trying to save the whooping crane, and Mrs. Clarice Gibbs was trying to save her husband. Mrs. Gibbs’ bird feeders were drawing the whooping cranes too close to humans, but the birds attracted to the feeders were keeping her husband, suffering from Alzheimer’s, going.
Joe loves the birds, and so does Mrs. Gibbs, but Mrs. Gibbs also loved her husband. Joe and Operation Migration trying to save the whooping crane were asking Mrs. Crane to love whooping cranes more than her husband. That just isn’t fair, especially as they were asking her at a time when she was losing her husband, when she was seeing him slip further away every day.
Birds brought him back, for at least a little while, and Joe wanted Mrs. Gibbs to give up her last few moments with a man she’s loved for over half a century. To save some birds.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand the position of crane conservationists. Their priority is preserving the whooping crane species. That’s awesome. But Mrs. Gibbs’ priority was her husband. Joe wanted Mrs. Gibbs to accept his priority as having supremacy over her own. That’s just not real life.
I can’t help but wonder if Operation Migration sought another resolution. Was there a bird seed available that would still attract hummingbirds and all the other lovely creatures but that wouldn’t be so appetizing to cranes?
At the end of the day, how much of a difference would it have made to the whooping cranes if Mrs. Gibbs gave up her bird feeders? Other people have bird feeders. Even if Mrs. Gibbs leaves in the deep, dark marshes of Florida, other people live out there, too. Other people have bird feeders. I don’t want to say it’s inevitable that the cranes would have started chilling at some other family’s marshy pad, but Operation Migration really doesn’t know that removing the bird feeders would result in the removal of the cranes. They could have just taken up residence somewhere else.
With that in mind, Operation Migration was asking Mrs. Gibbs to give up her husband, knowing that her loss was indeed inevitable without any guarantee that the cranes would be helped in any way.
I’m reminded of the recent Galapagos episode and the loss of the Pinta tortoise. Holly Doremus agrees that conservation is noble but ultimately futile. We share the environment with animals, and animals share the environment with us. There’s no going back.
I don’t want to end like that, though. The takeaway isn’t that we should give up on conservation because the death of everything good is inevitable. I guess I just feel like conservation isn’t the only thing, and sometimes it’s not even the most important thing.
Dylan O’Brien, Dylan Sprayberry and Tyler Posey at the Nintendo Lounge on the TV Guide Magazine Yacht At Comic-Con (July 24, 2014)
Year of Teen Luigi.
How I know we’ve made a good video:
- Declarations we must have run out of ideas.
- Complaints that all we’re doing is arguing semantics.
- Comments which simply read “No” directly before or after comments which simply read “Yes”.
Here is this video we made about cosplay and if it is, or is not, a form of theatre, in case you wanted to watch it.
I am jealous of this cat’s relationship with this capybara.
david duchovny doesn’t know what frogs are
What ARE frogs?
Whenever you’re going through a bad day just remember, your track record for getting through bad days, so far, is 100%; and that’s pretty damn good.