There are few things that can make me sympathetic to PETA.
On such thing is Canada. More specifically, Canada's stubbornly unserious and unprincipled approach to freedom of expression.
PETA encountered it when they tried to put up one of its belabored cheesecake-picture campaigns in Montreal, only to be thwarted by the Montreal branch of Canada's speech bureaucracy.
In an email to PETA, Montreal City Commissioner Josee Rocheford said the ad "goes against all principles pubic organizations are fighting for in the everlasting battle of equality between men and women."
Montreal authorities responded by insisting their decision was based on men and women’s equality.
Yet men and women are not, in the Canadian sense, equal. For instance, I see no evidence that Montreal, or any other part of Canada, insults the intelligence and character of men by censoring political advertisements that might possibly offend the masculine heart. As far as I can tell, only the fairer sex is treated to such disdainful and neo-Victorian protection — part of Canada's heritage since it accepted MacKinnonite-Dworkinite twaddle as a justification for censorship.
I, for one, think that women's actual, non-Canadian equality — equality of intellect, character, potential, and intestinal fortitude — is not and cannot be threatened by further sophomoric attention-seeking from PETA. The women I know are tougher than that.
Of course, I haven't been to Montreal recently.
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