Tohu Bohu in the Land of Steak Frites

“We have to change our mentality so that eating a barbecued entrecôte is no longer a symbol of virility… If you want to resolve the climate crisis, you have to reduce meat consumption, and that’s not going to happen so long as masculinity is constructed around meat…”
(Sandrine Rousseau, French Green Party MP)

“Stop this madness!”… “That’s enough of accusing our boys of everything!”
(Eric Ciotti, Nadine Morano, members of the Gaullist Republicans party)

“Meat consumption is a function of what you have in your wallet, not in your panties or your underpants… A good wine, good meat, good cheese, that is French gastronomy… What are we going to eat? Tofu and soy beans? Come on!”
(Fabien Roussel, secretary general of the Communist Party)

“There’s a difference between the sexes in the way we consume meat, and people who decide to become vegetarians are mostly women… So if we want to go toward equality we have to attack virilism.”
(Clémentine Autain, lawmaker with the Unbowed party)

“It’s not virilism, it’s nature.” [Julien Odoul] vowed to pursue a “Cro-Magnon diet”…
(Julien Odoul, member of Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally)

(Roger Cohen, “Of Barbecues and Men: A Summer Storm Brews Over Virility in France,” New York Times, 9-5-22)

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About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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2 Responses to Tohu Bohu in the Land of Steak Frites

  1. I had no idea this particular slant on the debate was raging!

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