Do you ever write out your to-do list and feel really confident that you could get it all done in your normal workday, and then #PRIVATE# quickly realize that you’ve grossly underestimated the amount of time it takes to do even one thing? Today has been just silly. As I write this, it’s 11:30 p.m. on Monday night, and though I really shouldn’t admit this, I’m still wearing my pea soup-crusted oversized man’s shirt that I slept in last night. It’s just been one of those GO!GO!GO! type of days and nights, and I have a feeling there are several more hours ahead of me. Oddly, despite feeling mildly disgusting, I feel like I’m *in it*, and I’m determined to keep going until my gosh darn to-do list calls it a night. Or, a morning.
I must say, I’m absolutely thrilled by our new Dedicate a Podcast Episode program, which allows you to dedicate a podcast episode to a loved one (including yourself) for a tax-deductible donation of $150. I’m sort of blown away by the response! This program was concocted by OHH’s Associate Producer Liz Dee, and I’m so grateful to her for thinking up this gem. What a brilliant way of connecting with our listeners, and what a perfect present to give to podcast junkies.
What else? Well, earlier today, Bitch Magazine came out with a glowing review of Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat. Very kindly, Mariann read the review before telling me about it, to make sure I wasn’t ripped a new one (after the whole Yahoo fiasco regarding my comment about Red Robin’s ridiculous ad, I’m feeling, shall we say, tender). It turns out that they like me, they really really like me! Here’s what Bitch (and, specifically, writer Jennifer Busby) had to say:
In speaking to women who have more than a passing familiarity with Adams’ work and veganism, Defiant Daughters does have the power to address intimate issues of veganism—like comparing common dairy-industry practices with rape. Animal rights activist and Our Hen House cofounder Jasmin Singer (with partner Mariann Sullivan) effectively personalizes the issue in her Defiant Daughters essay. She explains that when she started to think more deeply about dairy, she couldn’t help but connect cows strapped to “rape racks” and her own sexual assault.
Singer’s story may be familiar to others who grew up feeling trapped and dissected by patriarchy. Instead of shutting down, though, she turned her energy outward to push back against oppression, including the oppression of animals. A light bulb moment for her was connecting the fragmentation of female bodies (both human and non-human) for visual and literal consumption to the way she was treated as a voluptuous 12-year old.
I hope that this prominent review opens more doors for this anthology (the proceeds of which benefit OHH). As you already know, we offer Defiant Daughters to folks who become flock members. For those of you who have received yours, I hope the book has resonated with you.
Speaking of books that resonate, Tuesday, July 9 is the official publication date for Vegan for Her: The Woman’s Guide to Being Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet, by Virginia Messina and JL Fields. This is one we hens have been waiting for for a long time, and we can’t believe the day is finally here. As I wrote about today on the OHH blog, Ginny and JL are like family to us, and happen to also be role models. I couldn’t be happier about this new resource, and that’s why we’re giving you a chance to win a copy for yourself (or for someone you love).
To win a copy of Vegan for Her, follow these simple steps:
- Tweet something that includes @OurHenHouse AND @VeganForHer. I’m not going to tell you specifically what it should be (anything is fine, y’all, just tag us both), but here’s one possible suggestion: Wow! @VeganforHer is finally out! Get this life-changing book AND a tote bag by supporting non-profit @OurHenHouse. bit.ly/1bjsDxG
- Then, email contest [at] ourhenhouse [dot] org — which goes right to OHH’s Danielle inbox, so be polite — and put in the subject line “Vegan for Her Flock Contest.” Be sure to include, in the body of your email, your mailing address, Twitter handle, and mention that you did indeed tweet at @OurHenHouse and @VeganForHer.
The contest is only open to flock members (and we will check). You have one week to enter, so you have until Tuesday, July 16 at Midnight EDT to enter. You may only enter once, though we do encourage you to tweet at us (and at @VeganForHer) as much as you’d like (but, yeah, after your first tweet, the rest don’t count as entries). A randomly selected winner will be chosen and notified on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Good luck!
But even if you don’t win, you’re still in luck! Because, while supplies last, if you donate $50 to Our Hen House, you receive a copy of Vegan for Her AND an ethically-sourced, vegan-made Our Hen House tote bag! I anticipate that these will go fast. I hope that you’ll take advantage of this fabulous thank you offer, which, really, is a deal of the century.
Before I close, I have to share this video with you. Our darling friends Michael and Ethan pulled this video up on their iPhone last weekend when we were visiting their house for lunch. It’s from an old show that was on the Logo network called The Big Gay Sketch Show. That’s all I really want to say about it. You have to watch:
Earlier today, Mariann and I regained our composure just long enough to include this into a conversation for “ramblings” on this weekend’s episode of the podcast (#183 — which will feature Sid Garza-Hillman, author of Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto, and the Staff Nutritionist and Programs Director at the all vegan Mendocino Center for Living Well located at the Stanford Inn Eco-resort in Mendocino, California).
For a day like today — the kind that doesn’t end, not ever — that is precisely what I needed.