Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Vegetarian soapbox needs solid kicking.

Although talking to my vegetarian friends frequently makes me want to kill Bambi and smother her in gravy, I have been considering reducing my meat intake for the new year. It's not because of any highbrow concern for animals, but rather because I am not a big fan of red meat and am slowly but surely going off pork too. That still leaves fowl and fish and sea food.
So I'm not being a afflicated by rampant vegetarianism.
'Or ammmm I?' (please read this is Spongebob Squarepants sotto voice)

Yesterday on my way back from Dundrum with the paramour, we were listening to Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk and up popped Dr Catherine Gale who has recently completed some 'research' that suggests vegetarians are smarter than the average bear, or me and quite possibly, you.
'We know from other studies that brighter children tend to behave in a healthier fashion as adults — they’re less likely to smoke, less likely to be overweight, less likely to have high blood pressure and more likely to take strenuous exercise,” Gale said. “This study provides further evidence that people with a higher IQ tend to have a healthier lifestyle.”

'My God Paramour, listen to that. Smart people tend to make better choices than the not so smart. Why it's genius!'

In the study, Gale’s team collected data on nearly 8,200 men and women aged 30, whose IQ had been tested when they were 10 years of age.

“Children who scored higher on IQ tests at age 10 were more likely than those who got lower scores to report that they were vegetarian at the age of 30,” Gale said.
Okay so far so good.'
The researchers found that 4.5 percent of participants were vegetarians. Of these, 2.5 percent were vegan, and 33.6 percent said they were vegetarian but also ate fish or chicken.

Schrrreeeecccccchhhhhhhh! Say fucking what now?

'There was no difference in IQ score between strict vegetarians and those who said they were vegetarian but who said they ate fish or chicken,' the researcher added.

So it transpires that many of the 'vegetarians' eat chicken and fish.
'But surely they aren't vegetarians?' Moncrieff cried.
'Well they preceive themselves to be.'

So there you have it, vegetarians ar so clever and smart they don't even have to be vegetarians at all, they just need to close their little beady eyes and 'perceive' it. And then said vegatarians who actually eat meat can become smarter than people who also eat meat but don't claim to be vegetarians.
In other words some people are smarter than others.
I'm surprised the world still turns this morning.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vegetarians are provacative cunts.

10:43 a.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

Why is concern for animals "highbrow"?

10:54 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It isn't, I should have written that properly.
My vegetarian friends turn animal welfare highbrow, it was actually them I was taking a mild pop at. You should hear some of the things they come out with, up to and including, 'my cats don't like their bums because they've evolved past it.' I kid you not.
When I said I was considering cutting my meat intake the other day, one of them said, 'Well you should you're eating the flesh of a slaughtered animal.'
It's that sort of thing that makes me flinch and want a sausage and bacon sambo.

10:59 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naturally I meant provocative.

11:00 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...


11:01 a.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

I know what you mean about the militancy of some veggies. I was vegetarian (and a strict one) for 11 years, mostly for ethical and health reasons but I never harangued anyone about it and we can do without the 'nothing with a face' brigade. It's about choice and anyone forcing any opinion on you is very wearying.
As a vegetarian you get a lot of jip too - people think you're a meat-hating weirdo and make huge assumptions about everything from your politics to your taste in music!

Don' even get me started on the "I'm vegetarian but I eat fish, pate, chicken and only eat lamb on Friday" phonies...

11:06 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

One of them is a 'nothing with a face,' gal, but she wear diamonds, leather, and -get this- sheepskin Uggs.

11:08 a.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

Pah, double standards.

11:22 a.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

..and the whole "vegetarian" discussion, laughable really, but for some reason it pisses me off today and makes me want to kick somebody in the head.

11:25 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Ah pre holiday rage, how are ya! Don't worry Eva, I'm about to brave town now in search of the elusive pressie for that not so elusive creature, Etheline. If I come back empty handed I may wring my own neck.

11:48 a.m.  
Blogger SheBah said...

I don't see any reason why people have to announce their dietary preferences, unless it's life threatening if they eat some particlar food. It's very easy to quietly order a meal that doesn't contain meat without the necessity for a fanfare of trumpets. I hate having vegetarians for dinner, not because I have to cook something special, but because they need to bore everybody for at least 30 minutes with their vegetarianism. It always leads to arguments about wearing leather, drinking milk, etc. etc. Bah! Each to their own, I say, but keep stumm.

12:43 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate having vegetarians for dinner.
me three, shebah. they taste like squirrel.

i'd rather eat my mink wrap.

1:24 p.m.  
Blogger Andraste said...

Hate the militancy on either side. My stomach, my rules, your stomach, your rules...

I don't eat any landwalkers (mainly because factory farming scares the living shite out of me, but for some other reasons too, when I'm feeling especially crunchy and hormonal I'll go into it, but only if someone asks)...and I keep fish open as an option if a restaurant doesn't have any good vegetarian items on the menu, and I'm SICK TO DEATH of pasta primavera and veggie burgers. Honestly, if they can't do any better than that...

But what is the WORD for it? I'm not a vegetarian, because there's the fish thing, and like you, Cat, I HATE it when people say they're vegetarian, but 'oh, sometimes I eat chicken or fish.' The fuck...If anything that had a mother is passing through your lips, you are NOT a vegetarian. But I need a word...pescetarian?

1:58 p.m.  
Anonymous eva said...

Well I had a big fat greasy motherf*cker of beef burger for lunch.... but really, I'm a vegetarian.
Yes I am, I am, I AM.
For dinner I think I'll have lamb.
Another nice vegetarian dish.

3:49 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

oooo ooooo, I just remembered a few years back a friend of a friend was doing a Saturday dinner and we were all invited for some reason, perhaps it was a birthday? Anyway, this hostess is from the Newry, a no nonsense gal, great cook-only person I know that can cook French food properly and I include French gay in that- she made three courses mostly game and had gone to TREMENDOUS trouble to stick to the original recipes.
So what happens?
Half an hour before she's about to put on some complicated sauce that requires her undivided attention and as we are all greeting and getting our first drinks down us, one of her guest's girlfriends arrives carring a Linda McCarthy meal in a fucking plastic bag and wants to know would the hostess 'mind' putting it on for her. She doesn't eat meat and won't try any of the other foods because of the meat in the stock.
Our hostess was in the kitchen and her husband was trying to get her to calm down...man, how that girl didn't get a kinfe to the sternum I'll never know.

If you eat meat you are not a vegetarian! Fish are not vegetables. Neither is chicken. Period.

3:56 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I had a BLT, but I perceived it to be cous cous, so it was. Golly, ths is really easy.
I'm really curious about Andraste's other reasons, but there's no way I'm asking...

3:58 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

me three, shebah. they taste like squirrel.

mwa ha ha

5:54 p.m.  
Blogger Tommy said...

I'm a stage 10 vegan, I don't eat anything that cast's a shadow.

That's a lie by the way.

2:02 a.m.  
Blogger Becky said...

I'm a vegetarian. And quite frankly, I think it's absolutely ridiculous that people have a problem with what *others* are eating. I'm not just singling out meat heads, it's vegetarians, too. One group doesn't seem to realize they're doing the same thing to the other group. Come the F*** on, people. Stop with the judgment. IT'S FOOD. LET PEOPLE EAT WHAT THEY WANT. THEY'RE GOING TO ANYWAY, SO JUST GET OVER YOURSELVES. Peace. ^_^

12:44 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

AH come on Becky, where's the fun in that?

5:51 p.m.  
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