I wore this to: get a 4 month-old rescue cat in a carrier and to the spay/neuter clinic; get my cat in a carrier to be groomed; go to work; pick up my cat; food shop; do my food co-op shift; finish watching The Farmer's Wife
dress/Erin @ Both Yellow Animals
Watching a film about farmers in the '90s gives me extremely mixed feelings.
The (+), FOOD!
On one hand, farms are why we're alive. They give us fruits, vegetables, grains. When the snide sister insists farming isn't worth it and her husband "has a real job" I want to scream into the screen, "Where do you think your food comes from, dumbass?"
The ( - ), KITTEN KILLERS!
...but at the same time, watching them load hogs onto the truck for the slaughterhouse, kneeing them in the face and neck (and this is a free-range, humane farm) or watching their stupid family dog attack and kill their kittens over and over again when their family is standing right there...I am kind of over it. I mean, why spay and neuter your cats when your family dog can just tear them apart alive? Another scene was a kid essentially (accidentally) setting up the kitten to be chased/killed by the dog - I think that kid needs psychological help, as if the "My parents went to a marriage counselor and brought me back their LOVE" t-shirt wasn't an indicator. When this kid comes back a serial killer, don't say I didn't warn you!
Looks like they eventually killed the dog:
thejunkboy asks: how's Rascal
juanita: he was chewing on the sheep
juanita: not just the cats
juanita: so we had to get rid of him
(from a transcribed chat with the wife)
The other ( - ) YOU DON'T CALL LADIES "UGLY BITCH"
But ignoring all of that, it was an interesting documentary - both for the relationship issues and the state-of-the-small-farmer issues. How much more hopeful would they be if they knew a nation obsessed with CSAs was right around the corner? And it was a bit of a culture shock to see Juanita sit there, miserable, while Darrel admits he called her "an ugly bitch" when he was angry. I mean, do women really stay with guys like that? (I know they do. But it still floors me.) He does this bullying farmer-grunt that made me wish this was secretly a Lorena Bobbit documentary!
But obviously I didn't ignore all of that!
And we know what our lessons are here:
1. Never marry a bullying grunter.
2. If you go to marriage counseling, don't make your kids wear matching t-shirts about it
3. I cannot understand Nebraskan accents very well.
4. Don't let dogs kill cats. Also, spay/neuter. (Okay, fine, I just threw spay/neuter in there and closed the post like Bob Barker for the hell of it because spay/neuter advocacy is my mission in life.)