I wonder…

if the meat from a chicken is called chicken

and the meat from a lamb is called lamb

and fish is called fish…

why isn’t the meat from a cow called cow

or the meat from a pig called pig?

Would there be more vegetarians or vegans if food was named what it is in reality vs. a euphemism that removes the animal one more step away from the plate.  Instead, what we buy in the supermarket is “hamburger” or “steak” and it is easy to forget about its true origin.

Are there elements in your work that have a label which glosses over the reality?  Is remedial education really a failed education?  Is domestic violence really brutal assault?  Or sustainability efforts really pollution prevention?  

Sometimes the reality can change if the label changes.  Think carefully about what you call things.

— beth triplett

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