A cultural analyst is not surprised to see that a member of the women's studies department at a New York university is accusing the dairy industry of "raping" and "sexually assaulting" cows.
Mackenzie April, a staffer at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Brockport, contends in her article that inseminating and milking dairy cows are sexual crimes. But Janice Crouse, author of Children at Risk, says radical leftists tend to blur the lines between animal and human life.
"You've got a whole group of people who think animal life is equal to human life and that there's no distinction," she says. "I wonder when they're going to move to vegetables."
Crouse does not believe the academic journal Dissenting Voices, a SUNY publication, cares about risking its credibility.
"It's the kind of thing that academic journals enjoy," she observes. "It's esoteric. It's kind of far-out. It's cutting edge. It's pushing the envelope, etc."
In addition to "rape" and "sexual assault," April argues the bovines are also subjected to nonconsensual hormone treatments and trauma related to pregnancy.