Cal Poly prof. laments ‘racialized’ media bias against eastern fox squirrel

Cal Poly prof. laments ‘racialized’ media bias against eastern fox squirrel
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[Ed. – Whatever else you may say about our countrymen in Michigan, they do know what to do with squirrels of any “race” up there.  And no, the academic Squirrel-Whisperer here isn’t divining racialized bias in the sciurine media.  The “racialized” bias against the squirrel is in the HUMAN media.  Whoever decided back many years ago that we were “homo ‘sapiens'” certainly had a sense of humor.  (That, or Lloro-Bidart is the cleverest parodist on the planet.  In which case, my hat is eternally off to her.)]

Teresa Lloro-Bidart, an associate professor of liberal studies at Cal Poly, argues in a recently published postmodernist research paper that eastern fox squirrels are on the receiving end of racially-charged media bias. Lloro-Bidart claims that she worked towards such a conclusion by analyzing the coverage of eastern fox squirrels through “feminist posthumanist,” and “feminist food studies” lenses.

Lloro-Bidart contends that eastern fox squirrels, which is the most populous species of tree squirrel in North America, are on the receiving end of such bigotry due to several factors, most notably, the “western, modernist,” framework by which humans interpret their behaviors and actions. …

The paper, which is titled, “When ‘Angelino’ squirrels don’t eat nuts: a feminist posthumanist politics of consumption across southern California,” also argues that humans are responsible for “otherizing” eastern fox squirrels.

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