Still Perfecting Nature
As I was waiting for the bus the other night, I noticed this
advertisement for a dairy company. Now, I don't claim to
pay much attention to ads plastered on the sides of buses,
but something about this ad made me look twice. It was as
if something was not quite right about it.
Granted, I didn't have time to look at this ad for very
long before the bus pulled away, but after a few minutes
I realized what was wrong with it… They airbrushed the
udders away! That's right, they gave poor bovine an
On one hand this is fascinating… here is a company whose
livelihood depends on those very cow udders that they removed.
If we didn't consume their bovine teat secretions, they'd
be out of business.
However, this is public relations and it isn't surprising at all.
I mean, when Gary Larson drew heifer mammory glands, it was funny, but can you
imagine the questions parents would have to face if the cows, in such an
anthropomorphic position, were to display their breasts with such prominence?
There may also be a more archtypical motive. We have
always had a problem with nature in its raw form. We somehow,
would like to improve it. As necessary as the maggots on the
carcass and the bacteria in our colons are, we want to pretend
that such "uncleanliness" doesn't exist. View a more pure form
of the world… more to our imagination and ideals.
Most people would gaze with horror if I went into a pasture
and massaged some cow boobies and filled up a glass of milk
and offered up a drink. But this view is to be expected from a
culture so distant from Nature and the nature of things.
I also think it would be funny if this picture of the cow
and the hula-hoops was shakin' her big ol' tits back and
forth… the ultimate milkshake.
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