Thursday, August 2, 2012

Chick-fil-a, Al-Jazeera, and the politics of spankos

Being a secret spanko, in some ways I can identify with gays and lesbians.  Like them, I get my sexual jollies in ways that makes most of society uncomfortable.  For a heterosexual male, I'd say I'm very un-homophobic.  I have a gay friend at work.  He's funny.

Having said all that, I think the Chick-fil-a controversy is absolutely silly, and can't understand why both sides are worked up about it.  

I've noticed several tweets from among spanking industry folks about it, and it made me think about the odd mix of politics among spankos.  On the one hand, the vast majority of spanking stories one reads on the internet are extremely traditional.  Family values and a firm-handed but golden-hearted leader of the household husband is a theme of story after story. There's the whole extremely conservative domestic discipline type realm of spankingland.  On the other hand, there's the sexually liberated, spanking porn producing, probably way more vocal side of spankingland. 

Here's my take on the controversy, by way of an analogy... Probably 90% of the time I get gas it's from eating Mexican food one of two convenience stores.  I try to avoid going into each of them, but sometimes I do.  

One is a significantly grungier than the other.  It's filled with regular convenience store junk food, candy, gum, Coke, beer, etc... but it also has a truly bizarre collection of... knick-knacks and knives and just weird stuff.  The guys behind the counter barely speak English, and behind the counter there are nudie magazines and an ancient little TV set turned to a foreign language station that I swear is Al-Jazeera.  On Saturdays a lady works there and she wears a scarf over her head even in this dreadful heat.  I'm pretty sure the owners of the place have religious beliefs that are significantly different from mine.

The other is also full of unhealthy stuff,  but it's bigger, brighter, cleaner, and the people behind the counter are pimply clean cut white kids that are extremely friendly.

I don't really care though.  I go to the one on the side of the street I'm on either going to or coming home from work.  That's how I feel about this Chick-fil-a controversy.  If my kids want chicken nuggets, I'd rather take them to Chick-fil-a where the nuggets are pieces of chicken breasts than McDonald's where the nuggets are pieces of chicken parts.  That's it.  I'm certainly not making a political statement.

Good question!  But they sure seem to a lot recently.  Or at least one side or the other THINKS they do.  According to this article I read on CNN.com, Chick-fil-a is not alone in being the subject of a political food fight.  In the last several years the National Organization of Women attempted a nationwide boycott of Domino's pizza; gay rights and pro-choice advocates have protested against Carl's Jr.; Wendy's, under fire from conservatives, pulled it's advertising from the then-controversial show "Ellen" after she came out on the show, which prompted gay and lesbian protests of Wendy's; conservatives protested against Burger King for their ads, gays protested when McDonald's said it wouldn't air ads featuring gay people, but conservatives protested when McDonald's was a sponsor of a gay pride parade in San Fransisco. Whew! 

I'm sure I'll go to Chick-fil-a again, but I won't go this week.  Not that I'm protesting, but... because it's crowded!

14 comments:

  1. I think people have the right to be offended at whatever offends them, but I also think they don't have the right to tell me what to do. Someone posted on FB saying that he was going to delete anyone who posted a picture of him/herself at CFA yesterday and that from now on anyone who ate there was directly disrespecting him...and that his "true" friends better not eat there. Did not sit well with me.

    I avoided CFA due to the crowds and I don't get much into these kinds of brouhahahs, but I will say that CFA has the nicest customer service of any fast food place I've ever been to.

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    1. I'm sorry your friend seems to have turned this issue into a litmus-test. Agree with your second paragraph.

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  2. Much ado about nothing. I think some feel they have been pushed to far by the left and this is their push back.

    I think the spanko community is more left than right.

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    1. Not sure about the spanking community as a whole, but I think it's accurate that the left-leaning spankos are more vocal and make up a majority of the blogs I read. I don't have an answer, but I'd be curious to know.

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  3. I read the articles you referenced and the articles they referenced and I'm fairly certain no one could make sufficient sense of this to influence their thinking, so the Right will stay right and the Left will stay left, throwing bits of chicken at each other.

    I don't even have your nutritional criteria, I eat where it tastes the best. Equal opportunity offender :)

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    1. I think you're absolutely right. Er... absolutely correct. Those other examples just show how fast food is another battleground.

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  4. I've never eaten there, and most likely never will, as I don't eat fried food. I agree, the flap over this is huge and angry and blown way out of proportion. But I think it's just a small piece of the bigger picture; the issue of gay rights is a firestorm in this country right now. And even though it's probably silly to give a damn what some idiot chicken-monger thinks is a proper marriage, we do anyway.

    What personally pissed me off was when Sarah Palin threw herself into the fray, posting pictures of herself at Chick-Fil-A, smiling smugly and giving a thumbs-up. She just couldn't help herself, could she. My reaction? Anything that effing moron endorses is an automatic Must To Avoid for me!

    However, if others want to still eat there, that is indeed their prerogative.

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    1. That line about a chicken-monger... that was pretty funny! I saw pictures of Sarah Palin and and Rick Santorum in Chickfila when I was looking up illustrations for this post. When I go there I hope I don't run into either her or gay people kissing. Will stick to the drive-thru!

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  5. I read in your post about head scarfs. Here in my adopted home of Belgium, there is now a law banning face covering scarves of every kind. The bee keepers are really angry about it.

    light relief comment over.

    Prefectdt

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    1. Thanks for that! I bet Belgians think this is another example of Americans being silly. By the way, wasn't it Belgium that went a year without a government and it wasn't that big a deal? Maybe I had the wrong European country, and maybe it was a big deal, but I thought I remember that from awhile back.

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  6. I've never eaten at CFA to begin with and I'm not about to start now, lol! It has nothing to do with politics, but more that the type of food they sell is the opposite of the way I eat. I eat a plant based diet and rarely, if ever eat fried foods.

    But, yeah, I think the whole thing is silly. On the other hand, I'm certainly not going to be the food police and tell people where they can and cannot eat. If they want to look like a fat pig, that's their prerogative;)!

    Love,
    Kitty

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    1. Are you kidding? Chick-fil-a is healthfood! I mean, I could be taking the kids to Sonic for a corndog, right?

      (kidding!) (mostly) :)

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  7. I just think it's starting to get old at this point. Plus I didn't even know what store/restaurant that was because we don't have any around here. I'm on the side of gays though. Rather astounded at the amount of anti-gay people who went to eat at the place. Do they do any other "helpful" activities? I'm just saying. Why don't people do something to actually HELP someone in someway instead of just eating somewhere to be "anti-gay." Do something helpful - really helpful, and I don't care who you are - you're a good person.

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  8. Now fB, I'm sure all the people eating there last week weren't anti-gay... they were just being supportive of the Chick-fil-a's CEO's right to express his religious beliefs! okay, so maybe that was a bit sarcastic. I'm sure many of those supporting it last week were doing so because they are anti-gay. I'm not anti-gay, but neither am I refraining from eating there in support of gays and lesbians- I didn't want to eat there because I figured the large crowds would sort of defeat the purpose of "fast" food.

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