Sometimes I think it would be handy to have two husbands. I don’t think my husband would like this idea very much and there’s also the small problem of its being illegal so I’ll just have to make do with one. But I’m probably as close as I’m going to get to having two husbands just now and it’s rather nice. We’re living in what locals call a “double upper”. It’s a terraced home spanning three levels. We have the upper two levels and someone – my “second husband” – has the bottom level. We share the backyard with him and the guy who lives there mows the lawn! How fabulous is that! Not that I’m saying husbands are only good for mowing the lawn, that’s not what I mean at all. They are good for lots of other things too :)
George Monbiot – he can be my second husband any time – wrote a good article in the Guardian yesterday called If you must eat meat, save it for Christmas. He makes the point that our ancestors did not eat as much meat as we do. Once upon a time meat was reserved for special feasts like Christmas and this made it a privilege and a gift. Now most people in the developed world eat meat everyday and more than once a day and not only is it making us fat and sick, it’s also harming our planet. It’s quite extraordinary to think that there are some 59 billion farm animals alive at any given moment just to satisfy our desire for meat.
He goes on to say that one of the biggest barriers to becoming vegan or vegetarian is that most people just want to fit in and there are so few of us in the developed world who eat only plants. This is so true. Perhaps rather than giving up meat completely, we should try to save meat for special occasions only and stick with plants the rest of the time just as our ancestors did.
I find it strange that people talk about the objectification of women and how it is a bad thing and then we call dead animals “meat” but no-one bats an eyelid. I don’t think you can find language more objectifying that this. Although notice that I have used this word myself. Perhaps I am just trying to fit in. Fabric with sexy women on it is not objectifying women but calling dead animals meat is objectifying animals in my humble opinion.
It turns out my second National Insurance Number is a temporary one. HM Revenue & Customs haven’t issued me with two after all. Instead they sent me a temporary number to tide me over for two whole days until the real one arrived, which it did, about two days after the temporary one and two months after I applied for it :)