first_imgIn July, Fergie released the music video to her new track, titled “M.I.L.F.$.” Now, this isn’t the American Pie acronym as we know it — Fergie has redefined M.I.L.F. as “Moms I’d Like To Follow.” Though Fergie claims the message of her song is about “empowering women who do it all,” the music video ironically hypersexualizes women and their consumption of milk. Similar to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” the Fergie video features a concupiscent “Milfman,” who lusts after dancing celebrity moms. However, the message of female empowerment gets lost in the overwhelming parts of the video that, absent of sound, can be mistaken for high-class porn. What really caught me off guard was the allusion to “Got Milk,” the American advertising campaign that vigorously promoted the consumption of cow’s milk through celebrity ads from 1993 to 2014. After an abrupt ending, the song resumed for its last hurrah, as a TV appeared with a twist on the iconic “Got Milk” campaign reading “got milf?” Following this message was what seemed to be a revival of the “Got Milk” campaigns — Fergie seductively poured milk all over her body while the other mothers drank milk and sported the infamous milk mustaches, perpetuating the myth that cow’s milk is a vital source of calcium and protein for bone and muscle growth. In contrast to the school curriculums that necessitate dairy as part of the food pyramid, Fergie taught her students about alternative milk substitutes as she played the role of a (sexy schoolgirl) teacher for a nutrition class. The list on the board included the terms almond, coconut, rice, hemp, soy, dairy, protein, calcium and calories.Though it’s unclear whether Fergie intended to endorse dairy — they could have been consuming almond milk — the lascivious use of the milk alluded “Got Milk” and the support of money-hungry dairy companies.The dairy industry is horrific. Since female cows only lactate when they’re pregnant or have a newborn to feed, dairy workers repeatedly artificially inseminate them starting at the age of 12 months to continually keep them pregnant. Confined to what the industry calls “rape racks,” the workers send tubes with bull semen up the female cow’s vaginas. Sometimes the workers even stick their fists inside the cows to loosen the area.When a female cow gives birth, the vicious cycle repeats itself. Female cows are taken from their mothers and raised to be milk machines, and male cows are slain before being sold as veal. The anguish the mother cow faces after having her babies torn from her sometimes results in days of continuous moans as she searches for her newborns.The habitual insemination of female cows results in premature aging, exhaustion and mastitis — inflammation and sometimes infection of the udder. Pus and blood is commonly found in cow’s milk and is filtered, but not always completely. In the U.S., 750,000 somatic cells are allowed per milliliter. Somatic cells, which in this case are mostly white blood cells, are the same as the pus that erupts from a giant zit.After usually four to five years of incessant exploitation, the female cow collapses, and is then taken to the meat industries to be slaughtered and sold as meat. Aside from the explicit abuse, dairy has time again proved to be detrimental to our health. In fact, the USDA, responsible for creating the food pyramid guidelines, had a team of their scientists look into the scientific basis of the claims made in the “milk mustache” ads. The department revealed that milk doesn’t actually benefit sports performance. It also stated that dairy is linked to prostate cancer and heart diseases and causes digestive problems for 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance (maybe because humans aren’t meant to consume cow’s milk!). Finally, a more well-known fact is that countries with the lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption — Africa and Asia, for instance — have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.Needless to say, you can get all of the calcium and protein you need from plant-based sources, such as kale, spinach, almonds,tofu, tempeh, tahini, beans, bread and broccoli.While Got Milk’s campaign should have been called Got Beastiality or Got Pus, Fergie was spot on with “Got Milf,” as she’s proved with her 112 million Youtube views that sex sells.However, had Fergie continued to extend upon the message of female empowerment, she could have sparked social change for females — both women, by delving into the celebrities’ success as leading figures — and cows, by advocating for plant-based milks.Tessa Nesis is a sophomore majoring in NGOs and social change.  Her column, “The Sentient Bean,” runs on Thursdays.last_img read more


first_imgGlengoole United hosted Clonmel Celtic, the full-time result was Glengoole 1 Clonmel 5.That result puts Kenny O’Shea Celtic side top of the Premier Division League on 29 points with three games at hand. In the South Tipp Premier League Clonmel Town took on St Michaels this afternoon. That game finished Clonmel Town 2-3 St Michaels.  Carrick United have beaten Newmarket Celtic by three goals to nil to reach the final of this year’s competition. They’ll play Tralee in the final.last_img read more


first_imgKerry have made five changes, with manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice opting to leave Colm Cooper on the bench as James O’Donoghue returns to the Kingdom full-forward line.Fit-again David Moran returns to the Kerry midfield, while Cooper is joined on the bench by the likes of Aidan O’Mahony, Paul Murphy and Tommy Walsh.Cork have made just two changes from their semi-final win over Clare with full-back Eoin Cadogan and midfielder Fintan Goold returning at the expense of Conor Dorman and Colm O’Driscoll.last_img read more


first_imgLegon Cities FC and Ghana International goalkeeper, Fatau Dauda, has denied claims that he employed black magic (juju) against former Black Stars goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey in order to maintain his spot within the team.Reports were rife during and after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that tension existed between the two shot stoppers due to competition for places and this had forced Dauda to take the matter up in the spiritual realms.He was blamed for Kwarasey’s inconsistencies at the time and also the spate of injuries that he suffered immediately after the World Cup.“Yes, Ghanaians are saying it and I have heard it but that’s the nature of job.“If I have juju I will use it to secure a big deal outside to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona to make big money.“I pray a lot, not for performances but to God to protect me from injury.“I train a lot, I am 34 years but the training I go through I don’t think the young ones can match it.“I train and pray so I don’t know where that rumour is coming from,” he stated on The Tracker on Citi Tv.Dauda went on to add that contrary to reports, he has a very cordial relationship with Kwarasey which begun at Afcon 2013.“In 2013 at the AFCON he supported me a lot.“Before every game he would come to my room and tell me to go and do well.“He even gave me a phone one time because he had purchased a new one.“He asked me to give him any amount of money that I had so I could keep it because he likes me.“So I’m unsure where these things are coming from” he concluded.The veteran Dauda recently returned from a stint in Nigeria to feature for Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities FC.According to him his efforts are focused on helping the young team do well this campaign.last_img read more


first_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Third inning:Pitcher Brandon Woodruff hit a home run off Clayton Kershaw to tie the game at 1. 4th inning:Pitcher Clayton Kershaw was taken out of the game for the Dodgers after three innings pitched. He allowed six hits and four runs while striking out two. Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Check back for more. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Second inning:The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 of the NLCS after a solo home run by Manny Machado. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more