Women have long criticized men for compartmentalizing their problems or emotions. It's an enduring stereotype that many men seem to fulfill. But when it comes to eating the animals that are on our plates, fact is both men and women know how to compartmentalize. Many of us are masters of it.
The ability to compartmentalize when it comes to eating farm animals is twofold:
- We draw a distinct line between animals we live with and animals we eat. We allow ourselves to believe that only our pets like cats and dogs have feelings, and that their lives are more important than other animals like cows, pigs and chickens.
- We don’t like seeing pictures and videos of animal abuse and slaughter, so we avoid them or shut them out of our minds as we eat the animals who were tortured and killed to become our food.