The thing about propaganda as distinct from plain old lying—to my mind at least—is that propaganda techniques are required when the lie is a really big one; like when the truth is the exact 180 degree opposite. So what propaganda seeks to achieve is to set up a suggestion or expectation, and confirmation bias and the placebo effect does the rest.
For example, if it’s drummed into you that Jews are the cause of all your troubles in pre-WWII Germany, then sure enough, as they are driven from their homes and businesses, every up-tick in your life is confirmation of the lie. And then when things get even worse for you over time as war takes hold, you’re convinced things are actually better.
By now probably a lot of you have see the new BWVAKTBOOM (“Boyfriend Went Vegan and Knocked the Bottom out of Me”) campaign launched by PeTA.
For years, women have been open to the physical, emotional, and karmic benefits of veganism. But now, more and more men are discovering the perks of a plant-based diet. More specifically, a dramatic increase in their wang power and sexual stamina.
Unfortunately, the consequences of all this mind-blowing intercourse can often lead to sex injuries such as whiplash, pulled muscles, rug burn, and even a dislocated hip.
Uh, let’s just call me…skeptical. Here’s the video.
I guess this image is indicative of what they wish to portray.
Uh….m’kay. Moving right along….
Here’s a Yahoo news piece that questions whether the video is “offensive,” makes light of violence against women…you know: the typical hand-wringing, socially conscious clap trap that passes for “news” so often these days.
An actual news piece might have gathered some sources together to speak to the actual veracity of the assertion. So let me help out there, since it didn’t occur to Dylan Stableford to do so. First of all, some Google search suggestions: vegan low libido; vegan male libido…you get the idea. And just a casual stroll through the links ought to be enough to convince you that this is not only an extremely dubious claim on the surface, but that at least anecdotally, appears to be, in reality, the exact opposite.
Hence, the need for the propagandist website and video. Nothing new for PeTA, though, as they—along with the CSPI stunt goons—have been engaged in hyperbole, propaganda, fear mongering and who knows what else for as long as they’ve been around.
And then we have this raw vegan.
Now I didn’t actually watch the entire 8 minutes, but watching about half of it was plenty to note the following:
1. Once he lost his body fat was when his libido crashed, suggesting that there’s probably a honeymoon period while you still have fat stores to burn, and most people have plenty of those.
2. Far from considering it a problem, he actually rationalizes how it’s better.
Another great resource is Rhys Southan, an ex-vegan who writes at letthemeatmeat.com, and among other things, interviews many raw vegans. Searching his site for “sex” brings up the typical stuff. Here’s a quote from a Denise Minger interview.
Raw vegan women are also known for ceasing menstruation. In the scientific world, this is called amenorrhea. In the raw vegan world, this is called “being free from toxins,” because reproductive abilities are a clearly a sign of disease. Raw vegan men are also freed from the shackles of a sex drive and typically experience a libido plunge.
Another good resource is beyondveg.com and here’s site search results for libido.
I suppose the question I have is, are natural born liars drawn disproportionately to a raw vegan diet, does a raw vegan diet lead to brain rot that leads to automatic lying and dishonestly, or is it simply the case that this sort of thing is business as usual for strong ideological movements, especially when science runs counter to their claims?