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 Post subject: The term "MoFo" is apparently offensive to some???
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:07 pm 
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I was looking at a local vegan Facebook page and people found the term "MoFo" to be offensive...their brains went to MotherF*cker and not Month of Food...

I was totally blown away by this and think some people are being babies about it, they've even gone so far as to not read blog posts, try recipes, share on FB, etc. (that just seems totally dumb, there are so many awesome posts!)

PPK, what are your thoughts? I am just insensitive or are these vegans whack?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:08 pm 
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That's the dumbest thing I've heard all day.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:09 pm 
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That's the dumbest thing I've heard all day.

Glad I'm not the only one...I am still trying to wrap my head around it!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:15 pm 
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That's...what makes the name cool?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:15 pm 
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Seriously? This says a lot about them.....and where their minds wander.

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Seriously, a comparison to PETA? WHAT THE FORK
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dunno, i think there's a difference between fun, edgy and clever, and then there's obnoxious, crude and poor taste, which groups like PETA frequently indulge in. It's sort of like Colbert vs Beavis & Butthead. And i dunno if 'mofo' is something i want to associate with vegan activism, but maybe that's just me!

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it's not just you. even if they weren't intending for it to be a short form of motherf*cker, it is often taken that way. the term motherf*cker is misogynistic and problematic for multiple reasons. although im not horribly offended by it, i still tend to not want to post any of their recipes, etc because i also dont want to be associated with a group called "mofo".

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Thanks, i concur. And it may not be a group, but there are certainly individuals promoting this. Again, i love the outcome, but the name was poorly considered, and alienates a great many as well who would rather not associate veganism with backward-thinking like misogyny (which is implied in the term 'mofo'). Surely we can come up with something better than that to 'tag onto'...??

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:24 pm 
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Geez, we're all here just trying to have a good wholesome time and they gotta go ruin it with their dirty minds.

Seriously though, it's pretty ridiculous that they would go out of their way to boycott it.

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Seriously though, it's pretty ridiculous that they would go out of their way to boycott it.

Those are the kind of vegans that I don't want to affiliate with...why go out of your way to alienate a group of fun loving vegans, trying to spread the word and inform others about a really great lifestyle??

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It's just ridiculous... but a little funny at the same time?


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That's...what makes the name cool?


For real. They might as well boycott PETA because some people say it stands for "People Eating Tasty Animals."

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I actually had to have somebody ask me about the usage of it before I even went there. That was last year. She wasn't offended, just found it funny.
I don't like the *other* term that mofo stands for, but my gosh...lighten up.

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I think they're ridiculous, but then again I'd never seen that use of the term before (and it makes no sense to me). If you google "mofo" the first hit is a law firm.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:40 pm 
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Pfft, their loss.

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My mother was seriously disappointed when she found out what VeganMoFo really stands for. People, maybe we are wrong for getting people hopes up.


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Someone wrote a really hilariously offended blog post about how Vegan MoFo was super sexist either last year or the year before. If people can't get over it, then I just don't know what to say. They must have awfully easy lives to have time to worry about such trivial stuff.

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I tried to find the blog post and can't. :(

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:50 pm 
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But... aren't you supposed to think "motherf*cker"? Isn't that why it's a fun name?

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Also, it was a riff on NaNoWriMo.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:13 pm 
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Every time I hear it it makes me think of the giant law firm Morrison and Foerster, which goes by MoFo for short in the Big Law community. But that's 'cause I'm a nerd.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:22 pm 
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People are weird. I don't think "motherf*cker" is a misogynistic word. "Vegan Mofo" is funny!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:26 pm 
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People are weird. I don't think "motherf*cker" is a misogynistic word. "Vegan Mofo" is funny!


I guess I can see how the term could be misogynistic, but I never even thought about it until now. Still not offended though!

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:44 pm 
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Maggie Muggins wrote:

Seriously though, it's pretty ridiculous that they would go out of their way to boycott it.

Those are the kind of vegans that I don't want to affiliate with...why go out of your way to alienate a group of fun loving vegans, trying to spread the word and inform others about a really great lifestyle??


I'm totally down with the MoFo...but, to be fair, the people who are offended by the term probably feel that we are going out of our way to alienate a group of fun loving vegans (them)...so while I am personally not bothered by the term, I feel like it's relevant to at least acknowledge that some people are. I don't think anyone here is purposely trying to alienate anybody, but I have to admit, if the name for the event had a word that offended me in the name -- like, oh, I don't know, VeganFaggot? -- I would probably not want to participate.

So basically...I don't entirely agree, but I get it why they're upset.

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