Monday, July 09, 2007

The Running Of The...Cows?

We're all familiar with the "Running Of The Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. If you don't quite remember what it entails here's a clip to help jog your memory.

As you can see, it's a pretty crazy event, and oftentimes the participants get gored by the bulls' horns. However, that just adds to the level of danger involved with running from a herd of bulls down a narrow street. Getting trampled is one thing, but getting speared by a bull horn is something else entirely. However, a group in Spain is calling for an all-women version of the "Running Of The Bulls" using only cows.

That's right, women in Pamplona want their own bull-run, eventhough they're allowed to compete in the traditional "Running Of The Bulls", and they want to use only cows.

"Women in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona, world-famous for its ferocious bull-running festival, are demanding their own version complete with cows instead of bulls.

A student Web site,, set the ball rolling with its campaign "Cows want to run" which asks for a separate encierro, as the bull-runs are known, where only women are allowed to take part."

What the hell? What happened to the whole men and women are equals movement? Isn't this sort of a step backward, and doesn't it sort of portray women as being weaker than men? They're free to run from the bulls alongside the men, but they want their own "cow-run"?

Cows are good for a lot of things(burgers, milk, cheese), but participating in a dangerous running event isn't one of them. Someone should tell those women to stop bull-shitting, and start bull-running.

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