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October 11, 2009

Cupcakes for Life

I was at a family get-together yesterday where we baked and decorated some Halloween cookies, which made me think about the very special day that I just learned about from a post on feministing: Pro-Life Cupcake Day. This year's PLCD was Friday, so I was thinking that I had missed my chance to share this wonderful project with you, but there's good news! I checked out the Cupcakes for Life site and it turns out that they've declared a whole Pro-Life Cupcake Week, and they say that you can make pro-life cupcakes any day of the year. So let's go ahead and check out the site so that we can all be well prepared for next year.

The feministing post points out this great Q & A from the FAQ page:

Q.) What if I run into a pro-choicer and they smash the cupcakes in my face?

A.) Wipe the cake off your face and share the rest of them with someone less angry inside. Go with courage and go with love, the unborn need you to be their voice.

Okay, who told them that we planned a Cupcake Smash Counterattack? It's hard to believe that this is really a frequently asked question or that this is seriously how the Cupcakes for Life crew envisions the majority of pro-choice people behaving. It seems to me like it would have been more productive to give some actual tips on how to engage with pro-choice people, but I guess that's too much to ask from cupcake-centered activism.

There are some other gems in this FAQ section:

Q.) Do I have to give out Pro-Life Cup cakes on National Pro-Life Cupcake day?

A.) YES, but you can make pro-life cup cakes any other day of the year as well! This is just one special day for cupcakes! Also the week of October 9th is National Pro-Life Cupcake week so anytime that week would be extra special!

Yes, YOU HAVE TO. No excuses, people.

Q.) Do I have to purchase an official National Pro-Life Cupcake day t-shirt to be involved with Cupcakes for life?

A.) No but having one would make the experience all the more fun!

It's amazing how much more fun this will be for us you after you give us a bunch of money for some of our fabulous shirts.

Q.) What should I say about abortion when I hand out my cupcakes?

A.) We really want to give you the freedom to say whatever you want but make sure you say something! If you don't know why you are pro-life do a little research online. The website: Abort73.com is a great place to start. The point of this entire project is to not remain silent about abortion so as long as you say something and pass out cupcakes you have accomplished your mission!

Between this weak answer and the whole cupcake smashing thing, I'm getting the impression that the Cupcakes for Life people just don't know what to tell you to say to people. And you've really gotta love 'if you don't know why you're pro-life, just research it online'. Is that for the people who just love cupcakes so much that they'll use any excuse to make some? If you don't know why you're pro-life...you probably shouldn't be whipping up a bunch of baked goods to try to convert people to your point of view.

Q.) What if my school won't allow me to bring in cup cakes?

A1.) Give them out before or after school!
A2.) Do it anyway and be quick about it! Also be very apologetic and kind if you get caught.
A3.) Ask for permission to bring in pre-packaged cupcakes from a bakery!
A4.) Just pass out flyers and make cupcakes after school and hand them out to your neighbors in the name of life. Whatever you do, don't give up when confronted by opposition!
A5.) Just hand them out somewhere besides school.
A6.) Ask to set up a table at your local grocery store.

Of course Answer 2 is my favorite here, but I guess it is Cupcakes for Life, not Cupcakes for Honesty. I think I'd actually have more respect for this if the answer was to openly disregard school rules as a civil disobedience sort of thing because you believe so much in the cause, rather than 'do what you want but if you get caught you should play dumb and apologize your way out of it so you don't get into any trouble'.

Q.) How do I decorate cupcakes?

A.) Decorating cupcakes is harder than it looks, if you're not good at it find someone who is. However, making crazy looking life-cakes is half the fun. Make sure to have lots of fun decorating cupcakes! We spent the entire time laughing and joking when we made ours. If you come up with some wild cakes please send them to us on our myspace.

Crazy looking? Wild? I see where you're going with this, Cupcakes for Life people. Do you know how hard it is to pipe an icing fetus onto a cupcake? I wonder which pastry tip Martha Stewart would recommend for that.

After reading about this campaign, there's one thing that I'm sure of...I really want a cupcake right now. When's Pro-Choice Cupcake Day?


ceirdwenfc said...

Where do I begin?

Just in case the pro-life people are listening - don't come to my kids' schools and give out cupcakes. I don't think I need to tell the pro-choice people that since just by the FAQ, they seem to have a little more common sense. What makes them think that I want my five year old inundated with pro-life rhetoric, which coincidentally always has a dead baby's picture involved. My child knows already, just from the fact of being here, that I CHOSE his life, but then again, I'm not a Republican Alaskan governor's daughter, which is the only person in the country allowed to make that choice.

As for the FAQ, I can think of several people into whose faces I'd like to smash a cupcake (the aforementioned Alaskan governor comes vividly to mind), but it wouldn't be because they are pro-life. It might be because they brought cupcakes to Johnny's school instead of teaching him to listen to other people's opinions and get along with others.

Are there defense of marriage cupcakes?

Or Obama birth certificate cupcakes? I suppose they could have bits of dried pineapple on them for emphasis.

What? No, cupcakes for Communism or Capitalism - pick your side - as long as there are yummy cupcakes in red, white and blue with little elephants on them.

I know I'm reaching here, but really the stupidity of some people really irritates me more than I can express properly.

Criss L. Cox said...

Yes, because the pro-choice side is the one known for random acts of violence...

Can we make maternal mortality cupcakes? Ooh! I know! RAPE CUPCAKES!! Whoo!!!


hannah said...

I definitely think we should have pro-choice cupcake day! What about sometime around 22 January?

LNNS said...


Maybe if pregnant teenage girls eat enough cupcakes, they'll be able to hide their pregnant bellies from their conservative parents who have been screaming at them not to premarital sex all these years!

... that's about the only sense i could begin to make on this concept.