The National Porkettes have decided to change their name. The original name came from a tradition among women's auxiliary groups of giving themselves whimsical labels, such as the Cowbelles, the Wheathearts, the Gal Gobblers, the Peach Partners and the Egg Gals, pertaining to the products they promote.
But for the Porkettes, a group formed late in 1963 by 26 wives of pork producers to help promote their husbands' product, the burden of ridicule became too great.
"Even I catch myself saying, 'I ate like a pig today,' though I know how wrong that is," Janeen Chamberlain, a Porkette, told the Chicago Tribune.
"It's an image problem," she continued. "I can't tell you how many times people have yelled 'sooo-eeee' at me and grunted and called me Porky Pig," said Chamberlain, who is slim.
"The more we got into the city, the more we found that the minute you said, 'I'm a Porkette,' conversation would stop dead," said Kaye Anderson, national director of the Minnesota Porkettes. "It wasn't a professional-sounding name, and we weren't being taken seriously."
The 4-to-3 vote at this week's American Pork Congress at the Hoosierdome in Indianapolis helped make the Porkettes' name history. From now on, the Porkettes wish to be referred to as the National Pork Council Women.