You know what I’m sick of? Peta. I’m sick of seeing women naked, tied-up, abused and degraded for any reason, and it seems even worse when it’s in the name of another kind of equality movement. Is it really necessary? I understand their aim, I think, to give their advertisements more shock-value, to make them sexual and erotic to get people’s attention. But to sacrifice women’s integrity for the sake of animal rights seems wholly unprecedented and over-the-top. To see women’s bodies degenerated to the level of livestock, or worse, makes me want to eat 70 cheeseburgers in a mink coat and leather pants.
Not angry enough? More after the jump.
Women’s bodies are not meat. They cannot be packaged as sexual commodities and compared to animals. You know where I found this image?? On a list entitled “Peta’s 20 Hottest and Most Provocative Ads Ever”. You want to know what’s not sexy?? DEAD WOMEN! I understand wanting to appeal to human empathy, trying to put the viewer in the place of the animal. But it’s not just your average person that’s being represented. It’s almost exclusively thin, naked women. OR they show larger women in cages as either “pigs” or “whales”. We DO NOT need more reinforcement that women’s bodies don’t matter, that they should be subjected to abuse or commodification. I don’t know the history of these ads, or when Peta decided to appeal to society’s misogyny, but it’s got to stop. Sacrificing women for animal rights makes like political movements are in some sort of media war where one cannot find any social footing while another persists. I’m sympathetic with the movement. I am. But I cannot get behind any group that wants to appeal to my loins with images of battered or eroticized women, for any cause.