Earlier this week, I found out from Feministe that PETA will launch a porn site. Wait, don’t they do that already what with their marketing campaigns chock full of nude women and scantily clad celebs?? Nope, folks…this time they’re pushing past titillation and doing it for reals. The controversial animal rights group’s XXX site will fuse adult content with vegan images. Naturally.
PETA spokeswoman Lindsay Rajt told the Huffington Post:
“We live in a 24 hour news cycle world and we learn the racy things we do are sometimes the most effective way that we can reach particular individuals. Instead of focusing on anti-fur, the porn site will raise awareness of veganism. We really want to grab people’s attention, get them talking and to question the status quo and ultimately take action, because the best way we can help the greatest number of animals is simply by not eating them.”
As a vegan feminist, I’m thrilled to engage people in a dialogue about food politics and animal rights. But I’m so fucking tired of PETA pulling this bullshit. While I understand the desire to get the message out, I cannot abide by the objectification of women’s bodies in the name of animal rights. I don’t automatically have a problem with people posing nude. But PETA continually utilizes sexism, misogyny and fat shaming to garner attention. They continually depict images of women being abused, chained, caged or murdered. Violence against women is an issue that should be taken seriously; not used as an advertising gimmick.You shouldn’t slight one cause to further another.