I came across this odd piece of news. Make of it what you will.
PETA to Launch Porn Site
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is taking things to a new level with plans to launch its own XXX porn site, which is expected to go live in December.
The site is intended to promote veganism. Visitors to the site will get to view porn and images from their campaigns, mixed in with gruesome video clips of animals suffering and, for real, vegetarian starter kits and recipes. So it would go something like boobs, some sex, screaming pigs being brutalized, boobs, vegan spicy thai tofu recipe?
“We’re hoping to reach a whole new audience of people, some of whom will be shocked by graphic images that maybe they didn’t anticipate seeing when they went to the PETA triple-X site,” said Lindsay Rajt, PETA’s associate director of campaigns.
The question is who, exactly, is PETA targeting with this site? It seems that anyone that would be drawn to a site that combines pornography and violence would be the same type of person who might actually be into crush porn, and not someone who’s looking to adopt a more compassionate lifestyle or help end the exploitation of animals or humans.
PETA is no stranger to being in the spotlight of controversy and drawing criticism from animal welfare and rights supporters, vegans, women’s rights groups… and sane people everywhere with no particular group affiliation.
“Exploiting porn to get people’s juices going seems lame; exploiting pornographic images only of women to make their point is retrograde and misogynist,” said Jill Dolan, director of the program in gender and sexuality studies at Princeton University. “Come on, PETA. Don’t be Neanderthals.”
According to Rajit, the women who will participate are doing so willfully and it would actually be anti-feminist not to let them do whatever they want with their bodies, which some postmodern feminists might agree with.
Unfortunately, PETA seems to miss the point entirely when it comes to ending suffering and exploitation of sentient beings, both human and non-human animal, and instead chooses to use sex to send a message. Their sensationalistic tactics send a contradictory message that reinforces the idea that women and animals are still nothing more than commodities, promotes unrealistic and unhealthy beauty and weight standards, and completely undermines the whole premise of veganism.
It’s also almost too ironic, considering PETA just freaked out over a photo of a plucked chicken being “too sexy.”