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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 04:35 PM
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Advocacy group decries PETA's inhumane treatment of women.
http://www.theonion.com/content/video/advocacy_group_de...

I have to admit, this isn't too far from being serious enough to agree with.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 05:40 PM
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1. Except that everyone in those sexist PeTA ads...
has through their own free-will chosen to "exploit" their own sexuality or nudity to further a cause they believe in.

It's their body and their choice.

I can't argue that the ads are in good taste or even effective, but I can argue that exploitation requires the non-complicity of the exploited. Willing participants in pornography aren't exploited either. Both are objectified certainly but that's the point in the case of the PeTA ads...it's intentional, in-your-face (and some media theorists argue tongue-in-cheek) objectification meant to reflect the organizational position that use of animal products is also objectification of a living thing. Not condemning or condoning the delivery, just saying I understand the message.

It's "inhumanity" is a mirror reflection of the worst offenders of animal cruelty. People pay more attention to staged exploitation and objectification when it is directed at women than they do when actual exploitation and objectification is directed at cows, monkeys, pigs, whales, cats or fish.

Certainly, as an animal activist and a vegetarian, I support that message.

(Disclosure: Chan790 was offered an interview with PeTA for a position in PR/Communications months ago which he declined for reasons of not wanting to work to create promotional campaigns he thought counterproductive.)
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 05:45 PM
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2. If this were GD
the sound of exploding heads would sound like thunder around the world.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 05:54 PM
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3. That logic is problematic because it arbitrarily limits the exploitation to the woman in the ad.
By that reasoning, it must also be argued that no woman's actions can further the exploitation of other women as long as the woman herself has acted by her own will and without duress, and as long as she doesn't directly compromise any other woman's free will or subject her to duress.

It even suggests that no woman is exploited by the exploitation of any other women.


I'm not condemning the delivery, either, but I view it as imprecise and unhelpfully sensationalistic.

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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 07:05 PM
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4. I don't know - the sex with vegetables ad was pretty hot!
Wouldn't THAT be a fun one to cross-post to GD!!!
:rofl: at the thought!
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Mugu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-18-09 07:28 PM
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5. PETA's latest billboard in Jacksonville FL.
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