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PETA Using Violence Against Women to Send Message

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I am completely horrified by PETA’s latest campaign. Recently PETA grabbed a couple of interns put them in bathing suits, slathered blood all over them and placed them in what appears to be giant shrink wrapped containers like the kind you find your meat in at the grocery store. I don’t know what bothers me, their methods for celebrating vegetarian week and getting the message across about how meat is murder (and their lack of concern for their interns) or the flagrant portrayal of violence against women. Here’s the link to the story at CommercialAppeal.com.

Image by Mike Brown / The Commercial Appeal

H/T Feministing

Written by Lissette

June 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm

Posted in misogyny

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  1. I’m glad you posted on this. I tried, but I got so bogged down in looking up PETA’s repeated examples of objectifying and demeaning women, and – worse – portraying sexualized images of violence against women…. well, it made me so upset that I lost all powers of coherence. I’m glad you have a level enough head to be able to express just what is wrong with stunts like these…

    habladora

    June 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm

  2. i dont see this as advocating violence against women at all. i actually see this as a feminist response to how all violence is wrong.

    http://www.queersunited.blogspot.com

    queerunity

    June 18, 2008 at 12:02 pm

  3. There are two things that sadden me about PETA:

    1. The fact that this organization thinks it’s okay to objectify people to get what they want.

    2. That the sexualization of women is so entrenched in our society that the women who participate in these demonstrations aren’t thinking critically about the larger message they’re sending. They’re obviously passionate about the PETA cause. But they’ve learned that the best way to further that cause is to participate in PETA’s objectification tactics rather than do something that doesn’t require them to undress.

    earlgreyrooibos

    June 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm

  4. QU-
    I think that one of the problems is that they are using the violent death of women – a real problem – as an analogy for another issue. Violence against women is all too common, and too commonly sexualized, to be taken lightly enough to be used to ‘make a point’ about any other cause.
    Earl Grey is right, PETA’s consistent dependence on objectified women shows a complete lack of critical thinking. Worse, perhaps, because they have received numerous complaints that showing women in bikinis being humiliated, objectified, or portrayed as victims of violence is not an appropriate tactic. PETA can no longer claim ignorance – each new stunt involving lots of cleavage and fake blood shows that they don’t care if their actions hurt women more than they help animals.

    habladora

    June 19, 2008 at 12:29 am

  5. I completely agree habladora! Their tactics will no sooner make a man/woman/child stop eating meat. It’s all about glorifying themselves for their cause. They continually do this to cause a stir so that people will look at their organization and don’t care about the damage that they’re causing to women or anyone else in the process. They just want the attention however they can get it and it’s sad they they continually use the objectification of women and – in this stunt – violence towards women to make a point.

    Lissette

    June 19, 2008 at 11:35 am

  6. OH WoW! Do they really think that this will win over people and unite them to their cause? I am finding that their Peta supporters are pretty much a little nut job too.

    Bullying – using God – and the adverse of what you want to represent – I guess if anything. I am beginning to believe that as a whole PETA likes animals more they humans and some people are like this.

    I posted a pic of Jessica Simpson w/a Real Women Eat Meat T Shirt on – PETA called her stupid and a host of other ignorant off topic things – not representative once again for a organization wanting to inspire others.

    Their 5 reasons not to eat Meat sounded like an immature 12 yr old wrote it. I’m getting ready to repost this.

    Thanks,

    Miss Vicki

    June 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

  7. i’ve never believed that PETA was really about protecting animals. i believe they are simply infantile, attention-seeking narcissists, who could easily switch from animal rights to any other “cause,” because it’s not about the cause itself, but the right fighting and ego stroking. of course they glamorize violence against women, it turns heads.

    youyeahyou

    September 3, 2008 at 6:57 pm

  8. [...] is not the first time Peta has done this, and I’m sure it won’t be the [...]


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