PETA goes all the way (literally) to create a porn site

PETAWe all know us feminists just love to hate PETA. Their shock-and-awe campaigns are among the most racist, offensive and completely unrelated to their actual cause of perhaps any “advocacy” organization that exists. (I say “advocacy” in quotes because I think their self-identification as one that actually promotes animal rights advocacy is a joke.)

Anyway, perhaps the most popular of offenses that PETA loves to capitalize on is the objectification of women; between strip-teasing quizzes to body scans to naked lady celebrities, there is no sexist cliche too tacky for these folks. And now, they’ve gone as far as they could possibly go in this area – by planning to create their own pornographic website.

Lindsay is right to predict this may just be one of their gimmicks and the site may actually not be built at all — but I really, really hope they do. They’ll lose the remainder of little respect they have left by the general public (and most public endorsements by high profile individuals to boot). It’s not like sex-hating is okay either, but come on — it’s about time their tired antics be put to bed already.

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  1. Posted August 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I would celebrate the demise of PETA, but I’m afraid I will never get the chance.

  2. Posted August 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    That article is hilarious. “…it’s a natural progression for the organization, even though porn is less reliably degrading to women than PETA …”

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’ve long suspected that PETA is secretly funded by the meat lobby. Why else would they continually present campaign after campaign that leave vegetarians and vegans as the object of ridicule, *both* from the right and from the left-leaning groups that would otherwise probably be supporting them. This is just further proof for my conspiracy theory that PETA’s true mission is to make veg folks look like jerks.

  3. Posted August 22, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I’m not surprised……

  4. Posted August 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    As a feminist and a vegan, I’m constantly embarassed by PETA’s choices. I’m sick of them representing the vegetarian community! Whenever people ask if I’m “one of those PETA people” (yes, this is something people actually ask me- often) I want to tell them that most vegans oppose ALL exploitation which includes the exploitation of women. I will never, ever be a PETA person!

  5. Posted August 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    It’s not like sex-hating is okay either, but come on — it’s about time their tired antics be put to bed already.”

    Agreed it’s time for an end to the antics, but am I the only person that finds it troubling that the tone of the last paragraph is that we should be rejoicing in the fact that porn being shamed/being a tool to disrupt endorsement/being seen as something devoid of “respect” is a good thing?

    “They’ll lose the remainder of little respect they have left by the general public”

    probably, but is it really a great thing that the public will do that? It’s like saying that we support this attitude of thinking porn is inherently wrong/dirty/degrading, so long as it’s used against groups we don’t agree with?

    • Posted August 25, 2011 at 1:00 am | Permalink

      I see your point, but what are animal rights activists doing running a porn site, anyway? I think the whole idea is that porn and animal rights are so completely not connected to one another so we shouldn’t take PETA as a group that seriously cares about animal rights at the point at which they go from selling porn-y (degrading) ads that advocate for animal rights to just selling straight up porn with supposed animal rights filled in as an after-thought.

  6. Posted August 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    I have to go with Amanda on this. As a feminist and a vegan I have never been able to jump on the PETA bandwagon and I have never been able to understand how exploiting not just women but pregnant women as well does anything to aid in the plight of anything.
    I find it kind of ironic that PETA tells us not to eat animals just because everyone is doing it when it is clearly wrong and yet they are objectifying women when it is clearly wrong just because, I feel, everyone else is doing it in their marketing campaigns and PETA feels that they need to go with the crowd on this one.
    It is sad that so many people assume all animal rights activists are aligned with PETA, because truly we are not.

  7. Posted August 22, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    This is something I struggle with. Like almost any organization out there, I don’t support everything PETA does, but I would be lying if I said they weren’t a reliable source for many things vegan and a huge reason why I even went veg in the first place. 

    I think they’re trying to jump on board with the “sex sells” method of advertisement. 

    I can’t say I’m really bothered by a porn site but PETA having a porn site is kind of odd… Why? What is the purpose of creating a porn site? Id like to read more about this because it seems out of left field. Lol 

    I’m so glad I signed up for this site. Its good to be informed about things. What racist things has PETA done? Apparently I’ve missed a lot.

    • Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:09 am | Permalink

      Dressing up as the KKK to protest the Westminster Dog Show and the billboards they wanted to post on the US-Mexico border fence are two at the top of my head.

  8. Posted August 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    http://www.theonion.com/video/advocacy-group-decries-petas-inhumane-treatment-of,14359/

    I think the Onion was spot-on when they write that “…[peta] has no intention of stopping until animals have more rights than women”

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