Monday, August 11, 2008

Amanda Beard: PETA and Olympic Pussy Pimping

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The new slogan is "Be Comfortable In Your Own Skin".  Why is it that for PETA the body on display is always female?  I am very sure that very few would dispute the worthiness of their cause, or question their dedication, but I fail to see how pandering to the lowest common denominator achieves the goal of preventing animal cruelty.  Pimps benefit from womens bodies and sexuality and that is exactly what PETA has become....a social justice PIMP.

I fully support the choice of women to actively participate in this campaign, in fact here is a video with Amanda Beard.

What I cannot support is  an organization that claims to be against exploitation routinely promoting the patriarchal construction of overtly sexualized female bodies to raise awareness.  It seems that they respect the rights of animals far more than they respect women.  Consider that they don't  use images of male nudes, nor do they use images of women with varying body sizes...You can love your body only if you look like an Olympic swimmer or Jena Jameson.  Not only is this pimping pussy, this is social discipline of the female form.  So, PETA I do believe you have earned a gold medal image in pussy pimping.  It is simply repeating a pattern of injustice to exploit one body to uplift another.  Just another Olympic moment.


10 comments:

nia said...

I agree. Isn't it mostly older, more well-off women who tend to still wear fur anyway? (Correct me if I'm wrong) So how is posting a young, naked woman going to get the message across to them? It might make things worse, if anything.
A naked man....now that might work!

JLPRO said...

I like it, but then again I am male! Thanks for sharing.

Cooper said...

It does seem rather ironic but PETA has been willing to exploit in this way for quite some time.

It's their consistency of this very same theme which makes it so.

I'm sure somewhere they could find a someone not of the standard look who doesn't wear fur, and doesn't eat meat.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

I wonder if in their meetings PETA has discussed displaying a male body? This for some reasons reminds me of American Apparel and Dov Charney. Someone who thinks they are doing good works when they exploit and objectify women.

Ms. Orange said...

I'm slowly learning that PETA is strange a group... stumbled a website recently, learned that PETA killed 90% of adoptable animal in its care in 2007... while finding adoptive homes for only less than 1%. The number of adoptable animals killed came out to be 19,200.

The Furies said...

That doesn't make me feel comfortable in my own skin. It makes me want to blow my (vegan) brains out for not looking remotely like that. (I mean, my God, at 120 pounds I'm a fucking ugly-ass whale next to her.) But then again, PETA doesn't really give two craps about animals -- it's all about them.

And JLPRO, get bent and go fuck yourself. Not all men are stupid fuckers who ogle at airbrushed women who look nothing like a normal female in real life. Maybe if you ever hung out with actual real live women you'd know that.

John Doe said...

Dennis Rodman did a naked advertisement for them once: http://www.furisdead.com/page/rodmanthink-72.pdf

I wonder how come some people will enjoy the beauty of ideals while others will hate themselves for not living up to them. Maybe it's got to do with expectations in society, or amongst our species in general.

KendallMcK said...

As an animal rights activist and feminist who used to engage in nude-type protests, I am conflicted about PETA's tactics. I'm just going to leave it at that.

However, the misconception that PETA doesn't use nude men in their ads is complete bullshit, and 30 seconds of Google research would prove it. Here is a collection of ads that feature nude/semi nude men (or mixed gender groups with men in them):

http://www.peta2.com/outthere/o_ami_james_tattoo_image.html

http://www.peta.org/mc/ads/Steve-O_Rather_Go_Naked.jpg

http://www.peta2.com/outthere/images/SteveO_InkNotMink.jpg

http://www.peta.org/pdfs/Boss_Models_ad.jpg

http://www.peta.org/mc/ads/simpleplan72.pdf

http://www.peta.org/mc/Billboards_ads_images/Todd_Oldham_Kathy_Najimy_ad.jpg

http://www.peta.org/feat/jennaethan/page/Jennahires.pdf

http://www.peta.org/feat/frankapotente/frankaFULL300.pdf

http://www.peta.org/mc/ads/ad-kristoff.pdf

http://www.peta.org/mc/ads/rodmanthink-72.pdf

http://www.peta.org/mc/ads/ad-davidcross.pdf

http://www.peta.org/pdfs/ADmola.pdf

http://www.peta2.com/outthere/pdf/P2macdanzig72.pdf

http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/page/400-mates-of-state.jpg

http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/page/lg-miretad.jpg

http://www.peta2.com/OUTTHERE/page/P2tommyleeINK72.jpg

Like I said - I'm not making an argument as to whether or not PETA's ads are ethical. There are clearly lots of problems with the nude ads, even though they include men (the most obvious to me being that the men, even naked, are in powerful poses and women are typically passive). But let's at least get our facts right - clearly PETA does not shy away from using naked dudes.

smartlikeme said...

I wasn't able to look at every single one of those ads since they weren't links, but I noticed a few trends--

several (at least 4) feature a man AND a woman.

all the ones I saw of men were not young men, and weren't really sexual. they go along with the trend of most male nudity in Hollywood as being fun, playful, goofy, and with average bodies. Every ad with a woman that I have seen (save maybe a few) has the woman posed such that if she weren't covering her ladybits she'd be a Playmate (and many of them are, since Hefner is a huge PETA supporter and, er, lends out his women to them).

Considering that sexualized men tend to be culturally read as "gay," the disparity in representations is no suprise. But you can't look at that list of images (again, going from the 10 or so I looked at) and say those are the same as the above, or these:

Silverstone

Mendes

Roselyn

Manhart

Q

Australian

There's naked, and there's sexualized. There's humorous, and there's objectified. There's bodies, and there's airbrushed versions of "sexy." There's the straight male spectator, and there's people as spectators. There's marketing the ethics of going Veggie, and there's marketing the "you can look like this" of going Veggie.

I think you missed Renee's point if you think her argument was about merely naked bodies. But since it seems that naked female bodies=sexual bodies in our culture, you might mistake naked male bodies for sexual male bodies.

Elaine Vigneault said...

"they don't use images of male nudes, nor do they use images of women with varying body sizes"
They do use a variety of bodies:
http://nakedpeta.blogspot.com/

Granted, they could include more variety and they could actively challenge the male gaze. But if you want to criticize them, you should do your homework.