Oct 06, 2011 @ 9:25 am | By TheFeministGriote | 2 Comments
I am not quite sure how PETA managed to recruit Angela Simmons everyone’s favorite resident good girl to pose nude and be its patron vegan saint, but they did. In the picture we see Angela with an apple in her hand channeling her inner “Eve” with the words, “Eating meat is a sin.” Apparently eating meat is bad, but exploiting human naked flesh and invoking patriarchal stereotypes entrenched in religiosity is just fine!
I respect people who do not eat meat whether it be for cultural, religious, or health reasons. I myself aspire to one day be a vegetarian or at least decrease my meat consumption drastically, but I don’t think I should be guilt tripped or shamed into making this decision. I am all about rallying behind a cause. I live on my soapbox. My soapbox tirades tend to be focused around feminist issues, Black issues, race relations, mainly problems that afflict human beings.
Again I understand everyone struggles for different causes. It is important that in struggling for those causes that we do not alienate and assert a false sense of “do goodery,” that makes everyone else feel less than human for not joining in our pet cause (no pun intended). As a woman who has lost about 45 pounds and trying to drop 20+ more am I to believe if I stop eating meat I will somehow be as thin as Angela Simmons and my hair will grow 24 inches long? This is a real question. What exactly does posing nude have to do with the ethical treatment of animals? Is this a hair ad or social justice ad? Why must PETA rely so heavily on the naked female form to make its point? Exploiting one animal to spare another is faulty logic to me.
Another problematic thing with this ad is this religious superiority that is being invoked here. “Eating meat is a sin,” well talk about hyperbole on steroids? Everyone doesn’t subscribe to that belief that meat eating is fundamentally wrong and unethical. No one likes for religion to be pranced around and whored for political gain and its equally as disgusting here.
I think as human beings we need to treat animals more humanely and while we are on subject we also need to treat the planet, women, children, poor people, disabled people, gay folks, and whoever we deem to be low on the social food chain more humanely!
I do believe that there is an ethical way to rear and slaughter animals for consumption. I also believe that more needs to be done to ensure that animals are ethically treated. Meat eaters and non-meat eaters, I believe can coincide without judging anyone’s lifestyle. Not eating meat or a specific kind of a meat does not endow you with any moral superiority over others that do consume meat. Naked photo shopped pictures does nothing in my opinion to ensure the safety of animals!
Weigh in. What do you think about PETA and their new ad?!
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