Just, you know, for your general edification—I thought I'd spread the joy. I happened across this article on afterellen.com, today, while I was chasing down links about the crappy male-gaze rape-fantasy-fulfillment dressed up as a token lesbian added to the cast of one of rapidly-digging-their-own-grave-by-pissing-off-any-fans-they-ever-had SyFy network's shows.
That's right. PETA, the people who've made a publicity nightmare out everything they've ever touched, have executed one of the most repulsive, exploitive, anti-woman, and anti-queer publicity campaigns ever conceived.
The whole thing about the recent SyFy/Stargate lesbian-who-gets has-to-fuck-a-man-because-a-straight-chick-is-inhabiting-her-body debacle, added to other generally hate-filled lack-wittedness (screencap) and the intelligent and level-headed responses thereto, is making me a little too tired to function, honestly.
Behold, an actual PETA press-release from a few months ago, with emphasis added for the eye-rolling amusement factor. Editorial comments in red, just because I could no longer contain my own disgusted amusement:
So...let me just parse this...you're going to put two scantily-clad "PETA beauties" on a bed, on a public street, to make out with each other because........because it's got something to do with animal welfare? Then, in the press release, you're going to coyly call these two women "Ladies."
For Immediate Release:
February 10, 2009
Ashley Byrne 757-622-7382
Amarillo, Texas -- In a public display of passion that's bound to raise a few eyebrows and turn lots of heads, two PETA beauties--decked out in sexy lingerie--will kiss and pose provocatively on a bed set up on the sidewalk at a busy Amarillo intersection on Monday in order to make the point that vegetarians are better lovers. While the steamy sirens are "getting it on," activists holding a banner reading, "Vegetarians Make Better Lovers," will pass out free copies of PETA's "Vegetarian Starter Kit" to let gaping onlookers know how they can spice up their own sex lives. It's all part of PETA's "Live Make-Out Tour" during the week leading up to Valentine's Day.
And what they don't say, but becomes clear in the linked video? They'll let the macho fellows who want to have their picture taken with these two "PETA beauties" just hop right down there to pose for a piece of the action.
When: Tuesday, February 10, 12 noon
Where: Corner of S.W. Sixth Avenue and S. Tyler Street, Amarillo
Why do vegetarians have it all over meat-eaters in the bedroom? For one thing, vegetarians are, on average, more fit and trim and have more energy and stamina than people who stuff themselves with fat-laden meat, dairy products, and eggs. And then there's a possibility of impotence: The cholesterol in meat and other animal products slows the flow of blood to all the body's vital organs, not just to the heart. And speaking of heart, there's nothing sexy about someone who turns a blind eye to the daily suffering of the billions of animals who are raised and killed for food each year.
"What could be more of a turn-on than snuggling up to someone who's both passionate and compassionate?" asks PETA veggie vixen Nadia Elmuanier.
For more information, please visit PETA.org
Misogyny. It's everywhere, right, left, and center. We're all used to that. It's nothing new. But when something this exploitive, this ugly, comes from a supposedly progressive and humane organization? They reveal themselves as an organization completely consisting of nutbar bigoted zealots. No one there, apparently, male or female, actually had the courage or integrity to say, "hey...uh...wait a minute. Maybe this is an exploitive, misogynistic, and utterly icky idea."
Someone remind me why on earth anyone still takes these repulsive idiots at PETA seriously? Why we're supposed to think they have any moral or ethical high ground, or the integrity to speak to any subject?
But moreover, when someone pulls this sort of cheap, exploitive, degrading stunt? They deserve to be permanently written off completely from any list of sane progressive causes and resources. PETA deserves to be roundly jeered as the irrelevant, hateful bigots they've proven themselves to be.