My PETA Pet Peeve
This blog post was originally published on Modestly Yours:
As an Orthodox Jew, I have to be against animal cruelty. There is a concept in the Torah called tzar ba’alei chayim which prohibits causing pain to a living creature. However, just because I’m against torturing animals doesn’t mean that I am pro-PETA.
Here’s the question of the day: How can an organization that fights so adamantly against the exploitation of animals turn around and exploit women in the name of anti-animal exploitation? See for yourself. (Or don’t–WARNING: scantily clad women in the link.)
It’s not just the nudity that has me all worked up here. It’s portraying women as sex kittens (pun intended) – using their sexuality to make the sale – that I find so disturbing. Interestingly enough, the one naked man that they feature on their site, as you’ll see, is not portrayed in a sexy way, but in a silly, over-the-top, humorous way. So is that the message they want us to take home? Men are marketable for their sense of humor, but women only for their sex appeal?
PETA, if you’re reading this, I have two things to say to you: One – just because public nudity is appropriate for animals doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for humans. And two – using a woman’s sexuality to advance your agenda is not exactly ethical.