Thursday, March 15, 2012

And I respond back to PETA...

Dear Peta;

You are talking to a 62 year old feminist…one raised in Southern California in the 1960’s. Please don’t insult my intelligence with your foolish justification ‘freedom to use your body’ for use of sex and violence in your advertising. How in the world can you possibly believe that to protect and provide for animals can be justification to use and abuse women and men? And by the way, if you had read my letter, I’m equally opposed to the Ink and Mink series of male nudes…you know, the ones that you included the links in your response letter to me earlier today?

The Feminist Movement defends equal political, economic and social rights for women.  It has nothing whatsoever to do with YOUR right to use sexually explicit or implicit imagery to sell products or services.  In fact in feminists’ campaigns for women’s rights we fight to protect women and girls from domestic violence, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

And your inference that these women and men exemplify power by their ability to undress in front of an audience, seriously…do you believe that???

Women in these situations have no power. Power is the found in an individual’s ability to receive equal pay for equal work, in their ability to own land, be CEO’s of large organizations, hold positions on boards running these organization, ability to hold political offices, to become better educated, to earn the respect and admiration of other women and men because of their accomplishments, because of who they are…not because of how they look!  

I do appreciate your quick response, but unfortunately you’ve convinced me of nothing more than this flawed reasoning runs deep in your organization. I am convinced that if your ability to reason through this advertising campaign is as defective as it obviously is…how in the world can your decisions regarding cruel treatment to animals possibly hold up under closer scrutiny.

Although a strong supporter of animal rights, it will not be through your organization. If and when you choose to take different approach to marketing and advertising, contact me, please, animals need people passionate about their care.

Nancy Slater

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