Male PETA Employees Make Women have Sex with Vegetables “For the Animals”

Warning:  Contains pornographic images; not safe for work.

If you recall, PETA launched a pornography site a couple of years ago, interweaving graphic scenes of violence with sexualized images of women.  Totally healthy and coherent, right?  Fortunately, they removed the images of women, and the porn site is nothing more than short video clips of factory farms.  Still, people come from titillating images of sexually objectified women, and they are exposed to graphic violence.  The disturbing connection between sex and violence is left in tact.

Either way, PETA porn is back under a new project they call “Veggie Love Casting Session.”  In my opinion, this is hands down the most obscene material to ever be produced by PETA with the well-intentioned donations of people who genuinely care about animal suffering.

A bright-eyed white woman simulating oral sex on a cucumber.  Meant to resemble an internet porn advertisement.  Reads:  "Can't get enough veggies?  Join now!!!  All access starting at $16/year."Become a PETA member for more porn? Or to help Nonhuman Animals?

On the website, various clips of women performing sex acts on vegetables are featured.  In the commercial, women are paraded in front of the camera and inspected for their audience like slaves on the auction block, like human meat ready for consumption.  The project is led by men, and you hear the men in the background calling the shots, directing the women to “show us how much they like” their assigned vegetable, then laughing at her humiliation at the end of her session.  Photos of the women are listed at the bottom of the page where viewers can rate them with a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down,” objectifying them blatantly.

Image depicts two women in bikinis performing oral sex on a carrot. From PETA's Veggie Love campaign.Twin sister incestuously advocating Nonhuman Animal rights for the pleasure of PETA’s male directors and viewers.

PETA even manages to mimic the disgusting prevalence of racism in pornography.   The only African American woman featured is shown animalized, crawling across the couch to some broccoli where she devours it with no hands.

An African American woman in a bikini and high heels crawling across a couch towards broccoli.

 

Many would see this and argue that these women are doing this “by choice” and they’re “enjoying it.”  To some extent, that’s probably true.  But, that argument misses the point.  Consider what shapes those choices:  an environment that sees women as sex objects and resources for male enjoyment.  Women are under immense pressure to perform the gender roles they have been assigned.  Under patriarchy, women are socialized to be servants to men.  Women are groomed as little girls, taught that providing sex and pleasure for men is both expected and required of them.  Women are given so few opportunities in this world to achieve and succeed based on their skills, knowledge, and other dignifying qualities, sex work is one of the only options available to them.  It’s an option that’s not even on the table for men.  Pornography and other forms of sexual exploitation, by the way, tend to target especially vulnerable women, like those from low income backgrounds or abusive families, those with little occupational or educational opportunities, and those who are suffering from addictions. Pornography hurts all women, but it particularly hurts at-risk women.

A white woman in a bikini and high heels spanking herself with a stalk of celery.Woman spanking herself with celery so male viewers can learn about speciesism.

When visitors are finished viewing videos of women performing sex acts on vegetables, videos of Nonhuman Animals being beaten and killed pop up . . . because nothing is sexier than exploited women juxtaposed with dying animals.  Really, though, that’s what sexuality has become:  Subjugating and hurting the vulnerable for the pleasure of the privileged.  Seeing someone humiliated and suffering for our enjoyment has become sexy.

A woman (possibly of color) in a bikini and high heels leaning against a couch on the floor.  Her head is back and her back is arched.  She is rubbing herself with tomatoes.Woman simulating sex with tomatoes to educate others about veganism

PETA is sexualizing the degradation and humiliation of women.  PETA is sexualizing the exploitation of vulnerable people.  PETA is sexualizing violence against women.  PETA is sexualizing oppression.

A white woman stuffing radishes into her mouth with painfully stretched cheeks.A woman performing humiliating sex acts on vegetables.

The research is overwhelmingly clear:  Pornography leads to the degradation of women, the objectification of women, the dehumanization of women, and violence against women.  It leads women to internalize this devalution, and women begin to objectify themselves.  It disempowers women, it leaves women susceptible to domestic violence, it feeds rape culture.  For more information on how pornography hurts women, check out The Price of Pleasure (be warned, it is extremely triggering and graphic).  This video can be found online to view for free if you do a little searching.

A white woman deep-throating a cucumber.Your PETA donations at work exploiting women.

I argue that sexist advocacy is a despicable insult to our serious social justice movement.  PETA kills animals and symbolically kills women.  Please, for the love of anything good in this world, never donate to PETA again, and don’t let your friends and family donate either.  You don’t need PETA to make real change for Nonhuman Animals:  Promote veganism peacefully, support trap-neuter-release, support vegan animal sanctuaries, support your local shelter, adopt, fight oppression of all kinds.  RESPECT EACH OTHER in our fight to end speciesism.

By Corey Lee Wrenn

You can follow her on Twitter and on her blog, The Academic Abolitionist Vegan.

This post was originally published on  The Academic Abolitionist Vegan on May 11, 2013; this version has been edited.

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About Corey Wrenn

Ms. Wrenn is an instructor of Sociology with Colorado State University, where she is also an A.B.D. Ph.D. She is also an adjunct professor of Sociology with Dabney S. Lancaster Community College and an adjunct professor of Social Psychology with the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She received her M.S. in Sociology in 2008 and her B.A. in Political Science in 2005, both from Virginia Tech. She is a council member of the American Sociological Association’s Animals & Society section and contributes to the Human-Animal Studies Images and Cinema blogs for the Animals and Society Institute. She has contributed to One Green Planet, VegFund, Examiner, Feminspire, Jezebel, The Feminist Wire, Sociological Images, Skepchick, and Everyday Sociology. She has been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals including the Journal of Gender Studies, the Journal of Agriculture & Environmental Ethics, Food, Culture & Society, and Society & Animals. In July 2013, she founded the Vegan Feminist Network. You can follow her on Twitter (CoreyLeeWrenn) and on her blog, The Academic Abolitionist Vegan. She lives with two rescued companion animals in rural Virginia and has been vegan since 2001.

4 thoughts on “Male PETA Employees Make Women have Sex with Vegetables “For the Animals”

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  2. Many of PETA’s directors and staff members are female and we help to develop PETA’s campaigns. In fact, very few of PETA’s ads and activities are thought up solely by heterosexual men.

    The smart, compassionate women who participated in this spot choose to do so because they supported the idea and wanted to take action to help animals. PETA admires them for that and would never tell them that they must behave a certain way in order to gain someone else’s approval. PETA applauds all that everyone does to help animals and attempts to have something to appeal to everyone.

    Not everyone agrees with all of PETA’s tactics–and they can choose not to show our videos if they wish–but surely we can all agree that it’s more effective to focus our time and energy on animal abusers rather than bickering with one another.

    If you want to learn more about PETA’s other campaigns, or see our ads featuring men, please visit http://www.PETA.org. Thanks again for all you do to promote vegan living and make the world a kinder place for animals.

    • Hi PETA
      I find it repugnant and offensive that you call my criticism of the rape culture you promote “bickering.” What a slap to my face to suggest that my criticizing the misogynistic media you put out (which is DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE for the violence and rape I’ve endured) is a waste of time.

      Your tactics appeal to insecure women and misogynists, not anyone who’s seriously concerned with animal liberation.

    • I cant believe how you can even try to justify this. this is absolutely sickening. I’ve known what kind of vile organization you’ve been for a very very long time and I cant believe the whole world isn’t aware of this already and that people are still fooled into donating to you. why don’t you just disappear please you do no one absolutely no good. evaluate your life please.

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