Exploiting Exploitation

Dear Colleagues:

In 2007, I wrote an essay in response to PETA’s State of the Union Undress for 2008.

PETA has now done a State of the Union Undress for 2010, this time featuring the full frontal nudity of a woman of color—all “for the animals,” of course.

PETA ends this video with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr.

Does anyone really think that this is doing anything “for the animals”?

No movement for social change that wants intelligent and progressive supporters would ever do something like this.

I am not going to comment further because if you do not see the PETA State of the Union Undress (and its sexism generally) as terribly wrong on multiple levels, than there really isn’t anything I could say that would convince you.

Let us hope that in 2010, we can make some progress toward convincing the public that animal rights raises serious questions and is not just an excuse for the juvenile antics of those who profit by exploiting the exploitation of humans and nonhumans.

THE WORLD IS VEGAN! If you want it.

Gary L. Francione
©2010 Gary L. Francione