Wednesday, June 18


I hate PETA. I like animals, but I also happen to like people. I think PETA has some great ideas about stopping animal abuse, but they go about it in a way that makes me really dislike the organization. One of their recent blog pots just catapulted my growing dislike into outright hatred.

Apparently Jessica Simpon recently wore a shirt that said 'Real Girls Eat Meat.' While I think the shirt sounds kind of dumb and paves the way for some dirty humor, I didn't really think it was that big of a deal. PETA, however, responded with a post entitled "Top Five Reasons Only Stupid Girls Brag About Eating Meat."

First of all, there is nothing stupid about deciding to eat meat. While it is definitely better to be aware of where you meat came from, how it got there, and how it was treated while it was an animal I don't think there is anything inherently evil about deciding to partake! It's a choice, and a valid and moral one at that! Second of all, I hate hate hate that PETA attacks people instead of calmly and nicely explaining their reasoning. Their entire blog post is snarky and mean-spirited. They are not trying to educate, they are trying to shame! And they're a bunch of mean misogynists to boot! They rag on Jessica Simpson for being known for 'less than stellar brain' and her ability to fill out daisy dukes, and then go on to call her stupid and (basically) vapid. While they make some good points about the benefits of being a vegetarian or vegan, everything they say is twisted to make meat eaters look and feel stupid. I also really hate that #4 is:

"4. Meat will make you fat.
All the saturated fat and cholesterol in chicken wings, pork chops, and steak eventually leads to flabby thighs and love handles. I hope the upcoming "Jessica Simpson's Intimates" line comes in plus sizes! Going vegetarian is the best way to get slim and stay that way."

Being slim is NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING HEALTHY. What they are trying to say is that eating more veggies (and whole grains, and other things) can help you maintain a healthy weight. Since when did being healthy automatically mean being slender? I think it's offensive that they are intimating that you should be ashamed to be plus-sized, or that flabby thighs and love handles are not simply a part of women's bodies. It's also clear that this is aimed at women, because only a girl should be ashamed that her meat eating has led to a decline in her physical appeal.

Shame on PETA.