No Comment: PETA Doesn’t Want You to Wear Your Own Hair, Either

Many of the issues we deal with here at Ms. are very cut-and-dry.

Legislation to let a woman die on the hospital floor? Anti.

The female orgasm (and woman-positive sex education)? Pro.

Affording fetuses more rights than women? Again, anti.

Then there’s ending exploitation and cruelty towards animals…Okay, we’re with you there… by exploiting women? Wait, what?

That’s the bind PETA (People for the Exploitation of Tits and Ass?) keeps putting feminists in, as well as other women and women-loving people. Does “it’s for a good cause” excuse exploiting, dehumanizing and sexualizing women? Do we want to get behind animal rights when they’re packaged as caged, unclothed pregnant women on all fours, women marked up as cuts of meat, women being beaten with baseball bats, and (more than once) the likening of our natural pubic hair to clothing made from the skinned fur of slaughtered animals?

As the debate continues, I offer up PETA’s newest ad for comment. Again they feature a picture wherein the shock (and marketing) value lies in a resemblance to a woman’s body part. Again they vilify a woman’s natural pubic hair and encourage women to go “furless” and “bare” because, apparently, our vaginas in their natural states are just as disgusting as wearing dead animals as coats. This time, however, PETA has teamed up with Strip Ministry of Waxing, who will be donating some of the proceeds from Brazilian and “XXX” waxes to PETA.

Does this ad offend you, or does PETA get a break for a good cause? What do you think will be next from PETA– throwing red paint at au natural vaginas?

Ad from the PETA/Ministry of Wax “furless” campaign.


Hey y’all! My name is Mimi Seldner, and I’m a 22 year old Ms. Magazine intern, writer, activist, artist, and English major at the University of Florida. My concentration is in Queer Theory, and this, as well as feminist theory and politics, human rights, and social justice issues inform my entire life, from my politics, to my art, to my writing (the three of which are usually interrelated). These issues, and my stubborn, assertive, and feet-dug-in, oil-striking stand on them also govern the ways in which I live my life. I’m wordy, witty, and willful, to say the least (a habit that I am not in, accordingly). I recently relocated from one sunshine state to the other (Florida to California), in order to pursue this amazing opportunity to intern at the feminist-force-to-be-reckoned-with, Ms. Magazine, in all her glory, and I am looking forward to inspired collaborations, and to creating many things imperatively worth creating. Also, there are free sticky notes.