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Amanda Palmer Against PETA’s Latest Ad

Written by Marc Zanotti on November 15, 2012

Amanda Palmer has taken offensive to the latest advert from animal rights organisation PETA. As pictured above, PETA’s new advert features model Joanna Krupa sporting some deliberately exaggerated pubic hair with the text ‘Fur Trim: Unattractive’ plastred across the image.

Palmer feels that the anti-fur advert, while trying to advocate animal rights, promotes an unhealthy message that women’s pubic hair is “unattractive”. Taking to her Tumblr account, Palmer posted an open letter explaining her positon and noting the possible negative impact this kind of projected image could have, especially on young women.

“this ad is perpetuating really unhealthy attitudes. fear and unhappiness in the body-hair department is becoming more and more prevalent in young girls (and all women)” writes Palmer, adding: “PETA, if you care about animals … take your human animals into account”

You can read the full letter below.

Read: Amanda Palmer’s Letter to PETA

dear PETA,

this ad is really upsetting.

you’re implying that pubic hair that shows/grows “outside the pantyline” (which is normal/natural for the vast majority of us gals) is “unattractive”….this is the kind of shit Gillette and Nair would pull to hock product, and the sort of cultural beauty-standard malarkey that is contributing to a generally worrying trend…12 and 13 year old girls demanding full bikini waxes and all the shit that I think we can all basically agree is absurd.

fur, bad. yes. i’m with you.

but this ad is perpetuating really unhealthy attitudes. fear and unhappiness in the body-hair department is becoming more and more prevalent in young girls (and all women), because they feel they have no alternative. most feel like they’ll be judged if they don’t toe the party line, and an organization like PETA has more cred (you’re somewhat cool, right? you’re forward-thinking people fighting for a noble cause, right?) than a corporate hair-removal/razor company.

despite the strides of progress made by the generation of women who came before us, we’re slipping backwards. the beauty standard is presenting a more and more difficult struggle for young women. ads like this are part of the problem.

PETA, if you care about animals, and their health and overall happiness index, take your human animals into account alongside the rest of them.
compassion for all.

yours,
afp

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