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Is It OK to Use Sexuality to Promote Vegetarianism?

While I don't have a problem with consuming any kind of meat, I do find it troublesome when women are portrayed as a type of meat. Although exploiting the female body to promote vegetarianism or veganism is nothing new, a recent article in the New York Times highlights the trend. The article discusses a vegan strip club — Casa Diablo — in Oregon that attempts to convert meat-eating males to veganism, as well as a Los Angeles dance group — the Vegan Vixens — that performs at events and trade shows. Both parties are happy to be a part of a growing group of vegans who don't mind showing a little skin. Here's a quick excerpt:

Vegans who use sexuality to promote the cause say it is a good way to convert carnivores.

It's a known fact that sex sells, but I can't help but feel this movement is a step backward. What do you think about it? Is it OK to use sexuality to promote vegetarianism?


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Valerie15504096 Valerie15504096 3 years
I don't think it's a bad thing, but I do not believe it is the best way to encourage people to become vegan. I think it's better, and in a long term sense more effective, to capture the attention of people through information about health, environment, and animal rights benefits rather than through sexual desire.
laurenlanzaosias laurenlanzaosias 7 years
um, they use sex to sell cigarettes and clothes and a trillion other things... why the heck not use sex to promote something that could actually potentially make you look sexy? sure it's not the most easily relatable pair, but why would you dog anything that could make the world healthier. stupid.
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
*more people
hardcorecupcakex hardcorecupcakex 8 years
As a vegetarian I'm all for more getting into vegetarianism and veganismt but I hate they how they use sexually as for going vegan vegetarian.I don't what how sex ties into vegan or vegetarian diet
dreams_of_trees dreams_of_trees 9 years
i really don't get it. how is looking at some scantily clad wonam going to make someone become a vegetarian or a vegan? looking at a nekked person wouldn't make me eat meat so why would it work the other way?
omlove omlove 9 years
Im all for vegetarianism,I think its healthy but this is not the way to promote it. I think its wrong to promote something so good and pure in such a sleazy way. It degrading to women. They are saying stop abusing animals and start abusing women instead ...I just dont get it.
BermudaGrass BermudaGrass 9 years
No, this is just...not a very good idea at all. it seems in bad taste too. i mean, is it really necessary??
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I think it is stupid.
Crisonce Crisonce 9 years
kiddyind: I don't know where you got your information, but I work at Nordstrom and we do not sell thongs in the kids department.
samischo samischo 9 years
i dont understand it either!! but pictures of naked fat people holding burgers might make me go vegetarian
remedios remedios 9 years
I don't think there really is a connection, but it does draw attention. I think the attention is the only point. Does it work? Who knows. I doubt there's been an extensive study (or probably even a brief one), but PETA sure does get a lot of press. It raises their love and hate meters at the same time.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
how would looking at somebody's but make you want to give up meat? just silly?
Xandara Xandara 9 years
I don't mind it. It's actually, in my eyes, effective - I'd rather eat veggies after looking at that girl than eat chicken after looking at the cows promoting Chic-Fil-A, or a chihuahua promoting tacos... something about having a human promoting things humans should eat just makes sense, naked or not. And if the woman is comfortable showing off her body for something she believes in, how can that be perceived as degrading?
muffin76 muffin76 9 years
I think it's just a publicity stunt. Since the concept doesn't make any sense to me, that's the only thing I can come up with.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good lord, is it REALLY necessary??
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
No. I don't think it's necessary.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
I think it's degrading and it does nothing to compel me to become a vegetarian/vegan. Although, judging by the model, I'm not exactly their target audience. ;)
michelle-c42934 michelle-c42934 9 years
I'm a vegetarian/semi-vegan and I don't understand why they use sexuality in their campaigns. I think the reason they are doing it is because they realise that pictures of animals being treated cruelly in farms has shock value but is distasteful. But naked girls is particularly tasteful either. I think it would be best if they concentrated on the new fad for healthy diets to promote the veg lifestyle.
Just-Oh Just-Oh 9 years
These campaigns show a lack of imagination and, ultimately, a lack of respect for women. Apple's "Think Different" campaign should be a model for PETA and others, use people who achieved notoriety in their respective fields who also happen to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet. These groups oppose the exploitation of animals, they should also oppose exploitation of people. Tacky.
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
No - I really hate seeing sexuality being used to promote anything. It's inappropriate.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Sure, if it works. It would help if they got a healthy model, not someone with juaundice. :)
mara23 mara23 9 years
I totally agree with Bella, I'm vegetarian but I don't find this is the right way to promote it!
EllaDee EllaDee 9 years
I don't think it's right or wrong, merely weird.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 9 years
Um. No. It makes me not want to buy from the company, because IMO it's innapropriate for the general public, especially children. I could be wrong, but I think the connection is that being vegetarian is more "natural" (vegetables being of the Earth and all), as is being nude. Heh heh...if they want this girl to be REALLY natural, they should let her eyebrows grow in fully and wait until there's an inch of hair (at least) on her legs :-P
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
I don't really understand the connection. I've always found it to be strange.
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