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Saucy PETA Campaign Links Vegetarianism to Virility

Animal-rights organization PETA is known for its head-turning campaigns, and its latest one is no different. PETA Asia Pacific's newest ads feature model-actress Alicia Mayer in a lingerie set holding a suggestive banana, provoking, "Eating meat got you down? Get it up! Go vegetarian." PETA states:

A man who stuffs his belly full of dead pig flesh in the kitchen might end up delivering dead wood in the bedroom. High cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, prostate cancer and inflammation, and hormonal imbalances cause the vast majority of all cases of impotence. The good news is that medical science has proved that all of these conditions can be virtually eliminated with a low-fat vegan diet.

My guess is that this campaign is part of an effort by PETA to turn more guys into vegetarians. After all, masculinity has long been associated with eating meat. While I find the ad entertaining, I'm not sure it will be enough to convert insecure men. Do you find the tagline amusing or offensive? And could you see it converting more males into vegetarians?

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csc333 csc333 8 years
whatever... i'm vegan, and have a high, powerful, potent sex drive, but i don't know if it has a lot to do with diet or not...
nosierosie nosierosie 9 years
this is the most ridiculous ad i have seen in ages. i can't believe they would do this. i think most men would laugh. i agree that it is offensive and condescending.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 9 years
All of petas campaigns are shameless and offensive and annoying, this one is no surprise
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
Exactly, tlsgirl. I'm clearly morally bankrupt, for sure, but for reasons that go way beyond "stuff[ing my] belly full of dead pig flesh". :)
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
So true Jude C. I'd much rather listen to reasoned arguments than have someone tell me that I'm clearly morally bankrupt/bad in bad/unhealthy/etc. because I choose to eat meat.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Well, if they and their supporters (their supporters especially) would stop giving off that vibe of WE'RE BETTER THAN MEAT-EATERS IN EVERY SINGLE WAY, more people might listen to them. As it is, as you say, they're just condescending and off-putting.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
God I hate PETA. I agree with those who say that they're just condescending and off-putting. Give me real arguments, without all of the BS, and maybe I'll listen. Until then, a bunch of naked no-fur ads and gimmicky campaigns are just annoying. Oh, and my BF eats meat and I have no bedroom complaints.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
That ad is inaccurate and absurd. A vegetarian or vegan diet can lead to many of those indicated medical conditions, too. If someone overeats (on ANY diet), it can lead to weight gain. Excessive weight gain can trigger any of those said conditions. PETA is demonstrating defective thinking. Incidently, my husband eats meat in his diet. He has none of mentioned diseases. Earlier this evening, he tried to pounce on me. :)
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 9 years
this is really lame!
calamari calamari 9 years
Wow! The image on that ad is a photoshop disaster.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I just watched a documentary on PBS how vegans brain shrink and they lose their memory sooner than meat eaters and I hate PETA!
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 9 years
Wow, that's gimmick-tastic. Despite my name, I am not a vegetarian. Even if I was, I wouldn't think this ad was cool.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Oh God! could they try any harder?
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
So true, shoneyjoe.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
HA! Tell this to my husband. He'd laugh at the idea.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
It's certainly not converting me to vegetarianism, and I don't think it will for most any other guy. What this *will* do is give every man who's already a vegetarian yet another thing to be annoyingly smug about. *great...*
itsme3683 itsme3683 9 years
I agree with Jude C. The whole organization is completely ridiculous--I would be a lot more inclined to listen to what they have to say if their materials weren't so condescending and absurd.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
well i know that there's been a lot of talk of trying to convert men to be vegetarians and i've tried to get my fiance to do it on any number of occasions cause i'm not fond even of the smell of meat, but this is funny. i like that they are going the campy route rather than the dead animals route. it's more interesting and definitely a change of speed for them.
fjaril fjaril 9 years
That chick looks mean. I'd be afraid to eat her banana.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Yeah...I see a lot of merit in the pro-vegetarianism arguments, but the incredible self-righteousness of that organization is really off-putting.
Mesayme Mesayme 9 years
I'm a naturalist and mostly vegetarian...and I hate PETA!!!
rafaela-losardo rafaela-losardo 9 years
I've dated both carnivorous and vegetarians....I didn't see any difference...
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I don't find it amusing or offensive, just silly and condescending.
BuchaBaby BuchaBaby 9 years
caterpillar, i found that too ;)
doogirl doogirl 9 years
My husband would rather lose a limb than go veg or vegan! And he's terrific in the bedroom!
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