Friend of Bitch (and Beaker Bitch blogger) Sarah Mirk posted a great piece over at Blogtown PDX yesterday on the new (and oh-so-unfortunate) PETA billboard in Florida, and the subsequent protest of PETA President Ingrid Newkirk's book signing at Powell's Books here in Portland. The offending billboard:
The women sat quietly throughout Newkirk's 40-minute long presentation as she discussed the lives of whales and the pain crabs feel. After Newkirk wrapped up showing a video of cute animals set to Moby music and started signing books, the dozen feminists took to the front of the room, handing out fliers directing people to [protest organizer] Fairchild's blog and standing silently with brightly-colored signs like, "Misogyny is not cruelty free!"
Check out Sarah Mirk's video of the protest (complete with cute-animals-set-to-Moby-montage):
I don't know about you, but I have felt truly sickened by this recent PETA campaign (you know, just like I have felt truly sickened by so many past PETA campaigns). When will they wise up and realize that feminists could be great allies for them if only they'd stop offending us with their bullshit misogyny?!? Feminists love animals! (Well, most of us do, anyway.) At any rate, I hope these protesters got a few messages across to PETA. Messages like "Stop fat-shaming women," "Stop disrespecting women," and "Cut it out with your mistreatment of women." What do you think?Related posts:PETA Gets the Onion TreatmentPETA is a Bunch of BullFeminism and Animal Rights... A First Step