Saturday, November 17, 2012
Wherein the soapbox gets a workout...
Unless it's an issue I feel very strongly about, I generally deal with them by crossing the road, not making eye contact, or on one occasion when the fellow was particularly persistent, pretending I don't speak English. I generally try to avoid open mocking (except where it's clearly necessary), after all we all have our little quirks and beliefs that other people find baffling. Personally, I feel very strongly about scrap booking, although I try to keep my vitriol to myself.
But when I saw the new campaign by PETA, those kooky animal loving kids, I was more than a little disturbed by the direction they chose to go. In it they have a poster of a woman who has apparently shoved a yeti wig down her lacy underwear, with a slogan cutely declaring "Fur Trim: Unattractive".
Here's the link to the poster, but open it with caution. I wouldn't say it's NSFW, but it probably skirts the boarder if your boss is an asshole.
And this, ladies and gentlemen, is the point where I get out my soapbox and start preaching.
It's ridiculous, and more than a little disturbing, that there is this current trend for men to prefer women without any "grass on the wicket". For whatever reason, the lads in our lives have been convinced that they should want women who look like they're about twelve years old, rather than those who look like they might actually be old enough to be sexually active!
But for any group to use this ridiculous social phobia in a way that actually compares it with something they consider base and wrong is inexcusable! It's not helping, it's just reaffirming the notion that women shouldn't look like they've entered puberty.
Bad form, PETA, bad form.
And now I'll put away the soapbox before someone trips over it.