Posted at 10:52 AM Aug 21, 2009
By Andrea Grimes
I was trying to decide what to eat for lunch today, and when I read on Sociological Images that Alliance for Animals in Russia has taken a page from PETA and decided not only to objectify women but to simulate gory violence against them in their campaign for animal rights, I figured I'd have a hamburger on principle. (But not one from Whole Foods!) And then I saw the actual photos and I realized I wasn't hungry for anything, animal or vegetable.
Sadly, this is nothing we haven't seen before. And S.I.'s Lisa says that's kind of the point, with "repertoires of contention," which are the available options for activists based on past activism:
Repertoires of contention are shared and they pass from one social movement to another. The sit-in, for example, was invented by civil rights activists, but all types of activists use sit-ins today. Sidney Tarrow calls this kind of tactic "modular." It can be borrowed from one kind of activism and applied to many different causes. Similarly, protest tactics can in one country can be borrowed and applied in another, so long as the conditions for activism are similar.So really, you're welcome, women of Russia! Thanks to Western animal activism, you too get to be reverse-anthropomorphized via sex and violence!
If anything deserved a trigger warning, it's these atrocious photos.
First, a man shoots some scantily clad women wearing animal masks:
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