Of all the entities looking to take advantage of the brand (dare I say, "spanking?") new .xxx TLD, I would imagine that most of us would have put PETA somewhere toward the bottom of the list. True, it has been known to throw around a lot of (human) skin in order to draw attention to
boobs ass well-turned ankles
the plight of suffering animals, but is PETA finally dropping the pretense (along with most of its proverbial clothing) and going all porno on us
The answer is "yes," with a "but":
Reuters reported the story, saying the anti-animal cruelty organization is staking its claim to peta.xxx, which will serve as an animal cruelty awareness and pornography site. Peta has pushed the limits of its animal cruelty ads often in the past with near-nudity, racy slogans and a lot of shock value.
Never before in the history of everything ever has the phrase "animal cruelty awareness and pornography site" ever been uttered (or typed). It's truly a groundbreaking achievement, one that will likely be refreshingly free of bandwagon jumpers. Porn has long been known for "raising" things, but "animal cruelty awareness" has never been one of them. How exactly does PETA plan to do this? I'm glad/sickened you asked:
"As soon as people land on the site they will see some explicit content, those tantalizing images that they'll be hoping for," Rajt said of the site's content. As they go deeper into the site, however, visitors will find graphic images of animal abuse.
Now, I'm no sociologist but I don't imagine that your average internetizen is going to be too interested in shocking images of animal abuse while abusing themselves. I could be wrong, but considering there are thousands of other cruelty-free porn sites available, I can't see this juxtaposition raising much more than frantic mouse fingers in a one-handed effort to steer back to a "happier place."
However, I can
see this attracting a certain subset of society, one that usually ends up behind bars doing multiple life sentences after a long manhunt and several trips to secluded areas to identify dental records. The thought of someone steering towards
PETA's proprietary blend of eroticism and animal torture by choice is more than a little disturbing. One can almost picture the "enthusiast" down in his basement, shouting "IT PUTS THE 'NOT APPROVED FOR COMMERCIAL SALE' LOTION ON THE SKIN" in the general direction of the petting zoo imprisoned at the bottom of a 6-foot-hole while dancing around to Moby's latest, making "Herbal Essence" noises and trying on a new prom dress made from the skin of last year's prom queen.
Most people view torturing animals as the first sign of a "troubled youth who always kept to himself until one day his house was swarmed by the SWAT team, at which point we all realized that the smell wasn't a backed-up sump pump, but dozens of decaying corpses." Somehow, combining porn and tortured animals seems like the sort of thing that someone should be monitoring (from an unmarked van) rather than using to "raise awareness."
Maybe it will all be just fine. PETA's spokesperson seems upbeat:
"It can be a pretty depressing subject," Rajt said about animal cruelty, "We hope it'll grab people's attention, get them talking, and ultimately get them to ask questions."
True that. People enjoying porn love to be interrupted by disturbing images and random conversation. This could bring about a whole new dialogue about animal testing, one that most likely will start with "Doesn't anyone knock anymore?" and ends with "It's not what it looks like. I was actually masturbating to normal porn."