You may already know that I have some serious issues with the way that PETA uses women’s bodies to promote vegetarianism (along with PETA’s other offenses which we have blogged about here and here and here and here and here). Well, here’s another example of a similar situation.
Angry Green Girl, according to her website is “shamelessly exploiting everything I got to save our world!”
The site has some mildly educational videos about environmental issues, all using scantily clad attractive women to attract heterosexual men to environmental causes. Some of the videos include a fully clad man called “Can’t Get Laid Guy,” to whom the “hot” women are downright mean. By conforming to stereotypes of the shallow, ditzy, self-centered, and rude but attractive female, the site seems to attempt mainly to attract “geeky” heterosexual men. With statements such as “As for you, think about turning off the lights before you leave your apartment and maybe some day a sober girl will give you her real phone number,” the site attempts to attract these men with the vague hope of one day being able to gain sexual access to beautiful women (as long as they go green). The site also reinforces the stereotype of the smart but nerdy male who has absolutely no social life and no chance with the beautiful but cruel and shallow female.
Will watching attractive women parade around in bikinis really convince heterosexual men to care about environmental issues and change their lifestyles accordingly? I highly doubt it. In the videos, the environment seems less of a focus than heterosexual male access to beautiful female bodies. Personality is treated as an unimportant factor on the site (the girls are downright mean and extremely shallow, but are still presented as the height of sexual desirability.) So what is Angry Green Girl really selling? Sex. And it may be sad but true that “sex sells,” but sex sells Calvin Klein underwear and string bikinis, not causes like environmental activism.
But don’t take it from me. Watch some of the videos from the site and decide for yourselves.
And here’s a video from an Angry Green Girl hybrid-only waterless bikini car wash.
Good cause? Yes. Good tactic? In my opinion, not so much. What do you think?