Porn Star Sasha Grey says: “This is why you should neuter / spay your dog.”

Via on Mar 5, 2011

According to the Humane Society, approximately 4 million un-rescued dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there’s not enough pet-lovers willing to adopt.

Sasha Grey: “Spaying and neutering is incredibly important. … [I]t keeps the animals out of the shelters, and there’s too many unwanted animals out there already.”

PETA: “Each year, 6 to 8 million stray and abandoned animals wind up in animal shelters in the U.S., and approximately half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of good homes.”

Via PETA:

Spay Day celebrates the importance of animal birth control and encourages all guardians of companion animals to have their dogs and cats spayed or neutered. Each year, 6 to 8 million stray and abandoned animals wind up in animal shelters in the U.S., and approximately half of them must be euthanized because of a lack of good homes.

The single most important thing that we can do to save cats and dogs from the suffering and death caused by overpopulation is to spay or neuter our animal companions. Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 420,000 kittens!

In honor of Spay Day, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite celebrity campaigns promoting animal birth control. Watch this short video from Glee‘s Jan Lynch, and then check out which other stars are spreading the message about spaying and neutering.

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Bonus videos:

Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan:

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National Geographic:

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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  2. elephantjournal says:

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    Jennifer R
    Yes, why would you breed your dog if there are so many that suffer. sacrifice for the bigger picture, the bigger problem is millions of animals euthanized each year.
    As soon as we stop being the 'owners' and start being the gaurdians, we wil…l understand it's not about being the power, the dominion of other creatures.

    Jody S Breeders suck…what do you think happens to the rejects and how many rejects are there before the breeder gets what he wants.

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    Christina DC
    Whatever, animals are free to breed , yes even humans have that right.
    I see more if a problem with simpleton humans breeding than dogs/cats which leads to abandoned lost angry filthy morally bankrupt children.
    I breed my dogs, make some cash… and enjoy the ride.

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    elephantjournal.com Comment of the day, Christina. Uh, wow..! ~ Waylon

  3. poppymama says:

    @ Christina DC – that has got to be the most unenlightened comment I've ever seen here!

    • Colin Wiseman Colin Wiseman says:

      I actually agree with Christina. I think there should be a licence required before you can become a parent. Too many kids having kids. To many people having kids but they can't afford them. Too many people bringing children in to the life of crime. I think worrying about too many animals being bred is a small concern.

      Reducing the human population is, to me, most important, otherwise all of this beautiful planet's resources will be drained, and our grand children will be living like they were on a train through India.

      • poppymama says:

        Colin, I agree on the whole. Human over-population is incredibly destructive. Two things I'd add, to explain my reply to Christina: overbreeding of animals causes suffering. To paraphrase Gandhi, an enlightened society is one that cares about all living creatures. And the other thing that I was particularly reacting to was Christina's comment "I breed my dogs, make some cash… and enjoy the ride" which came across as distressingly exploitative and uncaring.

  4. elephantjournal says:

    From http://www.facebook.com/elephantjournal

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    Dalp Pearson I don't get this, what's the significance of a "porn" star saying this…

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    Katie Yeoman While I understand that she's part of PETA's in-your-face advertising style….there are lots of other variations in this series of ads. So, EJ – *more* T&A?? I'm really starting to wonder…

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    Taylor M I feel a lot like Katie. I so enjoy much of elephant journals post but the constant half naked women is just getting tiring, gross and embarrasing for EJ. Remind me what the mission and vision is for EJ? It seems millions of miles from when it started as Yoga journal of the rockies.

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    elephantjournal.com
    I feel you're all seriously missing the point. It's the big sucker-punch you all constantly get hit by. Instead of debating the main issue, you all get worked up over something that doesn't really have anything to do with the issue. Which i…s a perfect example of what good advertising is compared to bad advertising.
    Your minds get stuck somewhere they shouldn't be. The article is primarily about spaying and neutering pets so that their breeding doesn't get out of control, leaving huge amounts of stray cats and dogs to be put down every year. But you've all got this internal loop going about a porn star!
    Find a quiet place, sit down and contemplate why it is your minds are stuck on Sasha Grey instead of all the poor animals that get killed every year through uncontrolled breeding!
    Yeah, I know, you're kinda getting angry and hot inside just thinking about it, but it's a perfect chance to get some real internal work done… and that's what Elephant journal is about from where I see it. Don't miss the point ♥ ~Tobye.

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    Alpine Lily I found one of my old printed mag EJ's the other day and while flipping through it realised that EJ today is NOTHING like it was back then!

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    Katie Y Actually, EJ, the whole point is as you said – those pictures have nothing to do with the issue. I'm not angry or hot inside – I'm dismayed that EJ thinks the spate of comments I've seen lately on this subject is irrelevent, and also seems to think I don't have the presence of mind to think this through before I commented.

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    Dalp Pearson That's your perception… of us missing the point… I got the point…you're saying the point is spaying animals… well, I got that… but, I am also saying what's your point w/the porn star…

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    Katie Yeoman Exactly! Gratuitous, surely? And why so defensive about it?

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    Dalp P ‎… and, further, no one is angry… I don't have an internal loop going on and need to sit down…. rather, it seems like you might need to sit in silence and ponder your presumptuousness on everyone who happens to disagree with you

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    Dianne W I wanna jump in, dear Media Guru .. the use of females, especially a nudity shot is by advertising industry standards, is used to pull ATTENTION .. you got it, OK .. undividely .. my point, deal Soul .. Are we still using out-dated approaches to get attention in the 21st Century, 2nd Decade!!! .. If so, your Mission is accomplished, I GUESS! ~~ National Media Spokeswoman for WOMEN AGAINST VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ~~~
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    ‎~~~ can you smell the Coffee?

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    elephantjournal.com Katie, the point of sharing this via PETA's love of sexiness (male or female, we've posted plenty of male with no complaint AT ALL) is that it draws people in, including you and me, to a serious and vital issue—in this case that we're killing 4 million dogs and cats a year. I've posted many serious articles without any sort of admittedly base, crass appeal and…whooooo…that's the sound of the wind. No one comments, clicks, reads, learns.

    As you'll see if you click the above, it's ALL about the issue. If some folks learn about this issue because they knee-jerk click such as issue, that might be a good thing. That said I was raised by a single momma, love and respect women, and do not want to be a part of any sort of sexual objectification. So, yes, I appreciate all the questioning. It's a tough question. We try and ride that line between magnetizing and respecting. ~ Waylon

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    elephantjournal.com Alpine, actually, we're exactly the same.

    It's the vehicle, or container that's different—like water we change with whatever container we're in. New media, yes, is verrrrry differnt—instead of highly edited 40 articles every 3 months, we offer 40 articles every 4 days from many more people, connecting with 100x more people. There's downsides and big upsides in terms of sustainability, mission, quality, reach beyond choir. ~ Waylon

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    elephantjournal.com Dianne, again, every time I post a sexy gent, our 80% female readership explodes in comments like "I want some," "Yes, please", "hotttt", "More thank you," etc. Yes, I understand why sexploitative images of women are far more threatening than those of men. But…it's interesting. ~ W.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Taylor, at least 99% of our content is not "sexy," whether about men or women. The 1% gets noticed, I agree. But that you remember it so well, and think it's such a great portion of what we offer, is interesting in and of itself. You seem to be ignoring/forgetting the 99%, which kind of lays the failure of media back on we readers.

    Click, like, comment on and support quality content, go check out home page http://www.elephantjournal.com , and we'll be less tempted to put out vital info re dogs, cats using sexiness that we are now, when a blog about dogs and cats would get 40 views (meaning, no impact). ~ Waylon

  6. 13thfloorelevators says:

    It's really not a "tough question" unless you are conflicted.

  7. elephantjournal says:

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    Dianne Adair Wesley My dear Brotherman ~~ check yourself when YOU, as a man think that using females images to pull attention 'does not only do harm to the thousands, maybe millions of animals slaughtered', but the use of a woman's body to do so, especially in 2011 is feeding a 'form of sickness' ~~ perpetratrin' has it's cost! check yourself ~~ the way to Hell is paved with good intentions!

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    Dalp Pearson You are now saying something different…. It's one thing to say you appreciate all the questioning… but, it is another to suggest to those who are questioning that they need to sit and ponder their thoughts… it appears that you might need to sit and take a breath before you write something because how you initially posted it was condescending… go ask your loving single mother…

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    Katie Yeoman
    Waylon, I'm not sure what you mean by "if you click the above." Do you mean read the article? If so, I did. For the record, I'm a member of PETA. I am all for bringing this issue forward. What I'm not for – and I've said the same to PETA – …is the use of gratuitious images to do it. My comment here was that, although that might have been one of the images from this campaign, there were others that could have been used that were both more relevant to the issue, and more in keeping with the path to enlightenment.
    I've noticed quite a few comments lately about the pictures EJ has been using to head it's articles, and how they project both a vanity and an objectification. It is indeed a tough question. In the case of this particular article, however, it doesn't seem so tough as the article would have been very well illustrated by a different picture.
    And I really thought it was unnecessary and patronizing to be told I had a) not thought it through enough to understand the point, b) not bothered to read the article because I was "too hot inside" and needed to sit an meditate and do some internal work, and c) apparently am not even able to understand the fundamentals of an advertising campaign.See More

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    Dalp Pearson Ain't nobody stupid or ignorant… we can talk and speak and sentences… I'm clear on what the poster/ad was about but just questioned the image… and, since your response was honest but inappropriate/condescending I just want you to understand we see and understand what is going on in the world… if your mother is a balanced as you say, then she should be able to explain to you…

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    Katie Yeoman Heinz, spay and neuter doesn't harm them. It's done by a vet and the animals are well looked after. What does harm them is when they breed too much and then there isn't enough food or they have no homes and the climate is too hard and they die of starvation or cold. If they all lived in the wild and had a natural life, that would be one thing, but they don't. We've domesticated them and they live in cities and it's very unnatural, so the normal compensations of nature can't work.

  8. elephantjournal says:

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    Kelley Davies
    i'm sorry, before i go through the 8,000 comments on this thread (i have to get to church/sc can't decide) i would just like to respond to the initial post. first of all, this magazine isn't just about the 65% of the reader base (am i bein…g generous?) that is women. a lot of guys respect and appreciate Waylon and elephant journal for
    what it is and excuse me if the last 2 out of 20 posts have been about something other than yoga. namely, sex. sex is a part of the culture. and guys like sex.

    i really want to read the rest of the comments and the article but i have to get to church. seriously, why are 95% of these comments from women??? shouldn't there be a dialogue?? goddammit!

    too many things wrong with last comment to even begin acknowledging…

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    Katie Yeoman Kelley, this conversation isn't about sex per se. It's about using sex inappropriately, when the actual issue is something very different and the sex is gratuitous. I have nothing against sex, or men. I quite like both.

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    Tessa Shmessa
    Using images like this to sell an idea is offensive whether it's coming from PETA, Maxxim, or Cosmo. Just because you agree with an organization's mision doesn't mean you have to support all of their advertising tactics. And didn't you guys… just post a photo of Katy Perry that showed how mainstream stuff like this is horribly fake and photoshopped??? Furthermore, I am all for healthy sexuality and free speech but the porn industry changed with the advent of high speed internet and is oppressive to both women and men and extremely dangerous. What we aren't hearing from the porn industry is how over 65% of porn actors have PTSD, many many academic, peer reviewed empirical multinational studies show that well over 90% of porn actresses and sex workers have been the victim of childhood sexual and physical violence, and often are forced into this work due to dire economic need. The industry changed quite a bit with the advent of high speed internet back in the early 00s which has led to many other issues in our society – like those godawful "porn star" t shirts. People don't know what that means. I am horrified to see this on Elephant Journal. I researched all of this for over two months last semester for a project at my university – if any of you want more information or would like my reference list so you can look into any of this send me a note with your email.

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    Dalp Pearson Well said…

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    Dianne Adair Wesley ‎@KD ~~ School usually starts on Monday .. but any day is good with me — because I love animals — was raised with them and I believe PETA needs all the input it can get.. let's let Charlie Sheen … Oh no, pray for him, his wife and all of his women!

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    Jewl Bahiya
    Personally…I just don't get it. I'm not sure what the angle is. I don't know what sexy images have to do with animal abuse. I am fascinated rather than offended. It's just strange in my opinion. Elephant is supposed to be a spiritual… yoga journal and granted sex is part of our spirituality, however the cheapness of sex advertising is not spiritual in any way whatsoever, and in fact is exactly the opposite.

    W, you are a great guy and I love your magazine for the most part. However I am hearing from various sources that your magazine nowadays is about exploiting women and sexy images, it's a trashy publication. I tell people I read it because it does contain a lot of great info and articles, and the elephant stands for many similar causes that I care about. I know you are saying it's only 1% but the reality is- somehow a perception is building, and I think you should be aware of that perception. Whether or not it matters to you is up to you :) You can argue your intentions to the end of time, but people are going to read into what you are putting out there regardless of your defense, so again whether that matters to you is your call.

    Peace & Love!

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    Jewl Bahiya ok i should clarify, i get what the angle is but i still don't "get" it.

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    Dalp Pearson Baby, this here is church… you need to stay here and get the real truth about the proper way you need to be thinking about women…

    Awwwww… Kelly, baby-boy… this here is church… you need to stay here and get the real truth… about the proper way you need to be thinking about women… they/we are not objects… However, it is healthy for men/boys to like/think about women and sex… However, that is not what we are speaking here of young man… And, after all, this is suppose to be a spiritual/yoga spot and there is nothing spiritual and or balanced about using denigrating images of anyone to make a point… Namaste

  9. elephantjournal says:

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    Tessa Shmessa Regarding the comments from Elephant Journal which say that anyone who disagrees with Sasha Grey's image being used isn't thinking about the animals and needs to do yoga – that is a gross oversimplification. You need to educate yourself about the porn industry. It's a failure of critical thinking to ignore the issue at hand, and if you really care about "the animals" you would probably support PETA using a tactic that doesn't alienate so many people who would otherwise be receptive to their message.

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    Molly Wilson Why is porn not the "serious and vital issue" here as well?

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    Molly Wilson It seems to me to EJ is turning more and more to the mainstream for its content, and I have enough mainstream already. Reminds me of the article awhile back about marriage that cited what George Clooney thought (against). Why do I care?! I could get this perspective from Maxim, Cosmo, People. I am looking for something more from EJ. Are you up to the challenge anymore? Where is the Buddhist perspective on marriage, porn, and animal rights?

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    Sarah Gunnin i love it. She is beautiful and reminds me how sexy we woman are…i think the image reflects love and beauty. AND she is supporting a great cause. so whats not to love?

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    elephantjournal.com ‎@Sarah Yup. She's a strong, powerful woman, completely in control of a career she's pulled the strings of since she started and she just happens to be supporting an incredibly large cause. ~Tobye

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    Tessa Shmessa No, she isn't strong or powerful. Using attractiveness and sex for power increases the tendency to objectify women as sexual objects and subordinates. Women are subordinated when they have to use physical attractiveness and sex to gain power.

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    Molly Wilson ‎@EJ. How do you know this about Sarah?

    No comment, Waylon? That's three posts with no comment.

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    Paul Alirangues
    I am a happily married man, I consider myself a feminist, I don't use porno, I believe in animal rights and I'm a very spiritual person. I'm also a business owner and I understand marketing. From a marketing point of view, if you're trying …to bring awareness of these issues to guys who watch porn and would value a porn stars opinion(or at least pay attention to it) then you did the right thing. But it's my bet that most guys who may know who this girl is, are not readers of Elephant Journal. So from a business point a view it's probably not good marketing, because you can see that it alientates women who do read Elephant Journal and who more likely than not support the cause you're bringing attention to. From a mans point of view, an attractive half naked woman will make me stop and take a second look. I love women and I love the female form and I don't see any problem with dispalying it in a tasteful and flattering way(which most porno does not). From a feminist point of view, porn is offensive, plain and simple, as has been stated by some of the women here. From an animal rights point of view I wouldn't want you to alientate the base for the sake of the fringe. Attractive people are a good way to promote healthy living, self esteem, yoga and exercise, so I don't think you need to stop showing attractive people. But putting using a porn star to advance your causes, is only going to alienate the women here that already believe in what you do. Time for you to rethink Elephant Journal.

  10. elephantjournal says:

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    Paul Alirangues I just saw it was a dude that wrote this article. Dude, who are you trying to reach?

    PS, when you're customers are telling you they don't like what you're doing, don't tell them they're wrong, it's a big turn off.

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    Jennie Berkman-Boatman well, that's different – we sell everything else w/sex, why not spaying/neutering. It leaves me cold, but men like it I'm sure.

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    Paul Alirangues pps 48 ciomments, mostly by women, 10 like mostly by men. do the math

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    Slobbie Robbie Attachment is the root of all afflictive emotions, this includes the attachment to sex and the use of sex as power and this also includes attachment to ones own dogma. the fact that this woman wants to help animals means she has a basic sense of compassion for the animals that she would be wise to cultivate. On the other hand those that disagree with the star would be wise to cultivate a sense of compassion for not only the porn star but also for all humanity. Namaste :)

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    Paul Alirangues
    this is true, for spiritual growth we need to let go of judgement of others and turn towards ourselves. like the dalai lama has said:

    "To study Buddhism and then use it as a weapon in order to criticize others' theories or ideologies is wron…g. The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves. How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy? These are the things which we must check in daily life with the knowledge of the Buddhist teachings."

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    Katie Yeoman Slobbie, it's that compassion that's at the base of this conversation. No one attacked or disagreed with the porn star for the fact that she is a porn star. She was never denigrated in this conversation. What was said is that the objectification of women is not compassionate.

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    Slobbie Robbie if someone doesn't feel objectified… how can someone else feel objectified by that persons actions? i mean no matter what most men will/are gonna objectify women…thats because we have two brains and only enough blood to operate one at a time?

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    Katie Yeoman But it wasn't about her. It was about animals. So why the need for the semi-naked woman? That's the thing – why was she there at all?

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    Iris Sela Horowitz EJ, you're using sex to sell your articles. Plain and simple. And it's really annoying, and I am unliking. The argument that "people will only click on it if there's a naked pic to go along with it" is tired. I click on articles all day long that don't have half-naked pictures attached to them. Stop being so defensive and preachy and listen to your fans.

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    elephantjournal.com Wow! Missed a lot of comments, been working all (Sun)day elephant, but missed this thread since this morning. Love the dialogue. I think if we can, unlike dear Iris, argue, debate, discuss without having to dislike, then we're accomplishing our mission right there, and the use of that image has been justified even in how its use has inspired a conversation that may lead me to change my mine about using such images in the future..!

    As for pleasing you "customers," as someone called you, I don't regard you as consumers or "fans." You're citizens, individuals, on spiritual or human paths, hoping to lead a good life that's good for others and our planet.

    Here's the deal: I'll post an article on rescue animals or spaying and neutering, with an image of a dog or humane shelter or something. I predict that it'll be ignored, and no one (including myself) will learn anything from any debate—because there won't be one. Prove me wrong? I'll post it within 24 hours.

    Yours in respectful dialogue and learning from one another,

    Waylon

  11. elephantjournal says:

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    Katie Yeoman But Waylon, what exactly do you think we learned about the plight of the animals from this debate? It was a distraction – by posting that picture, it actually took us away from the real topic. Shouldn't you follow the right path, even if no one follows? Do you really need bait and switch?

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    Kelley Davies
    wow, tried to read these but they're too abrasive and humorless.
    @Dalp, thanks for calling me a baby boy. i don't hear that from my mother enough. i'd rather be in shambhala or first presbo than listening to rants. and secondly, who say…s ELEJ is a "spiritual yoga" magazine. i get a whole lot more from all the OTHER things it talks about than yoga. like buddhism and stuff and especially the cool stuff like this article and the ones from last week that were Su-Perb.

    and, btw, being a 20-something guy, i've never gotten a whole lot of direction regarding pornography. it's always been a part of my life. sure, people tell me it's "bad", but they're the same people that tell me "don't judge anything and anyone for being bad". the same bullshit idea that no one can be critical of anything anymore. whatever. would you give a booze-hound another drink if he asked for it?

    if you think porn is the issue, maybe you should consult the people that consume it more than the people that produce it.

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    Kelley Davies is it just me or is the feminism displayed on this thread outdated and dead?

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    Kelley Davies i call bullshit

  12. yogiclarebear says:

    Me again, I hope I’m not shooting myself in the EJ writing hand, but I can’t get this out of my head. Since I started reading EJ and contributing, the whole issue has bothered me immensely. It seems with the argument above you are implying that you are only feeding the negativity (read: sex/porn/etc) because that’s what the “readers want.” I kind of likened that to a parent giving their kid nothing but fried donuts to eat, because hey, that’s what he wants! Is it good for him? Of course not, but it gets the smile (read: click.)

    Now I know that EJ readers aren’t children, but still, why keep putting the donuts there? Yes, it gets attention to other issues (animals, yoga, eco, etc) but again, the means will eventually do…what? That kid is going to become obese with bad health problems.

    What are we feeding, and is it only for smiles/clicks? Are smaller steps (less clicks) toward getting the issues voiced better than attaching them to the vile vehicles in order to justify said voice?

    • elephantjournal says:

      Actually, a better analogy would be that I'm offering food that's good for you, non-GMO, organic…in a chocolate coating. That said, I don't regard myself as a parent, certainly, or readers as children. Not my children, anyways, and if they were donuts I'd keep 'em all to myself. I love donuts. I once ate 12 in one sitting, back in my VT youth. ~ Waylon

  13. yogiclarebear says:

    I’m just asking questions, not at ALL being righteous, because I do this too. Of course, we all have different definitions of uprightness and integrity and even “vile.” So that makes it difficult I suppose.

    Anyways, still love that badger.

  14. René Cousineau says:

    Alright, I can't speak for the majority of "porn stars" in the business right now, but I do know that Sasha Grey (like Jenna Jameson, or Jesse James, or any number of successful actresses in the industry) is completely in control of her career, does not do the things she does because of a desperate financial need, and is happy with the path she has taken. She actually doesn't even make porn anymore because she has moved on to a "more serious" acting career. In fact, I think it's sexist for one to think that women like this were somehow tricked into the business of pornography. Sure, maybe some of them would have chosen a different career, but many women like Sasha are not ashamed of what they do.

    Yes, PETA goes over the top sometimes. Yes, the actual issue that this ad presents is easy to ignore because of the imagery. But I find it sort of ridiculous that most of the people commenting are women complaining about this being gross "objectification." She knows what she's doing. She's not an idiot. Her sexuality doesn't have to be "gross" or evil. Why can't her sexuality be an asset instead? I'm sorry if this sounds ignorant but, women are beautiful. So are men. Why isn't this the response to a picture like this instead of "Oh my god, she's being objectified." The only people who can objectify her on this forum are the readers. So who is she being objectified by? You?

    Maybe this isn't EJ material, but it has certainly incited an EJ worthy debate. And I'm anxious to see who ventures to take a look at the article on the issue that Waylon posts in response to this.

    • 13thfloorelevators says:

      "Sure, maybe some of them would have chosen a different career, but many women like Sasha are not ashamed of what they do. "

      Some? People like this are extremely rare. So rare, in fact, it's entirely rational to be dubious of it.
      There is a reason drug abuse goes hand in hand with porn work. It's entirely necessary for most people to engage in some form of dissociation in order to do the work. And the idea that past trauma, economic coercion, and psychological distress is not present in nearly every case is asinine.

      In any case, your argument sounds like something a college kid who is working their way through various stages of feminism would come up with. It will get you a cup of coffee, but not much else.

    • elephantjournal says:

      Hint, hint: I've already posted it. And, yes, no one's reading or commenting on it, and I put a lot of love and time into it. I've tweeted it up, but not yet shared it on FB.

      • elephantjournal says:

        Okay, it's been shared to Facebook, and up nearly as long as the above—and it literally has 1/10th of the views. ~ Waylon

        • René Cousineau says:

          Point. Made. Boom.

          • poppymama says:

            What point exactly? That without the T&A it can be harder to get a good cause noticed? Boo hoo – the path to enlightenment is harder than you expected. Does that mean you should leave the path?
            And René, you actually missed the point. This isn't about Sasha Grey, or any other porn star , or porn itself particularly. The conversation was about the legitimacy of using gratuitous sexual imagery to get attention when it's out of context and has no relevance to the topic.

  15. Anne says:

    I'm supposed to be influenced by a porn star? Are you kidding me? Like she makes decent decisions? Please! She wants to protect animals (as many of us do) but she perpetuates an industry that degrades and desecrates humans? If you want me to support a cause, don't have a porn star (an oxymoron in itself) advertise it.

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  20. elephantjournal says:

    Right. But that Honey Badger one, which I love and posted myself, has maybe 1/4 as many readers, and no comments, and isn't about any important issue at all—other than, yes, humor, which is verrrrrry important, vital! ~ Waylon

  21. elephantjournal says:

    Honey Badger uses gay humor the way this post uses the (non-pornographic) image of a porn star—to get the reader to pay attention and actually learn something. Both work better than uncontroversial, unsexy, unfunny content…which just gets ignored, no matter how noble. ~ Waylon

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