Thursday, 07 January 2010
They may not quite be doing it for themselves, but the sisters of the
marijuana movement are joining together under the NORML banner to
express their collective contempt for pot prohibition. Most
interesting is their stance against "sexual exploitation and
objectification of women in pot-culture and business marketing."
NORML's Sabrina Fendrick tells CelebStoner what the NORML Women's
Alliance precisely means by Position #5 in their Mission Statement:
"This is directed at all the women who have felt alienated and left
out of the marijuana law reform movement because the practice of
several high-profile advertisers in the cannabis culture industry is
to use pictures of naked or scantily clad women to sell their
'product.' These ads send the message that a woman's place in pot
culture is for the viewing pleasure of heterosexual men. These
pictures are not only degrading, they seriously hurt any attempt to
legitimize this movement within mainstream America."
Fendrick is clearly referring to companies like Legal Buds (above),
who advertise in magazines and websites like High Times.
Executive director Allen St. Pierre however, adds: "It is a general
statement directed at no specific commercial entities."
The Alliance consists of "prominent, educated, successful,
geographically diverse, high-profile professional women," including
Ann Druyan, Debby Goldsberry, Madeline Martinez, Barbara Ehrenreich,
Jessica Corry and Cheryl Shumnan.