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Read this: The body politic edition

PETA intern Kelsey Jaye, right, takes a shower in downtown Washington with PETA employee Jessica Levin. Note the high number of interested dudes. (Evy Mages for the Washington Post)

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Otherwise, we've got a few things to teach you about PETA interns. You know, the ones doing all those crazy naked things on the street? PETA's are competitive internships, and people as old as 43 are psyched to relocate so they can not be paid to have one. Writes Monica Hesse:

The ones in Washington stay in a sleek, donated U Street rowhouse with dorm-style beds. There is a corresponding house in Norfolk. The interns spend their days doing the things that most interns in Washington spend their days doing -- envelope stuffing, office work -- as well as the things that most interns in Washington don't, like dressing up as bloody seals and writhing on the street in front of the Canadian Embassy.
Jaye, 18, was at that particular protest in September, one of three arrested as she belly-crawled across a crosswalk. She was also at a Times Square demo, which was another naked one. "There were 50 demonstrators in a big naked pile, with arrows sticking out everywhere" to protest bullfighting, she says. "It was totally empowering. It's great to be able to use your body as a tool."

Elsewhere in today's Style section: Part two of Caitlin Gibson's story of a teen heroin ring in Centreville, Va. Former National Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin has a heart attack while conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; after surgery, he's doing OK. And Chris Richards recaps Bruce Springsteen's show at the Verizon Center this week.

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By The Reliable Source  |  November 4, 2009; 12:31 PM ET
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It's great to be able to use your body as a tool."

No, honey, PETA is using your body and you've become a total tool.

Posted by: 7900rmc | November 4, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Aren't they wasting water with this protest?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | November 4, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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