Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sexual Politics of...Meat?

As a feminist who is particularly interested in vegetarian issues, I was instantly drawn to the following recommendation:

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory
By: Carol J. Adams

I look forward to checking this out soon, but, in the meantime, here is a summary of the basic ideas discussed in the book:

From Publishers Weekly:
“Many cultures equate meat-eating with virility, and in some societies women offer men the 'best' (i.e., bloodiest) food at the expense of their own nutritional needs. Building upon these observations, feminist activist Adams detects intimate links between the slaughter of animals and violence directed against women. She ties the prevalence of a carnivorous diet to patriarchal attitudes, such as the idea that the end justifies the means, and the objectification of others. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley made her Creature a vegetarian, a point Adams relates to the Romantics' radical politics and to visionary novels by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Dorothy Bryant and others. Adams, who teaches at Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, sketches the alliance of vegetarianism and feminism in antivivisection activism, the suffrage movement and 20th-century pacifism. Her original, provocative book makes a major contribution to the debate on animal rights.”

What is the significance of this book for non-vegetarians, current vegetarians, as well as animal and women’s rights?

1 comment:

  1. Maybe this book will make you want to become one of us! Haha. We're gonna take over the world