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Overview

First published in 1990, The Sexual Politics of Meat is a landmark text in the ongoing debates about animal rights. In the two decades since, the book has inspired controversy and heated debate.

T he Sexual Politics of Meat argues that what, or more precisely who, we eat is determined by the patriarchal politics of our culture, and that the meanings attached to meat eating are often clustered around virility. We live in a world in which men still have considerable power over women, both in public and in private. Carol Adams argues that gender politics is inextricably related to how we view animals, especially animals who are consumed. Further, she argues that vegetarianism and fighting for animal rights fit perfectly alongside working to improve the lives of disenfranchised and suffering people, under the wide umbrella of compassionate activism.

This 20th Anniversary Edition includes a new preface by the author, discussing new developments in the field and answering some of her critics. It also features an introduction by Nellie McKay. If you have never read The Sexual Politics of Meat, prepare to have your worldview challenged — and possibly turned upside down — like tens of thousands of readers before you.

Praise for The Sexual Politics of Meat:

"A bible of the vegan community." —The New York Times

"Her argument is rational and persuasive....New ground - whole acres of it - is broken by Adams." —Washington Post Book World

"Read this powerful new book and you may well become a vegetarian." —Ms. Magazine

"Both thoughtful and thought-provoking." —Kirkus Reviews

"Likely to both inspire and enrage readers across the political spectrum." —Library Journal

"Carol J. Adams's original, provocative book makes a major contribution to the debate on animal rights." —Publisher's Weekly

CAROL J. ADAMS is the author of The Pornography of Meat (Continuum, 2004), and co-author of Beyond Animal Rights (Continuum, 2000), and The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Jane Austen (Continuum, 2008). She has toured as a speaker throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. More information can be found at her website: http://www.triroc.com/caroladams

In just over a year, the book with the strange title--and even strager ideas, some would say--has become the classic articulation of the hidden connections between meat eating and patriarchy, between vegetarianism and feminism. Now in paperback and widely available to readers everywhere, The Sexual Politics of Meat will have an even larger impact on the American public.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Writer/activist/university lecturer Adams's important and provocative work compares myths about meat-eating with myths about manliness; and explores the literary, scientific, and social connections between meat-eating, male dominance, and war. Drawing on such diverse sources as butchering texts, cookbooks, Victorian ``hygiene'' manuals, and Alice Walker, the author provides a compelling case for inextricably linking feminist and vegetarian theory. This book is likely to both inspire and enrage readers across the political spectrum: we learn, for example, that veal was served at Gloria Steinem's 50th birthday, as well as of the atrocities of the slaughterhouse. One wishes Adams had been more careful about documenting some of her claims--her contention, for instance, that early humans were entirely vegetarian, requires scholarly support. Nevertheless this is recommended for both public and academic collections.-- Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.
Booknews
This tenth anniversary edition of a book that might seem like some strange side-dish next to the more meaty entrees concerned with race, class, gender, and sexuality is a testament to the book's importance, one based on establishing connections between eating and being. Ms. Adams views eating as more than pleasure, business, and nutrition, seeing it intermixed in a succotash of linguistic, cultural, and political practices connected to man/woman and human/animal relations. Read this book to find out about the "absent referent," usually an animal absented by being linguistically appropriated to dramatize the speaker's experience ("He treated me like a piece of meat,"), the ancient but "absented" vegetarian themes in literature, and the absented vegetarian canon<-->great works by great writers on vegetarianism passed over by otherwise omnivorous instructors. Even after 10 years and a fresh-in-the-trenches breed of anarchovegans fighting the good fight, Adams still has vital things to say to those thinking about slaughtered flesh. The tenth edition contains a new preface and an updated bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826411846
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/1999
  • Edition description: 10TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol J. Adams is an activist and author of The Pornography of Meat, Living Among Meat Eaters, and many other books challenging a sexist, meat-eating world. She is a sought-after speaker throughout North America and Europe, and has been invited to more than 100 campuses to show "The Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show," which is always being updated to include contemporary cultural representations.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations Preface Acknowledgments Part One: The Patriarchal Texts of Meat The Sexual Politics of Meat The Rape of Animals, the Butchering of Women Masked Violence, Muted Voices The Word Made Flesh Part Two: From the Belly of Zeus Dismembered Texts, Dismembered Animals Frankenstein's Vegetarian Monster Feminism, the Great War, and Modern Vegetarianism Part Three: Eat Rice Have Faith in Women The Distortion of the Vegetarian Body For a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory Epilogue: Destabilizing Patiriarchal Consumption Notes Select Bibliography Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2003

    I'm not sure why this was even published.

    As a woman and as someone who shares her life with vegetarians, I was, by turns, disappointed, amused, and offended by this text - Adams paints with strokes so broad that no it seems she expects no vegetarian or woman to even attempt exception from what she considers to be the truth. <p> Her evidence is circumstantial and, most often, based in examples and eras that are so long-past as to have little bearing over today's views of vegetarianism. Further, her associations between the current English language and the 'oppression' and 'enslavement' of animals and women are laughable, at the very best. <p> Perhaps I'm just not socially conscious enough to appreciate this book - but if you are fond of incessant jargon, transparent arguments, and the generous use of generalizations, then perhaps you may enjoy it. <p> I say read 'Fast Food Nation' instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    Insightful

    I found this book fascinating, and recommend it for anyone who is open-minded and interested in feminism or vegetarianism. Defensive meat-eaters shouldn't even waste their time.

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