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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.
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.
Posted December 27, 2003
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 3, 2000
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 12, 2010
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