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The 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.
The 20th Anniversary Edition of this cult classic: a book that has changed the lives of thousands of women.
"A bible of the vegan community" - the New York Times.
This book includes a brand new preface by the author, examining how society's attitudes have changed (and how they haven't) over the last two decades.
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.
The 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. And she argues too 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. If you've never read The Sexual Politics of Meat, prepare to have your worldview challenged - and possibly turned upside down - liketens of thousands of readers before you.
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.
List of Illustrations
Preface to the 20th Anniversary Edition
Foreword by ... (to come)
Part 1 The Patriarchal Texts of Meat
1 The Sexual Politics of Meat
2 The Rape of Animals, the Butchering of Women
3 Masked Violence, Muted Voices
4 The Word Made Flesh
Part 2 From the Belly of Zeus
5 Dismembered Texts, Dismembered Animals
6 Frankenstein's Vegetarian Monster
7 Feminism, the Great War, and Modern Vegetarianism
Part 3 Eat Rice Have Faith in Women
8 The Distortion of the Vegetarian Body
9 For a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory
Epilogue: Destabilizing Patriarchal Consumption