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Defiant Daughters

Postby Shiva » Fri May 31, 2013 8:53 pm

Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat

When The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams was published more than twenty years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists and animal rights activists alike. Never before had the relationship between patriarchy and meat eating been drawn so clearly, the idea that there lies a strong connection between the consumption of women and animals so plainly asserted.

But, as the 21 personal stories in this anthology show, the impact of this provocative text on women's lives continues to this day, and it is as diverse as it is revelatory. One writer attempts to reconcile her feminist-vegan beliefs with her Muslim upbringing; a second makes the connection between animal abuse and her own self-destructive tendencies. A new mother discusses the sexual politics of breastfeeding, while another pens a letter to her young son about all she wishes for him in the future. Many others recall how the book inspired them to start careers in the music business, animal advocacy, and food. No matter whether they first read it in college or later in life, whether they are in their late teens or early forties, these writers all credit The Sexual Politics of Meat in some way with the awakening of their identities as feminists, activists, and women. Even if you haven't read the original work, you're sure to be moved and inspired by these tales of growing up and, perhaps more important, waking up to the truths around us.

Anyone read this yet?
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Re: Defiant Daughters

Postby Shiva » Fri May 31, 2013 8:55 pm

Edited excerpt by Ruby Hamad: Intersecting oppressions: perspectives from a Muslim vegan feminist

A childhood hen friend, witnessing a relative’s ritual slaughter of sheep and shocking footage of the torture and killing of Australian cattle in Indonesia caused Ruby Hamad to make the links between feminism and animal rights. Feminists who eat meat, she argues, may be fighting for their own liberation, but as long as they participate in animal exploitation they are propping up the very system they are fighting against.
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Re: Defiant Daughters

Postby quagga » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:15 pm

Have anyone read this yet? I had the pleasure of hearing Carol J. Adams speak here in Chico a few months ago, but she made no mention of this anthology.
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