"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. 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. 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 - like tens of thousands of readers before you.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations; Preface to the 20th Anniversary Edition; Acknowledgments; Foreword by... (to come); Part One: 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 Two: From the Belly of Zeus; 5. Dismembered Texts, Dismembered Animals; 6. Frankenstein's Vegetarian Monster; 7. Feminism, the Great War, and Modern Vegetarianism; Part Three: Eat Rice Have Faith in Women; 8. The Distortion of the Vegetarian Body; 9. For a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory; Epilogue: Destabilizing Patriarchal Consumption; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index.
Carol Adams is the author of the groundbreaking Sexual Politics of Meat, and with her co-authors, The Bedside, Bathtub, and Armchair Companion to Frankenstein. She has toured as a speaker throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She is completing a book on Jane Austen and relationships.