The title of the post is a quote excerpted from the book The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams.
Given my propensity to large quantities of animal flesh and the fact that I had my WAGS final paper on the brain, some quick googling yielded this little gem of a book deep from the annals of the internet and dusty shelves of a library somewhere. I have not, as of yet, read more than the few pages available for preview online, but I plan to secure and read the book over my much deserved Holiday break. That, and my senior comps book will keep me occupied in interterm.
The gist of the project, from what I can gather, is that there is an interrelatedness of the oppression of women and of animals, and more specifically that what and who we eat is determined by patriarchal politics of our culture. Animal’s meat and women’s sexuality are commodified and consumed by men that believe they have a right to them.
I am neither a vegetarian nor a feminist (in the classic sense of the word, or as defined by the dictionary) but I am more of a feminist than I am a vegetarian. No one will ever convince me to stop eating meat, or at least it is highly unlikely.
I am, however, intrigued by this (by my standards) unusual approach to the subject and look forward to at least hearing what the author has to say.
Needless to say countless questions have already popped up on my radar and I am ready to dispute and refute points Carol J Adams advances in the book. I will however, try to keep an open mind and write an honest, fair review of the book for the blog in a few months time.
I keep asking myself why anyone reads this stuff anyways….
Not to belittle either cause independent of one another, but together this is already borderline absurd at face value. The amount of times the word sausage comes up in the google books preview of a few pages is comical, as is the juxtaposition of terms with sexual / culinary implication (think: rump, etc…)
But seriously though, should make for some good times!