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Carol J. Adams – The Sexual Politics of Meat


Sunday September 10, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | Studio Theatre | Speakers

Carol J. Adams is the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat (1990) and many other books, including co-authoring Even Vegans Die: A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Acceptance, and Protecting Your Legacy of Compassion (2017). She is a popular speaker on college campuses and as keynoter at international conferences.

The Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show is an evolving one-hour dynamic and challenging presentation that uses images of women and animals in contemporary popular culture to discuss oppressive attitudes. It develops and expands ideas found in the books The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat. It introduces the concept of the “absent referent” through autobiography and then systematically applies an analysis of how it functions to explain the animalizing of women in contemporary cultural images and the sexualizing of animals used for food.

It draws upon images that have been sent from around the world and is constantly being updated as it tracks changes, regressions, and reiterations of the sexual politics of meat in popular culture.

The Slide Show provides an ecofeminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of misogyny, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture draws on dominant Western philosophical viewpoints regarding race, gender, and species. It identifies how meat has been a valued masculine-identified protein source and the ways that assumptions about meat eating reinforce a gender binary. It proposes that many meat advertisements are conduits for hate-speech against women and also that they offer ways to encode “whiteness” without being explicit. It defines and discusses “feminized protein” and the reproductive exploitation of female animals and identifies how objectification, fragmentation and consumption function through oppression. 

To order any of her books before the Veg Food Fest, or to acquaint yourself with her work and philosophy, visit her website. She will also be selling copies of her books at the festival.