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Neither Man Nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals Paperback – Bargain Price, December 1, 1995
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Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Adams's THE SEXUAL POLITICS OF MEAT introduced a new idea to the general public: that the eating of meat and the oppression of woman are intimately connected. According to Adams, the patriarchal mind constructs both women and animals as 'other,' and sees them only in terms of their usefulness. Insofar as women participate in meat-eating, Adams argued, they are complicit in their own oppression. In this collection of her essays, Adams, a theologian, expands on those ideas, exploring a range of subjects: abortion rights and animal rights; connections between domestic violence and violence against animals; feminist ethics and vegetarianism; racism and animal oppression; and feminist-vegetarian theology. Although most of the essays were previously published, they have been largely inaccessible and so the collection is welcome. Some of the essays are geared to sophisticated academic audiences; most presume at least some acquaintance with feminist theory, but even general readers with an interest in animal rights will be intrigued by Adams's work. Her thinking is brilliant and original, and this volume belongs in every women's studies, theology, and environmental ethics collection."—Choice
"A radical critique of patriarchal culture." - LIBRARY JOURNAL
"This work of unflinching intelligence makes connections critical to any kind of survival with integrity. Buy it. Read it. Be challenged, comforted, and changed forever." - Robin Morgan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
More About the Author
I have published more than 100 articles in journals, books, and magazines on the issues of vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence and sexual abuse. I am particularly interested in the interconnections among forms of violence against human and nonhuman animals, writing, for instance, about why woman-batterers harm animals and the implications of this (it's in my book Animals and Women). Besides advancing scholarship and developing theory in the area of interlocking oppressions, I have created a series of books that address the vegetarian/vegan experience: Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian Survival Guide, Help! My Child Stopped Eating Meat! and The Inner Art of Vegetarianism.
I've worked to bring back into print Howard Williams's nineteenth-century classic text on vegetarianism, The Ethics of Diet. I have contributed prefaces to important vegetarian, vegan, and animal defense books and discovered an eighteenth-century vegetarian work that had never entered the vegetarian tradition.
Because I am so deeply moved by my relationship with animals, I have authored books of prayers for animals for both adults and children.
I am excited that the 20th anniversary edition of The Sexual Politics of Meat will be published next February.
I also write about literary topics, including two "Bedside" books: one on Frankenstein and one on Jane Austen. I am finishing a memoir on caregiving and reading.
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Adams argues that many feminist-vegan and feminist-vegetarian critical theorists are not comfortable with the use of "rights" within pro-vegan and pro-vegetarian animal liberation philosophies, simply because the logic of [human] rights comes from the white male class privileged embodied experience. She asks what animal ethics can look like if coming from women's embodied experience.
In Neither Man Nor Beast, Adams also gives the reader a small view into the potential of a critical whiteness analysis within animal ethics. Even though she is a white middle class woman with a graduate degree living in the privileged spaces of American modernity, Adams, to some degree, critically reflects on how unacknowledged white privilege potentially becomes a self-made barrier for the animal liberation movement. Adams writes in Chapter 4,
"[M]any people of color and some progressive whites eye the animal defense movement with suspicion.Read more ›