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Believing that domination of women and violence toward women are often connected with domination of and violence toward animals, Adams (The Sexual Politics of Meat: a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, Continuum, 1990) continues her ecofeminist analysis of the relationship between objectification (for example, of animals and their corpses or of women through pornography), experimentation, and consumption. In the process, she provides a radical critique of patriarchal culture; "Christian humanocentric theology," which supports not only human/animal dualism but also man/woman dualism; and meat eating and fur wearing. She advocates an activism that reveals the truth about animal suffering and about women's lives. Recommended for informed lay readers.
Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, Va.
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"This book will enrage some, enlighten some, liberate some, and get many to think. That is what makes a great theoretical work. And that is what Carol Adams has produced. For anyone wanting to enlarge their understanding of and feelings for animals, nature and ourselves, NEITHER MAN NOR BEAST is one selection that must be read."—The Av


"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.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826408036
  • ASIN: B005IUYB3O
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By A. Harper on June 24, 2011
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in Neither Man nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals, Adams appreciates how authors such as Tom Reagan and Peter Singer describe the suffering that animals endure as consumable commodities, however, she argues that their epistemologies around animals is filtered through a human male experience. She writes, "Do Reagan and Singer and other animal-defense theorists have the analysis correct- they understand and act upon the problem of animals' instrumentality- but incorrectly attempt to fit it within a framework delimited by its own human male bias?." Adams recognizes that epistemologies come from embodied experiences, and that this embodied experience is subjective and based on factors such as gender.
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.
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I always enjoy Carol Adams' intersectional approach to things, which always includes race, gender, class, animals, and so on. Many animal lib books, or intersectionality books, leave out women, or race, or animals. Carol Adams never fails to keep me interested. I always read her books quickly.
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A must read for feminists and vegans alike.
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