- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st edition (May 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 025207811X
- ISBN-13: 978-0252078118
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice Paperback – May 23, 2011
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"This book will change your way of thinking about animals who don't happen to be human." The Book Garden Review
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About the Author
Lisa Kemmerer is a philosopher-activist dedicated to working against oppression, whether on behalf of the environment, nonhuman animals, or disempowered human beings. Her books include In Search of Consistency: Ethics and Animals; Animals and World Religions; Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice; Call to Compassion: Reflections on Animal Advocacy; Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices; and Primate People: Saving Nonhuman Primates through Education, Advocacy, and Sanctuary. Kemmerer has hiked, biked, kayaked, backpacked, and traveled widely, and is currently associate professor of philosophy and religions at Montana State University Billings.
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Lisa's introduction is the best explanation I've read on intersectionality and ecofeminism. She lays out the basics of how feminism and animal advocacy are linked. Her introduction explains the philosophy in an easy-to-understand way for those new to the topic and helps those of us already familiar with the topic to fully grasp the importance of linking feminism to other-than-human animal issues.
The diversity of entries are uplifting and illuminating. For some of us who have experienced the 'animal rights world' ourselves, we know that the much of the animal rights movement reflects that of the general society - patriarchal, white-supremacist, classist, ageist, etc. This intersectional approach is the missing link that any social justice-oriented person would benefit from educating herself about. Speciesism is so easy to overlook and this book does a great job bringing our unique experiences with nonhuman individuals to the forefront. A. Breeze Harper's story of how her father encouraged her compassion was very touching.
As I read this collection of essays, I was touched by the authors' unique stories and also reminded of heart-touching, beautiful, meaningful moments in my life that awakened my compassion. Reading it was an emotionally healing experience. The ways that the authors turned their compassion and despair at what is done to other-than-human animals into positive action was inspiring as well.
This book shows why we need an intersectional approach to animal advocacy. I loved the diversity of entries. It delves into culturally taboo topics like racism, gender identities and how we project them onto animals, classism, environmental issues, and unique experiences that touched the authors' lives.
I highly, highly recommend this book to anyone who is saddened at the cruelty inflicted on animals, anyone who wonders why there is so much violence against women in our world, anyone who is concerned about the environment, and anyone who wants to co-create a kinder world in general.
In her anthology Lisa A. Kemmerer introduces the reader at length to the topic of animal activism and its close connection to other forms of oppression such as sexism, racism, homophobia, etc. sharing a collection of essays focusing on animal ethics. These essays are as diverse as the women who wrote about their experiences, including cock fighting, factory farming, the bushmeat trade, as well as contemplating theology and animals, to mention but a few.
You don't have to be a feminist to understand this book and its message. Being vegetarian probably helps. Overall I think it's almost safe to say that a lot of people won't like this book, because it forces them to rethink their view of "the other", in this case non-human animals, but it is important to understand that what we do for "us" (humans) should not be achieved at the cost of "others" (animals). Inconvenient truths? You bet. And if it weren't for women like those contributing to this book, the voices of those who can't fight for themselves would only be heard in slaughterhouses and experimental laboratories.
In short: This book will change your way of thinking about animals who don't happen to be human. Read it!
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