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Forgotten Vegetarian Books: “The Sexual Politics of Meat”

I bought this book about the same year I first started modeling for figure drawing classes at the School of Visual Arts. It help me validate that what I had to offer art classes was worthwhile and not a perpetuation of a woman’s body being a consumable product.

I work on a platform; not a pedestal nor butcher's block.

First published in 1990, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams explores a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense, and literary theory. The New York Times called it “a bible of the vegan community.” It is available in a Tenth Anniversary Edition. When it first appeared in 1990, Library Journal called The Sexual Politics of Meat “an important and provocative work” and predicted it would “inspire and enrage readers across the political spectrum.” True to Library Journal’s prediction, the book was hailed by CHOICE as a “’bible’ for feminist and progressive animal rights activists” and equally reviled by conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh.

This is NOT Bacon.

The appearance of The Sexual Politics of Meat triggered dramatic international media coverage of the book. Polity Press in the United Kingdom immediately issued a British Edition. Full page articles appeared in Australian and Dutch newspapers; reviews appeared in Italy and Norway as well as in Great Britain and the United States. The Kirkus Review concluded that it was “an intelligent polemic…Adams’s observations are telling, most are seductively sprung…the argument is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.” Publisher’s Weekly observed that “Carol J. Adams’s original, provocative book makes a major contribution to the debate on animal rights.”


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vegan, runner, blogger, mom, model, artist, tarot reader.

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