Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and the Sexual Politics of Meat (Paperback)

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By Kara Davis (Editor), Wendy Lee (Editor), Carol J. Adams (Introduction by)
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When "The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory" by Carol J. Adams was published more than twenty years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists, and animal rights activists. Never before had the relationship between patriarchy and meat eating been drawn so clearly--the idea that there is a strong connection between the consumption of women and animals.

But, as the twenty-one personal stories in this anthology show, the impact of this provocative text on women's lives continues to this day, and it is as diverse as it is revelatory. One writer attempts to reconcile her feminist-vegan beliefs with her Muslim upbringing; a second makes the connection between animal abuse and her own self-destructive tendencies. A new mother discusses the sexual politics of breastfeeding, while another pens a letter to her young son about all she wishes for him in the future. Many others recall how the book inspired them to start careers in the music business, animal advocacy, and food. No matter whether they first read it in college or later in life, whether they are in their late teens or early forties, these writers all credit "The Sexual Politics of Meat" in one way or another with the awakening of their identities as feminists, activists, and women. Even if you haven t read the original work, you re sure to be moved and inspired by these tales of growing up and, perhaps more important, waking up to the truths around us.

Including a foreword from Carol J. Adams herself, this collection of fresh, bold voices defies expectations and provides rousing support for the belief that women have the power to change the world around them for this generation and those to come.

Featuring writing by:
Sarah E. BrownMelinda FoxRochelle M. GreenJennifer GrubbsRuby HamadKate JacobyKate LarsonAshley MaierColleen MartellCarolyn MullinKaty OttoMargaret PerretDallas RisingMarla RoseVidushi SharmaJasmin SingerDarlene SmootKim SochaSunaura TaylorLaura WrightLagusta Yearwood.

About the Author

Kara Davis is Managing Director at Lantern Books. She is a street activist who got her start as a teen with the Sanctuary Movement in Arizona, and worked many years with Act Up and Fed Up Queers in NYC. She recently attempted some food activism in the "locavore" crazy Hudson Valley by accepting food stamps for pickled vegetables, fresh tofu, seitan, and nut cheese at the farmer's market, and running a sliding scale vegan C.S.A. Kara is a proud volunteer at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and lives in a crumbling old house with her girlfriend and too many rescued cats.

Carol J. Adams, M. Div., is the author of the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat, now in a 20th anniversary edition, as well as more than 100 articles in journals, books, and magazines on the issues of vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590564196
ISBN-10: 1590564197
Publisher: Lantern Books
Publication Date: March 2014
Pages: 262
Language: English