The Sexual Politics of Meat

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by Carol J. Adams

Bloomsbury

1990

SKU: 9781441173287

 

"The connections traced between rampant masculinity, misogyny, carnivorism, and militarism operate as powerfully today as when Carol Adams first diagnosed them twenty years ago" - J M Coetzee

For twenty years, The Sexual Politics of Meat has inspired, engaged, and challenged readers. Now, with a foreword by Nellie McKay, an expansive new preface by the author, and 8 pages of images culled from popular culture, The Sexual Politics of Meat is as startling, revelatory, thought-provoking, and life-changing as when it first appeared.

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory 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 20th 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.

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."

The Sexual Politics of Meat has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese, German, and Portuguese.