Feminist Discussion Group: Vegetarianism

2 Apr

[Trigger/content warning for some pictures and links after the jump (if you click ‘Continue reading ->’), which may contain graphic/violent/sexist/racist imagery. There’s no graphic animal cruelty pics though]

It is a common trope to present 'women as meat'

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.- Alice Walker

So, are you interested in animal rights? In women’s rights? In environmentalism? There are many who see the oppression and mistreatment of animals as similar or interlocking with the systemic subjugation of women and degradation of nature. Of course, there are others who don’t!

This week we are having our weekly Wednesday discussion group about if and how all these ideas and struggles are connected. Everyone is welcome, and you definitely don’t need to be an expert or have come to any of our events before. Think of it as a more relaxed and fun tute – but with free (vegan) pizza!

We’ll also talk about some of the pitfalls others have fallen into by not taking into account their privilege on this issue (for example PeTA’s sexist ads, lack of acknowledgement of the luxury of saying no to foods, ignorance of indigenous hunting & knowledge systems, and ignoring how a common oppressive & racist technique is to compare humans to animals).

Phew! Definitely food for thought (har har!). Hope to see you there!

1pm Wednesday, Mary Cooke rooms, Level 2, Union House

Reminder: please only click ‘Continue reading ->’ if you are feeling tough… there’s some graphic images following!

What's the link between eating meat and ideas of masculinity?

Burger King ad in Singapore

Click image for link to article: Food & Gender: Men are Carnivores, Women are Meat

(English: tofu is gay.) Click image for link to article: Homophobia and the Sexual Politics of Meat

Click for article: New PETA Vegetarian Anti-Obesity Campaign Asks Us to ‘Save the Whales’

Click for link to article: Why Peta Is Sexist And Not A Real Vegan Organization

Click image for article: The Woman Animalized

Click image for link to collection of pics/vids about the sexual politics of meat

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