Book Club 2013 #3

Discussion of Carol J. Adams' "The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-vegetarian Critical Theory", our February book! Expect 11am coffee-ordering and room-organizing chaos.... followed by 11:30am discussion! (And if you can't make it, please update your RSVP accordingly!)

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  • Niki P.

    I love you guys! Seriously, the book club rocks my world. :)

    1 · February 17, 2013

  • Sean

    A continuing inspiring community of good souls - especially so evident that even a discussion of a title inspiring a great swathe of reception could yield over two hours of empowering thoughts on compassion and our socially-conscience well-being, notably on that on the power of language - thankfully reminding me that there's more than one way to skin a potato... and to borrow a phrase, an afternoon in this kind fellowship is more than a glass half AWESOME!

    3 · February 17, 2013

  • Philip C.

    I certainly was among those who were the least impressed with thi!s week's book, but it provoked an excellent and very fruitful discussion. I think we have a great group of readers with great exchanges of ideas!

    2 · February 17, 2013

  • Sarah

    Ahhh. All these comments about what an awesome time you guys had are torturing me!!! I am so upset I wasn't able to make it!!!!

    February 17, 2013

  • Rosemary M.

    No, not rolling my eyes. I would love the opportunity to meet her.

    February 17, 2013

  • Kate P

    GUYS YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS! I don't know if there are any other tweeters, but today I tweeted about having a wonderful book club discussion about SPOM, and Carol Adams retweeted AND started following me!! I'm so stoked, lol (although I know Rosemary is prob rolling her eyes ;) )

    5 · February 16, 2013

    • Niki P.

      Shut up!!!!! That's crazy!!!! Invite her to the book club as a special guest! :)

      February 16, 2013

  • Sarah

    Another stimulating, thought-provoking discussion among like minds! :-) Thanks all ~ glad to be a part of this group!

    4 · February 16, 2013

  • Kate P

    It was great to see everyone today! The discussion was so rich! I wanted to put out the invite again to join the FB page "Pittsburgh Vegans." Even if you aren't quite vegan, we have fun on that page! :)

    4 · February 16, 2013

  • Don K.

    Sorry! Something came up at the last minute.

    February 16, 2013

  • Aimee D.

    I will not be able to attend today due to the fact that I suspect I may be coming down with something and don't want to share my germs with everyone. I have started the book for March, and I definitely plan to attend meetup #4.

    February 16, 2013

    • Sarah

      We'll miss you! Feel better and see you in March!

      1 · February 16, 2013

  • Beet-Eating H.

    The Vegan Rabbit, a fellow vegan blogger, wrote a thought-provoking post yesterday that could add an interesting twist to our discussion.

    Here it is:

    http://veganrabbit.com/2013/02/15/sex-in-animal-rights-activism/

    2 · February 15, 2013

    • Niki P.

      Fascinating... and perfect for Saturday!!!! Likewise, I went to a lecture yesterday about speciesism and sexism in science.

      February 15, 2013

    • Sarah

      Where at Niki?

      February 16, 2013

  • Niki P.

    So sorry Aimee and penny! Hope to see you next time!!!!

    1 · February 16, 2013

  • Niki P.

    ATTENTION ALL FEBRUARY BOOK CLUB ATTENDEES:

    As those of you were were present in Dec and Jan know, the wait to order coffee when we all walk into TBI at 11am is LONG and tends to take away from valuable discussion-time. I contacted TBI to see if there was a way around this, and there is!!! #1 they agreed to staff a second barista during the book club, JUST FOR US!!!!
    #2 They actually have large press pots of coffee (yield=approx 6 cups), which they said they'll prepare for us IF we're OK with sharing pots downstairs AND we let them know in advance approximately how many we want. So please, if i could get a quick, approximate show of hands: How many people will drink coffee saturday? If I get a rough estimate, I can put in an order to have them start this ahead of time. Pots are $10 apiece and we would just split up the cost among the coffee drinkers at the meeting. Obviously folks ordering other goodies would just be pay-as-you-go.

    Quick replies appreciated! Thanks!

    February 14, 2013

    • Sarah

      I'd like to take part in that coffee action too!

      February 15, 2013

    • Sean

      Hi! I'd posted a yea to this when I saw it from my phone. I suppose it didn't take... in or out, whatever works (although I am still working, so coffee is a necessary good). C'yinz! Yay! Vegan Book Club!!!

      February 16, 2013

  • Penny M.

    We have been having our bathroom remodeled. Due to problems with the electricity and now the toilet, they will be working on Sat. so I need to remain at home tomorrow. I spent all week reading this book and looked forward to the discussion!

    February 15, 2013

  • Jeffrey C.

    For what it's worth, here's the short review of SPOM that I posted on Goodreads:

    http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/537040418

    1 · February 15, 2013

  • Don K.

    Coffee is good for me as well

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join this Meetup group

    February 14, 2013

    • Niki P.

      There's a waiting list right now due to space. We've encouraged folks to RSVP yes in order to get themselves on the waiting list (in case a spot opens up) or else to considering forming a separate book club group, if the need is great enough!

      February 14, 2013

  • Sarah

    I've only read the first few chapters so far too. I'm having a hard time getting into it myself. It had such great potential and so many people reference it, yet I'm not exactly impressed. But there is still more to go. I'm not giving up yet...

    February 11, 2013

    • Steve

      +1 This will not be a keeper for me, either

      February 12, 2013

    • Sarah

      Agree - not my favorite...

      February 13, 2013

  • Ellen S.

    I'm actually a little relieved this book is giving most of us pause... I was fearing I was the only one struggling and did not want to seem insensitive to women or animals! I see the author earnestly making her case but it's not connecting well for me. I'm still plugging away tho and I think it's a good mental exercise !! Thanks everyone for being willing to push the envelope and think in ways that might not be easy! See you Saturday!

    3 · February 12, 2013

  • Kate P

    I think that even though it might get redundant, the basic theory is an important one for us to examine in regards to our own experiences in our society and to greater society at large. Just looking at the ads in the middle was shocking to me!! I think I will probably be much more aware of those types of things from now on!

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • Jeffrey C.

    I recommend that everyone allow themselves to skim over some of the long sections about obscure works of literature, as opposed to the pretty interesting chapter on Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein."

    The important thing is the book's big ideas, including the absent referent and the concept that flesh-eating is intimately connected to other forms of oppression.

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • Niki P.

    We went right from the chit-chatty, girl-next-door tone of book 1 to an intellectual book of critical theory. (So much for smooth transitions!!!!) Even if there wasn't big love for the book itself, I think we're gonna end up with some pretty good discussion topics for Saturday, if we stick to the book's big themes

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Philip C.

    Don't worry Kate. It doesn't get any better in the latter half :*)

    February 11, 2013

  • Kate P

    I just realized this is in a few days and I'm not even halfway yet!

    February 11, 2013

  • Niki P.

    Friendly reminder: If you're not able to join us, PLEASE update your RSVP to make space available. Thanks!!!!!!

    January 31, 2013

  • Niki P.

    A thought for our discussion:

    I'm in the thick of the book right now, in the chapter (3) on language. The focus (more or less) is on how language can be manipulated in order to keep animal attrocities "invisible": e.g. calling something a "burger" instead of a "cow," would be a small and obvious example of this. (There's no need to rush there and look at it or anything, but when you get to it, there's a text box on page 95 that kinda sums things up!) Anyways, since getting into this chapter, I've been making a (written) note of statements I've heard people making that exemplifies this kind of lingustic gymnastics If anyone wants to join me in this little exercise and bring thier lists to the meeting, I'd love to know what others heard around them.... or caught themselves saying!

    Happy reading,
    Niki~

    2 · January 25, 2013

  • Kate P

    Anyone start this yet? I think today's snow is a good excuse for me to get some reading done :)

    January 25, 2013

    • Niki P.

      Yep! About a third of the way through

      January 25, 2013

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