Get your read on! Join us at our August book club event where we'll be reading:
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism by Melanie Joy (Amazon, GoodReads)
Malanie Joy came to Chicago this past spring where she spoke about a term she's coined called "carnism". The event was very popular and her book was also the top pick leading up to our June book club event. So we're very excited to present her book as our next read and looking forward to a great, engaging conversation as always. Read on for more info on Melanie and her book!
About the Book
"In her groundbreaking new book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism. Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms. Like other "isms" (racism, ageism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn't eat meat, Joy's book explains why we do eat meat -- and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers." ~GoodReads
About the Author
"Melanie Joy is a social psychologist, professor, and personal coach. She has been involved in the animal liberation movement since 1989 and has worked as an activist, educator, and organizer. Her academic areas of specialization include the psychosociology of violence toward animals and humans and organizational behavior. She has written a number of articles and has been interviewed for magazines, books, and radio on her work. She teaches Psychology and Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School and a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education." ~GoodReads
New to our Book Club?
For those of you new to the group, or looking for more details on our bi-monthly book club, you can read our VCBC guidelines (pdf, opens in Google Docs). Inside you will find all the info you need if you're looking to get involved.