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Book Group: Defiant Daughters

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From Lantern Books: "When The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theoryby Carol J. Adams was published more than twenty years ago, it caused an immediate stir among writers and thinkers, feminists and animal rights activists alike. Never before had the relationship between patriarchy and meat eating been drawn so clearly, the idea that there lies a strong connection between the consumption of women and animals so plainly asserted.

But, as the 21 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 some way 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."

All of us - regardless of what body we were born into or how we identify ourselves - have a direct and unique connection to the patriarchal structure of society. All of us are concerned about the suffering of animals. Both the emotional and sexual consumption of humans and the physical consumption of animals rely on assumptions of superiority - that male is superior to female, that human is superior to non-human - which seem recurrent across cultures, across continents, across centuries. In her original work, Carol Adams laid out the argument that to challenge one assumption, we must challenge the other. Join a contributing author and a guy well-schooled in the ways of oppressing to discuss the intersection of feminism and animal rights, and veganism as protest against patriarchy. Hopefully we will all share some personal stories.