Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Anthropornography: The Sexual Politics of Meat

Mood Tune: Gitty Up by Salt-n-Pepa (YouTube)

How does a person become a piece of meat? Is meat consumption tied to physical and sexual violence in society?

Carol J. Adams answers these questions by finding hidden meanings in the culture around us. From advertisements to T-shirts, from billboards to menus, from matchbook covers to comics, images of women and animals are merged — with devastating consequences.

Thus, the term anthro-pornography, no dash.

Got an email about Carol J. Adams making an appearance in Los Angeles soon, discusssing her books, The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory and The Pornography of Meat.

From what I see on her website... all the connections between meat consumption, feminist theory, pornography, and advertising make sense. Of course I have more investigating to do. And I also have to think more about how my meat-eating contributes to the conditions of the world.

But that's the cool thing about being at a college campus... you can investigate, satisfy curiosities, wonder about things no one else seems to care or think about... and you're a better person for just having your mind ponder the shades of gray.

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