Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations

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Carol J. Adams, Josephine Donovan
Duke University Press, Nov 14, 1995 - Nature - 381 pages
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Animals and Women is a collection of pioneering essays that explores the theoretical connections between feminism and animal defense. Offering a feminist perspective on the status of animals, this unique volume argues persuasively that both the social construction and oppressions of women are inextricably connected to the ways in which we comprehend and abuse other species. Furthermore, it demonstrates that such a focus does not distract from the struggle for women’s rights, but rather contributes to it.

This wide-ranging multidisciplinary anthology presents original material from scholars in a variety of fields, as well as a rare, early article by Virginia Woolf. Exploring the leading edge of the species/gender boundary, it addresses such issues as the relationship between abortion rights and animal rights, the connection between woman-battering and animal abuse, and the speciesist basis for much sexist language. Also considered are the ways in which animals have been regarded by science, literature, and the environmentalist movement. A striking meditation on women and wolves is presented, as is an examination of sexual harassment and the taxonomy of hunters and hunting. Finally, this compelling collection suggests that the subordination and degradation of women is a prototype for other forms of abuse, and that to deny this connection is to participate in the continued mistreatment of animals and women.

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Joan Dunayer Sexist Words Speciesist Roots
Lynda Birke Exploringthe Boundaries Feminism Animals and Science
Carol J Adams WomanBattering and Harm to Animals
Marti Kheel License to Kill An Ecofeminist Critique of Hunters Discourse
Maria Comninou Speech Pornography and Hunting
Gary L Francione Abortion and Animal Rights Are They Comparable Issues?
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Linda Vance Beyond JustSo Stories Narrative Animals and Ethics
Diane Antonio Of Wolves and Women
Marian Scholtmeijer The Power of Otherness Animals in Womens Fiction
Reginald Abbott Birds Dont Sing in Greek Virginia Woolf and The Plumage Bill
Brian Luke Caming Ourselves or Going Feral? Toward a Nonpatriarchal Metaethic of Animal Liberation
Susanne Kappeler Speciesism Racism Nationalism or the Power of Scientific Subjectivity
Bibliography of Feminist Approaches to Animal Issues
Notes on Contributors

Karen Davis Like a Chicken Farm Animals and the Feminine Connection

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About the author (1995)

Carol J. Adams is a writer and a professional consultant on issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence. She is the author of several books, including The Sexual Politics of Meat and, most recently, Neither Man nor Beast.

Josephine Donovan is Professor of English at the University of Maine, Orono. She is the author of many books, including Feminist Theory and the editor of Feminist Literary Criticism.

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