Animals and Women

Animals and Women

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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 womena€™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.For instance: -aquot;He would tie me up and force me to have intercourse with our family dog. ... He would get on top of ... aquot;From then on if I didna#39;t do something he wanted, hea#39;d bring me a pet, a dog.aquot; (aquot;Lovelaceaquot; ... (Russell 1990, xii) Pornography is often used when men force sex between a woman and an animal . It may be usedanbsp;...

Title:Animals and Women
Author:Carol J. Adams
Publisher:Duke University Press - 1995-11-14


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