POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-Carol J. Adams, a vegetarian activist and author of The Pornography of Meat, will present the "Sexual Politics of Meat Slide Show," discussing the images of women and animals in contemporary culture on Thursday, April 2. The program will begin at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room of the College Center and is free and open to the public. A gourmet vegan reception will follow the lecture.
"The Slide Show provides an eco-feminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and speciesism by exploring the way popular culture presents images of race, gender, and species to further oppressive attitudes," explained Adams. "It also suggests forms of resistance against the construction of individuals, human or non-human, as ‘meat.'"
Adams has given many lectures focusing on the gender, race, and class implications of meat culture. She has also published almost 100 articles in journals, books, and magazines on issues of vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Her 1990 book The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory traces the links between feminism and veganism, and highlights the historical connection between meat-eating and physical strength, which she says leads society to consider vegan men effeminate. The New York Times described the book as "a bible of the vegan community," while the Washington Post praised Adams for joining "the ideas of two movements-vegetarianism and feminism-and [turning] them into a single coherent and moral theory."
Her other books include Neither Man nor Beast; Living among Meat Eaters: the Vegetarian Survival Guide; Help! My Child Stopped Eating Meat!; and The Inner Art of Vegetarianism.
Adams became a vegetarian in 1974 when she came home from university and someone told her that her pony was dead.
"That night at supper, I went to eat a hamburger and suddenly I paused and thought, this is a dead animal-as dead as my pony. Why would I eat this hamburger if I wouldn't eat my pony? I realized I was a hypocrite," she told Life in 2000.
Adams received a master's degree in divinity from Yale in 1976. She also noted that she has a strong connection to Vassar as both her sisters and nephews are alumnae/i: Nancy Adams, class of 1969; and Jane Adams, class of 1975; Benjamin Fry, class of 2000; Chris Fry, class of 1993; and his spouse Kim Harley, class of 1992.
This lecture is sponsored by the Vassar student organizations: the Animal Rights Coalition, Student Activist Union, and Feminist Alliance as well as the academic departments of Geography, Women's Studies, and Environmental Studies.
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