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Species MattersHumane Advocacy and Cultural Theory$
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Michael Lundblad and Marianne DeKoven

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231152839

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231152839.001.0001

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What Came Before The Sexual Politics of Meat

What Came Before The Sexual Politics of Meat

The Activist Roots of a Critical Theory

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(p.103) 5 What Came Before The Sexual Politics of Meat
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Species Matters
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Carol J. Adams

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231152839.003.0006

In this chapter, the author offers a detailed autobiographical account of her life as an activist to explore the complex, inevitable interrelatioships between community activism, feminist advocacy for women's rights, animal activism, and humane advocacy in general. The author bases her theoretical argument on the idea of the absent referent, in which the individual belonging to a subordinated group, of whatever species, becomes invisible or erased and therefore ineligible for standing before the law of rights. She recounts how she became an activist through working locally in community-based reform movements and how that led her to become an ecofeminist animal rights activist. She shows how the theory of the absent referent allowed her to see the connection between the objectification of women and the objectification of animals, particularly food animals, which led her to write the feminist animal rights book The Sexual Politics of Meat.

Keywords:   feminist advocacy, women's rights, animal activism, humane advocacy, absent referent, animal rights, objectification of women, objectification of animals, food animals, The Sexual Politics of Meat

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