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Jan 11, 2020 5 tweets 7 min read Read on X
A book review by #ScottBradfield in last week's @nytimesbooks praised #MurderatLakeMaggiore
(Multiple positive statements can be found in its publisher's, @NewVesselPress , tweets. The review convinced me to get the book through @audible_com 1/
@nytimesbooks @NewVesselPress @audible_com praised as an intellectual #murdermystery, it quickly instead became a #misogynist murder. The victim. a woman, is a #shrew. The protagonists--two men, the husband and a young friend discuss women as consumable objects (#thesexualpoliticsofmeat) /2
@nytimesbooks @NewVesselPress @audible_com the women are exchanged, #sexualized, #objectified, discussed as though they are #food, & sexually devoured. The reviewer does not note this, even in this era of #MeToo instead discussing #triangulation as though that & not women's objectification is the engine of the book. /3
@nytimesbooks @NewVesselPress @audible_com for the reviewer the book concerns "the small pleasures of your own little boat" -- that "your" so deceptive; your own little boat, if you are a man after World War 2, maybe. But there is no universal experience being recounted in this book. /4
@nytimesbooks @NewVesselPress @audible_com How differently two people can experience the same book! I wish the review had looked at the engine driving the book, which was not really triangulation. Some of us might want to skip a book that once again situates women as objects discussed & appropriated by men.

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Feb 9
Here's an important essay from a reporter who really dived into the issue of "cellular meat." A few points I would add to this discussion follow 1/x
Several of the players in the cellular meat movement were men from the animal rights movement (AR), leaders, who had moved the focus of AR away from community organizing and toward ballot measures and working with the companies producing most of the slaughtered animals. 2/x
Some of these men were credibly accused of sexual harassment while in the AR movement. They found a safe landing at the cellular meat movement, sometimes aided by other men in the movement. 3/x
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Oct 4, 2023
In 1990, my book "The Sexual Politics of Meat" was published. I argued that meat eating & masculinity were linked in a patriarchal culture, & that removing dead animal flesh from the plate threatened to men who were committed to gender inequality 1/x…
Since that time, as a direct response to feminist & vegan advances that together feel threatening to men's status, we find ongoing claims about the necessity of eating the flesh of dead animals. For instance, right wing activists paraded around with huge platters of meat. 2/x
In response to these anxiety-laden assertions about men, masculinity & the need for dead flesh, cultural commentators appear to interpret it. What I've noticed is how often they fail to establish any context for their analysis. As though each reiteration is something new. 3/x
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Feb 20, 2021
1/ This thread reflects on a recurring problem in discussing the history of #animalstudies, critical animal studies, & human-animal studies. It’s #misogyny. Here’s the jist: feminists & feminist ideas are devalued or ignored only to see our ideas appropriated while we disappear.
2/ This reflects on a recurring problem in animal studies. I will try later to add another thread w/ many citations of impt writings. So this is the first of more to come
3/ In Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth, @last1000chimps & I described how reflections on the development of the animal protection movement usually tell the story of its beginning w/ the publication of @PeterSinger’s Animal Liberation in 1975
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Sep 28, 2020
Dear @VegNews: I am shocked that you carried the statement by the authors of #ThugKitchen announcing their name change in your 2020 holiday issue without providing any context about their racist practices and cultural appropriation over the past 8 years. 1/x
#TheBeardedVegans offered a definitive two-part series on Thug Kitchen exposing this. They explain, "Matt and Michelle, the couple behind #ThugKitchen made a habit of slyly dodging their critics & employing a litany of gaslighting techniques to explain away their behavior." 2/x
You can find the first part of #TheBeardedVegans podcast here:… 3/x
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Aug 26, 2020
"Scoop" asked, What does defacing a billboard that features #JacindaAdren w/ a dead #possum say? It says the #sexualpoliticsofmeat is alive & well in NZ. // /1
Killing animals and using them to represent hostile feelings toward women is nothing new. It's just more visible when the woman the dead animal is used against is #jacindaardern the Prime Minister of NZ. /2
Also a reminder of the status of #possums as pests in New Zealand, explored in a paper by Ally Mccrow-Young, Tobias Linné, and Annie Potts. To lower a woman's status or objectify her, use #animals that have already been "lowered" in status.… /3
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Aug 24, 2020
Let’s take a moment to remember the #suffragists who were #vegetarian, a thread. They recognized how oppressions were connected. Some of the information is from my book, The Sexual Politics of Meat now celebrating its 30th anniversary of publication. #suffrage /1
Let’s be clear: Susan B. #Anthony was NOT a vegetarian. She was happy to get to Delmonico’s in Manhattan after staying with the #Grimke sisters, who were. She did attend a vegetarian banquet in 1853, where the toast was to “Total Abstinence, Women’s Rights, & Vegetarianism.” /2
Matilda Joslyn #Gage, a radical activist & co-editor of the 1st 3 volumes of “The History of Woman Suffrage” with Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, was a vegetarian. She was later written out of the history for her radical views. See the work of @Swagner711 /3
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