The Pornography of Meat
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The Pornography of Meat

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How does someone become a piece of meat? Carol J. Adams answers this question in this provocative book by finding hidden meanings in the culture around us. From advertisements to T-shirts, from billboards to menus, from matchbook covers to comics, images of women and animals are merged - with devastating consequences. Like her groundbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat, wh...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 24th 2003 by Continuum (first published 2003)
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missy ward-lambert
Anyone who knows me well already knows how influenced I've been by Adams' prior book "The Sexual Politics of Meat," because I talk about it all the time. [The ways our culture conflates masculinity with meat-eating as a practice of domination, the way mainstream advertising images feminize animals and animalize women and concurrently naturalize intersecting oppressions, and so forward.] This book is like a more lay-reader-friendly version of "The Sexual Politics of Meat." It contains many of the...more
vylit
The pornography of meat is a very interesting book. It discusses the intersections between meat eating, selling, production, and the selling, shaping, and framing of women. In essence, it's about women and turning women into something less than human, which is continuously done in advertising and pop culture. While I might not agree with all the conclusions Adams reaches, I think the topic is fascinating, she presents the material in an interesting way, and the compiling that she did for this bo...more
CloverGreen13
Phenomenal book! If you have any interest in women, gay, minority or animal rights then this is the book for you! Adams makes a compelling case for the connection between gender/sexual oppression and the slaughter and consumption of animal products in our society. Adams argues that the "trinity of interrelated forces-objectification, fragmentation, and consumption-impact our cultural and personal consciousness about women and animals." I would not recommend this book to anyone who isn't ready to...more
Leanda
Look at the pictures.
Kelly
Interesting [But Abstract] Study of Parallel Oppressions

"The Pornography of Meat" seems largely to be a condensed version of Adams's earlier volume, "The Sexual Politics of Meat". The general premise is the same, as are many of her arguments; however, "Pornography" is much shorter and easier to wade through.

With its informal writing style, "Pornography" reminds me of a journal-slash-scrapbook as opposed to a more scholarly piece of literature. Adams's writing style can be somewhat disconcerting;...more
Penelope
This was really more of a 2.5 for me (mainly because of the disjointed writing). The images themselves tell a far clearer story than Adams does. I'd give her "slideshow" of images 3.5ish stars, although I really wish some of the image reproductions were better. I couldn't even read some of them, which seems to defeat the purpose.

I think Carol Adams brings up many provocative, valid points. However, it seems like this book was basically compiled from slide-show notes. I realize the book is based...more
Peacegal
For those of us who found Adams’s previous work, The Sexual Politics of Meat, a bit to dense and crouched in academia-speak, Pornography is a much more distilled and reader-friendly version of the groundbreaking ideas Adams advances.

This is a fine book (and not just because one of my submissions made it into its pages!) Adams gives voice and form to an issue many animal advocates have encountered--the linked oppression of animals and women in male culture. Even if this idea seems hard to believe...more
Sydney
This book changed my life in High School. As a intro to thinking about objectification and the connections between sexist/patriarchal paradigms and subjugation of animals it turned me into a radical feminist vegan. I'm not vegan anymore, but I'm still glad I read this book. It's outrageous and at times a little ridiculous, but overall the points are good and the images are real. It drives the point home. You'll start seeing the connections everywhere: personification of objects and objectificati...more
Frances Mican
Excellent. This book talks about two things very dear to my heart, and how interconnected they are: feminism and animal rights. (Of course, by necessity it discusses patriarchy, oppression, racism, etc. as well - ahhh, intersectionality at it's finest!) Adams discusses the vicious cycle between the use and misuse of animals and the oppression of women (i.e. women are animalized which lowers them to a lesser status, and animals are feminized which further lowers their status, and this cycle creat...more
Fiona
I appreciated the ideas in this book but the writing was so disjointed as to often obscure the author's point. She leapt from idea to idea, often without linking them. From what I have read this is a result of it being based on a slideshow she presents on campus. It's a shame it's not better organised and argued because the points she makes are compelling. Nevertheless, I will track down a copy of her earlier book, The Sexual Politics of Meat, since I have heard great things about this title and...more
Gina
the ideas in the book are excellent. the pictures in the book are even better. the writing itself is not as concise or organized as it should be. i imagine that when she toured with a lecture of this material, a lot of the book came directly from her presentations, which doesn't translate as well in writing.

still, an important addition to the work that highlights the intersection of the meat industry, marketing, and sexism.

it's worth buying the book just for the collection of pictures and illus...more
Bonsai
Feb 06, 2012 Bonsai marked it as gave-up  ·  review of another edition
As much as I'm interested in the substance of hard-core* feminism, I'm afraid I may not be receptive to its written form and style. This is the second time I haven't been able catch hold of enough context and narrative to find my footing. As I read, I quickly ending up feeling like someone speaking vehemently from a podium is fading in and out of earshot.


*Can you even say "hard-core" when you're talking about feminism?
Yuliya
The book that helped me go vegan. I read it while pregnant and every argument just clicked. Thank you Carol J. Adams!
Stephen
Very interesting book about the objectification of animals and woman.
Mary Ann Spier
Disturbing, eye-opening and incredibly interesting.
Sladjana
Lucid, logical and sublime.
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Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegetarian theorist and author of books on eco-feminism and the links between species oppression and gender oppression.
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