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The Pornography of Meat

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  214 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
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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Feb 10, 2015 Joanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political, 2000s
I don't know exactly why I bought this book. Hmmm.. It was a dollar at the used bookstore, and it had all these lovely handwritten notes of thanks, sincerely worded, to a college class's transgender guest speaker (the book looks unread, btw) who I assume this was originally given to, pages of the stuff, so I was like, eh, okay, I'll take it home, give it a chance. Otherwise, yeah... don't really know why I would buy and read an anti-pornography animal rights activist's slide-show-for-college-stu ...more
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Jan 25, 2013 missy jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 02, 2009 vylit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2007 Leanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Look at the pictures.
Feb 20, 2011 Peacegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Oct 14, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
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;
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
Aug 07, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. Adams has a lot of profound and important insights. This book made a lot of important connections between the imagery of women, people of color, animals--and connects them all to meat. She points out that the way all these groups are portrayed reduces them to "mass terms" in which they are represented as interchangeable objects for consumption, stripped of their existence as individuals, as subjects, something which is reserved for white, cisgendered, heterosexual men.

However, I can't
Apr 25, 2016 saizine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, I am quite disappointed by one of Adams’ books. I had slightly higher hopes for this one—seeing as it appeared to be building on the two sections of The Sexual Politics of Meat that I felt were the strongest, but it falls apart quite quickly. There are some great ideas in here, and some great connections (and continued deployment of the concept of the absent referent, which is a fascinating way of thinking about how we think about things), but the presentation is just so disjointed, s ...more
May 12, 2014 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This book largely consists of a discussion of images related to Adams’s seminal The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (first published in 1990), and many of the images were collected and supplied by readers of her earlier book. Although I at times found its rather choppy style and lack of in-depth analysis slightly annoying, all the illustrations made it worth a read anyway. Yet, unless one is more interested in viewing examples than working through analysis and argu ...more
Jun 19, 2014 CloverGreen13 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Frances Mican
Jan 14, 2013 Frances Mican rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2009 Fiona rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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?
Jan 10, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strange kind of book, essays read more like some kind of thematically centered collage rather than fully drawn essays. Works well as a companion to Sexual Politics but definitely not as an introduction to these ideas. Pictures really are great. I wonder if Sexual Politics would work better with all of these examples laid out on the page.
This book was apparently based on a slide show presentation and as such, it is difficult to follow. The topics are all over the place and shift focus rapidly. At times the author seems to be referencing images which aren't in the book.

While the author does make some interesting connections amidst all the noise and confusion, some of them were a bridge too far for me.
Dec 01, 2015 Apr3mi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still an up-to-date book, the Pornography of Meat is an interesting essay. It's sad to see that advertising are still using the same techniques to sell bodies of animals and women and that a lot of gender domination still exists. Let's hope for more openmindness and equality.
Mar 02, 2009 Yuliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that helped me go vegan. I read it while pregnant and every argument just clicked. Thank you Carol J. Adams!
Like with her book The Sexual Politics of Meat: good point, but horrible structure. It takes too much of the reader's time to put everything she says together into a coherent argument.
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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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