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The Pornography of Meat by Carol J. Adams
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May 17, 11

bookshelves: essays-criticism, feminism-gender-studies, non-fiction, spring-11, veg-n-and-cooking
Read from May 11 to 14, 2011

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 on her slide-show, but that doesn't mean it can't be a polished, well-written piece of work. It definitely is not, and I found it frustrating to read sometimes. Nonetheless, Adams' passion and knowledge about the topic shine through the occasionally muddled writing.

Even as a recently converted vegetarian, I had never considered animals (particularly the ones we eat) as being gendered. I had never considered how advertising for meat reflects gender stereotypes or enforces binary gender roles. Her argument is intriguing and disturbing. After finishing this book, I began seeing examples of "the pornography of meat" all over the place. It really is scary how such disturbing ideas and images are so deeply ingrained in our cultural imagery.

I'll be looking into Adams' book "The Sexual Politics of Meat." It sounds like a more "academic" version of this book, and will hopefully be more structured and provide an in-depth discussion of the ideas presented in "The Pornography of Meat."

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Reading Progress

05/11/2011 page 38
20.0% "So far I think Carol Adams is making a solid argument (the connections are truly disturbing). Her writing is a bit fragmented and I wish she would go into more depth with some of her examples and examine them more closely."

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