Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others
Social psychologist Melanie Joy explores the many ways we numb ourselves and disconnect from o ...more
I felt as though I were back in a college psychology class because my mind was being stimulated in just the way it was during some of those classes. It’s written in a very reader friendly manner and even though there’s a lot of terminology that ...more
Dr. Joy purports to give us a thoroughly researched discussion of the psychology of why we eat meat, and why we eat some animals and not other animals. This book has gotten a lot of praise, for it's fairness and respectful attitude towards people who eat meat. I'm honestly mystified by that praise. The assumptio ...more
The book starts out with a "thought experiment" - you're at a dinner party, when the host suddenly reveals the delicious stew you're eating is made of dog. Clearly, you are horrified. If you're not, well, the author doesn't know what to do, so she offers this footnote, dismiss ...more
Melanie Joy coined the term carnism to describe the belief system that sees eating certain animals as ethical and appropriate. She describes the elaborate system that has evolved to keep consumers from actually examining their food choices. As long as we care about animal su ...more
The book is intelligent and respectful to all types of people. It illuminates why it is often hard for people to give up using animals for food despite the strongly negative ethical, health and environmental consequences involved. In this respect I think it is very useful for people ...more
I'll just mention before anybody reads further, that there will be a few graphic details in the review below so be for ...more
If the author wanted to write a po ...more
It's obvious to vegetarians that society's attitudes towards animals are inconsistent, bu ...more
This is a MUST read for all of us; it's been a real EYE-OPENER for a great many whom I've met recently who also have read this book (or heard Dr. Joy speak).
While no book may be able to indisputably define humans' complicated and contradictory relationsh ...more
Another commenter described the book as "graphic." I think that's a very interesting criticism, bec ...more
Joy explores an unusual approach to Veganism, that of psychology. As someone who h ...more
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to make an informed decision on whether to eat animals or not. It not only addresses the many incongruences of this belief system called Carnism, in which consuming certain animals is considered ethical and appropriate, but also (and most importantly) points to its invisibi
I only kept reading this unfair account of half-truths because I didn't have far to go. It's a book based on poor quantity and poor quality.
I was expecting a commentary on cognitive function and ...more
The author examines the ways that animal agribusiness, and society as a whole, prevent people from questioning and changing their behavior.
Melanie Joy coins a new term to describe meat-eaters: carnists. These are people who _choose_ to eat animals.
The book, though, doesn't criticize carnists. In fact, it's written for them, for people who haven't escaped animal agribusiness's mind-hold.
But vege ...more
Regardless of exact data, everyone who lives on the planet knows that animal agricu ...more
It's unfortunately too brief on most topics. I would like way more information on the environmental impact of the meat industry for example. Facts and numbers!
And I must confess when the book discussed using psychic numbing and the three Ns and so on to explain all our meat industry related atrocities my thoughts strayed to all other horrible, often w ...more
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