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Ecofeminist Carol Adams Discusses ‘Sexual Politics of Meat’ Nov. 6

Oct. 23, 2013. Ecofeminist Carol Adams, author of “The Sexual Politics of Meat,” will present a slide-illustrated talk Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Appalachian State University. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s Parkway Ballroom.

A reception and book signing will follow. The public is invited to attend.


Her presentation is sponsored by the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Department of English, Department of Sustainable Development, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Global Studies Program, Multicultural Center and Office of International Education and Development.

Adams’ talk is an evolving, dynamic and challenging presentation that discusses the images of women and animals in contemporary popular culture by drawing upon the ideas found in “The Sexual Politics of Meat,” published in 1990, and her book “The Pornography of Meat,” published in 2003. The talk explains the animalizing of women in contemporary cultural images and the sexualizing of animals used for food. The presentation draws upon images that have been sent from around the world and is constantly updated to reflect changes in popular culture.

In addition to her focus on feminism and animal advocacy, Adams has been instrumental in integrating environmental issues into eco-feminist theory by discussing the contribution of meat production to depleted soils, water waste, high fuel consumption, and habitat fragmentation.  She points out that worldwide 33 percent of arable land is devoted to raising animals for meat and the grain to feed them.  In addition, a third of all fossil fuel is used in meat production and 70 percent of all U.S. grain. 

By interweaving cultural analysis of the ideology of meat-eating combined with the consequences of this wide-spread practice, Adams makes an important and timely contribution to on-going discussions about how to mitigate the effects of climate change, a worldwide crisis that  21st century college students will increasingly confront in their lifetimes. 

Adams, who has a divinity degree from Yale University, has published dozens of books with both academic and popular presses as well as articles in scholarly journals and mainstream media.  She speaks regularly on college campuses across the country. 

To learn more about Adams, visit http://www.caroljadams.com  or http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2010/04/more-than-just-meat.