Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice, University of Illinois Press, 2011
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30 June 2011
Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social
Justice, University of Illinois Press, 2011
If it weren't for women like those contributing to this book, the voices of
those who can't fight for themselves would only be heard in slaughterhouses and
UPC President Karen Davis is pleased to announce publication of this amazing
anthology of writings by women who advocate for animals & tell their stories
The Book Garden - A Review
A feminist view on animal advocacy? I certainly haven't heard about such an
approach before. All the more reason for me to pick up Sister Species: Women,
Animals And Social Justice to satisfy my curiosity.
In her anthology Lisa A. Kemmerer introduces the reader at length to the topic
of animal activism and its close connection to other forms of oppression such
as sexism, racism, homophobia, etc. sharing a collection of essays focusing on
animal ethics. These essays are as diverse as the women who wrote about their
experiences, including cockfighting, factory farming, the bushmeat trade, as
well as contemplating theology and animals, to mention but a few.
You don't have to be a feminist to understand this book and its message. Being
vegetarian probably helps. Overall I think it's almost safe to say that a lot
of people won't like this book, because it forces them to rethink their view of
"the other," in this case non-human animals, but it is important to understand
that what we do for "us" (humans) should not be achieved at the cost of
"others" (animals). Inconvenient truths? You bet. And if it weren't for women
like those contributing to this book, the voices of those who can't fight for
themselves would only be heard in slaughterhouses and experimental
In short: This book will change your way of thinking about animals who don't
happen to be human. Read it!
We Animals - A Review
Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice addresses interconnections
between speciesism, sexism, racism, and homophobia, clarifying why social
justice activists in the twenty-first century must challenge intersecting forms
This anthology presents bold and gripping--sometimes horrifying--personal
narratives from fourteen activists who have personally explored links of
oppression between humans and animals, including such exploitative enterprises
as cockfighting, factory farming, vivisection, and the bushmeat trade. Sister
Species asks readers to rethink how they view "others," how they affect animals
with their daily choices, and how they might bring change for all who are
oppressed. These essays remind readers that women have always been important to
social justice and animal advocacy, and they urge each of us to recognize the
links that continue to bind all oppressed individuals. The astonishing honesty
of these contributors demonstrates with painful clarity why every woman should
be an animal activist and why every animal activist should be a feminist.
Contributors are Carol J. Adams, Tara Sophia Bahna-James, Karen Davis,
Elizabeth Jane Farians, Hope Ferdowsian, Linda Fisher, Twyla François,
Christine Garcia, A. Breeze Harper, Sangamithra Iyer, Pattrice Jones, Lisa
Kemmerer, Allison Lance, Ingrid Newkirk, Lauren Ornelas, and Miyun Park.
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