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Author Carol J. Adams to Discuss Vegetarianism & Feminism at GCU

Adams to Discuss Bestselling Book The Sexual Politics of Meat

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 14, 2012—Explore the world of veganism with author Carol J. Adams, who will discuss her bestselling 1990 book The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory and give a challenging presentation on Monday, February 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgian Court University’s Little Theatre on the Lakewood campus. Admission is free, but reservations are required by calling 732.987.2263 or e-mailing specialevents@georgian.edu.

The Sexual Politics of Meat explores a relationship between patriarchal values and meat eating by interweaving the insights of feminism, vegetarianism, animal defense and literacy theory. When the book first appeared in 1990, Library Journal called it “an important and provocative work” and predicted it would “inspire and engage readers across the political spectrum.” The book was hailed by CHOICE as a ”’bible’ for feminist and progressive animal rights activists" and was equally reviled by conservative commentators.

Ms. Adams will discuss sexualized fragmentation, how animals are feminized/sexualized, and connect flesh eating and other forms of animal oppression to prostitution and pornography. She will present images of women and animals in contemporary popular culture and explore an eco-feminist analysis of the interconnected oppressions of sexism, racism, and species-ism that permeates popular culture through images of race, gender, and species.

Ms. Adams has been an activist on antiviolence issues since the 1970s. After receiving her Master of Divinity degree from Yale University Divinity School in 1976, she co-founded a hotline for battered women in Chautauqua County, New York. During that time, she was the executive director of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry Inc., in Dunkirk, New York, an advocacy and service not-for-profit agency addressing issues of poverty, racism, and sexism. She is the author or editor of many other books on the topics of feminism, vegetarianism, violence, women, and animals, including Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women’s Voices (2011), co-edited with Lisa Kemmerer, and How to Eat Like a Vegetarian Even If You Never Want to Be One: More Than 250 Shortcuts, Strategies, and Simple Solutions (2008), co-authored with Patti Breitman.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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