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Has anyone read Lierre Keith's "the vegetarian myth"?

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youretoastmildred Fri 04-Oct-13 13:44:46

And does anyone want to talk about feminism and vegetarianism?

I came across a line in a novel several years ago (as a post-vegetarian omnivore in a relationship with a vegetarian man - they always bring the steak to him) and the female 1st person protagonist (the author is male - another layer of confusion) expresses a political and ethical sympathy with vegetarianism, but is concerned that it is usually women who take it up, and says something about being unhappy about giving up high quality protein to the dominant, striding around gender (I paraphrase from memory)

Anyway I have thought a lot about food ethics and female hunger

I have never materially wanted for food but I have damaged myself and caused long crushing depression by being permanently hungry. How trivial, or frivolous, or vain, is real hunger, even in the rich western world, when it is insisted upon with real material and social sanctions, by a ruling class? And how self-indulgent am I being right now?

Let's talk about how we feel about ladies eating animals.

unfortunatedischarge Mon 07-Oct-13 15:57:47

I'm a vegetarian because I don't think that a human's ability to dominate and abuse animals because they are weaker, smaller or "less intelligent" for completely unnecessary meat based protein means that they have a right to dominate them.

I am a feminist because I don't believe a woman who may be (in some cases) physically smaller, weaker or "less intelligent"* should be dominated by men .

-women are obviously not less intelligent but have been told their intelligence is inferior even though they have traditionally lacked educational resources. Animals have also been called less intelligent because their brains and intelligence is different to ours. Both reasons are bull shit.

JuliaScurr Mon 07-Oct-13 16:16:11

evolution & cooking - sexual division of labour - sharing of cooked food
more nutrition extracted from cooked food
growth of big brains
agriculture - women owned by men
Engels etc
that kind of thing

mistlethrush Mon 07-Oct-13 16:17:20

I think its a good thing that they all contributed - but the amount of meat that each family got was very small. Probably going back to the sort of proportions of meat availability there was in the war would be a better diet for a large proportion of the population, and also a more sustainable way of producing food.

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