Intersectionality ‘Round the Interwebs, No. 17: F-O-O-D.*

February 16th, 2010 11:47 pm by Kelly Garbato

“assortment of vegan chocolates”: A dozen+ gorgeous vegan chocolates sit atop a white porcelain cake stand. Nom! CC image via quintanaroo (the chocolate-maker herself) on Flickr.
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Regretfully, I spent most of the long weekend either tossing and turning in bed, or retching and heaving over the toilet (read: vomiting; either way, what a mental image, yeah?), and thus was unable to get much of anything done. The perfect time for a link roundup! The commentary is rather sparse, but seeing as I feel like I’ve been through the ringer and back, I hope you’ll forgive me.

johanna @ Vegans of Color: Vegan cookbooks: helping folks eat the Other

The Vegan Ideal: A Western Vegetarian ‘Foray’ into Non-Western Culture

johanna and Ida provide several examples of the “exotification” of non-Western foods (“African,” “Asian,” Hawaiian and Cambodian, respectively), with an eye on vegetarian/vegan contexts (cookbooks and a veg gathering at veg-friendly restaurant).

Stephanie @ Animal Rights & AntiOppression: Domination and Rape in Avatar: This Is “Respect” for Animals?

While I’ve seen many a discussion of Avatar‘s problematic racial politics, anti-speciesist reviews appear to be few and far between. This piece from Stephanie is a must-read; the title says it all, really. (Mary also discussed the film back in December.)

Marji @ Animal Rights & AntiOppression: Sarah’s Diary: Remembering

Marji imagines what rescue hen Sarah’s diary might look like. It is predictably heart-breaking. I’ll be honest; I have not yet been able to read the entire piece.

Of course, I feel rather silly when considering Marji’s description of the “mock-diary”:

This is Sarah. She turns seven this February 14th. She is one of 2,000 hens we were legally permitted to pull from a small, 160,000 egg-laying hen operation. I know this diary is horribly anthropomorphic. I pulled Sarah out of that cage. For hours, I breathed what they breathed, saw and smelled their world. It was horrifying. I have tried, for years, to fathom what it must have been like for them from birth to grisly death. I can’t.

If there were a goddess, surely you’d find her volunteering at an animal sanctuary.

The Vegan Ideal: Why ‘Vegan Oppression’ Cannot Exist

I fear I’ll only mangle Ida’s post by attempting to paraphrase, so here’s a brief excerpt:

The barriers and opposition that we experience as vegans are meant to hold the structure of human supremacy in place, not oppress us as a group of humans. So while anti-veganism is a real and persistent occurrence, it’s important to remember that nonhuman animals are the true targets of this backlash, not us humans. So there is no appropriate metaphor in this regard for placing vegans in the position of an oppressed class of people.

The whole thing is well worth a read, comments included.

Lisa @ Sociological Images: “We’re Only Protecting Them From Themselves”

According to Toyota (or its Australian branch, anyhow), only urban sissies “use hairspray, put their polo collar up, drink lattes, have fuzzy little dogs, […] eat tofu or soy sausages, carry a man bag, be a metrosexual, drink sparkling water, have designer luggage, wear cologne, have a sweater around your neck, wear crocks, shave your chest, use lip balm.” They manage get out two sexist/speciesist stereotypes in as many minutes, but no one’s a winner here.

Gwen @ Sociological Images: “Are You Turning Your Boyfriend into a Girlie Man?”

Wherein “girly” men “order chef salad with no cheese, bacon, or egg and fat-free dressing on the side” (among other things). Why, I do believe that salad might be vegan or vegetarian. At the very least, it’s got veggies, and lots of ’em! (Also out: baking brownies while wearing an apron and oven mitts. Because “real” men walk around with scorched hands and brown stains running down the front of their slacks!?)

Food Empowerment Project: F.E.P. Newsletter: February 4th, 2010

In this issue of the Food Empowerment Project’s newsletter: F.E.P. Outreach in Bay View Hunters Point; Vegan Bake in San Francisco raises over $2,000 for F.E.P.; and Helping Haiti – Humans and non-humans alike. Sign up for e-delivery here!

Lantern Books: The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale – A Case for Comparing Atrocities by Karen Davis (Reviews)

I read The Holocaust and the Henmaid’s Tale about a year ago, and decided I needed at least another skim-through before I could attempt a review (of course, it doesn’t help that my feelings on the topic are somewhat ambivalent and tinged with privilege). Luckily, Lantern Books links to a number of thought-provoking reviews on the book’s listing. Click through for a full list, and do check out Karen Davis’s extensive writings, available at United Poultry Concerns.

Meanwhile, Brittany Shoot is still chugging along at Bitch:

The Biotic Woman: Reclaiming “Cow”

In praise of / a lament for our bovine sisters.

The Biotic Woman: A Conversation About Rewilding with Caroline Fraser

Ecosystems—systems, mind you—are as much interconnected and interdependent on us as we are on them. It’s a simple premise, but understanding how to mitigate and undo the harm done to the planet by humans is another matter. Caroline Fraser, author of the recently released Rewilding the World: Dispatches from the Conservation Revolution, says it very simply: “Lose the animals, lose the ecosystem. Lose the ecosystems, game over.”

The Biotic Woman: A Conversation About Carnism with Melanie Joy, Part 1 and Part 2

In this two-part conversation with Melanie Joy (the author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, which I recently discussed on challengeoppression.com, and hope to review here very, very soon), the author and the blogger explore the interconnectedness of “isms,” the psychology of carnism, and the violent ideologies which target humans and nonhumans alike.

The Biotic Woman: Ecopsychology

I love this part:

It reminds me of guys like Jonathan Safran Foer or Matthew Scully, who suddenly have an epiphany about eating meat or animal welfare and want to tell everyone (at least, when it’s politically convenient). Problem is, women have been working on these issues for decades without the recognition that comes from high-profile book deals or NYT Mag write-ups. Should we be thankful when these issues are covered by mainstream media or annoyed that our work has once again been relegated to the margins of the larger movement?

Click through to read my response in the comments.

Finally, a few academic notices:

Lib Now!: Now Accepting Commentary and Summaries for JCAS

The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS), published three times a year, “is now accepting for the first time commentary and summaries of events, forums, lectures. etc. […] to build a bigger and better bridge between academics and activists.”

Sistah Vegan: Women of Color needed for Critical Animal Studies journal issue

Another notice from JCAS, this time via Breeze Harper: “The Journal for Critical Animal Studies (JCAS) seeks essays from women of color scholars and activists across a variety of disciplines and social justice initiatives to develop understandings on the issues of race, gender, and animality in critical animal studies.” The list of suggested topics offers a wonderful illustration of the many ways in which species, race and gender intersect with one another.

Royce @ Vegans of Color: Critical Animal Studies Conferences

Via Royce, “The 9th Annual North American Conference for Critical Animal Studies will be hosted at SUNY Cortland this year on Saturday, April 10th. The theme this year is ‘Abolition, Liberation, and the Intersections Within Social Justice.'” Sadly, I’m about a month late in relaying this info – the deadline for submitting proposals for the conference was yesterday.

Lib Now!: Call for Nominations for Annual 2010 Critical Animal Studies Awards

The Annual 2010 Critical Animal Studies Awards include awards in four categories: Critical Animal Studies Media of the Year; Critical Animal Studies Media of the Year; Critical Animal Studies Graduate Paper/Project/Dissertation of the Year; and Critical Animal Studies Faculty Paper/Project of the Year. This deadline is close but not expired: February 25, 2010.

* Hey, after three days of not eating (or throwing up whatever blandness I did manage to choke down), food is all I can think about!

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