United Poultry Concerns
22 August 2011
Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice,
University of Illinois Press, 2011

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Read Karen Davis’s biographical essay in SISTER SPECIES, “From Hunting Grounds to Chicken Rights: My Story in An Eggshell” – “I grew up in a family and community where sport hunting was normal and expected. . . .”

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 laboratories. – The Book Garden

UPC is pleased to announce that We Are Now Carrying this amazing anthology of writings by women who advocate for animals.


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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 laboratories.

In short: This book will change your way of thinking about animals who don't happen to be human. Read it!

5/5 stars http://the-book-garden.blogspot.com/2011/06/review-sister-species-lisa-kemmerer.html


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 of oppression.

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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