Veganism and sex. We usually treat them as separate issues, but they are closely connected. Both relate to bodies — human and animal — and to our identities. Veganism and sex are also hotly contested political questions. In an era when concern about climate change and the abuses of industrial agriculture have made veganism increasingly popular, Veganism, Sex and Politics is an invigorating read that brings debates about veganism in conversation with feminism and queer politics.
Veganism, Sex and Politics addresses some of the most controversial questions in animal rights and sexual politics: Is veganism too white and middle class? Why are vegans so often portrayed as moralistic individualists? Or as skinny young white women? Is there a link between violence against women and the butchering and eating of animals? And is it ever acceptable to compare the brutality of animal agriculture and laboratories to mass violence against human beings? Is it OK for vegans to accept medicine tested on animals? Do women have a more immediate, more caring relationship to animals and the environment? Is it ever possible to eat without killing? Can veganism save the planet?
Veganism, Sex and Politics does not try to provide definitive answers to these questions. Instead, it uses them as starting points to explore how thinking about veganism can help us to think through some of today’s challenging political and ethical issues that incorporate, but go beyond, what we put in and on our bodies.
The book blends storytelling from popular culture, media, oral history, autobiography and the author’s own vegan voyage with light–touch academic analysis. Veganism, Sex and Politics shows how transnational sexual subcultures, queer feminist movements and intersectional animal rights activists are creating a new sexual politics of veganism.
C. Lou Hamilton is a writer and independent scholar. She lives in London.