Tag Archives: Animals and Feminism

Bacon Revolt

Here’s a trend that seems to be on the rise and one that’s been pissing me off for a while now: the baconization of everything.  Poutine?  Let’s put some fucking bacon on it.  Ice cream?  Let’s add some bacon!  Today at the mall I even saw a board game called “Bacon-opoly” and wanted to set fire to the entire display stand.  But what really set me off was last night when I was trying a new recipe that called for a tablespoon of maple syrup.  I added the amount, then licked the spoon (as you do) and immediately noticed that the syrup did not taste right.  I looked at the jar and nearly hit the ceiling: the reason it tasted differently was it was actually “Smoky Bacon Flavoured Maple Syrup”.  I was livid.  Livid at myself for not noticing sooner (I’d been making smoothies with this garbage all weekend, poured directly into the blender), livid at the store for charging the same amount as actual pure maple syrup and finally at food manufacturers for adding animal by-products to yet another item that was just fine on its own, fuck you very much. Continue reading

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The Absent Referent

This year I read the famous book by Carol J. Adams called The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory.  It’s a famous read among both animal activists and feminists because it makes those links between animal oppression and female oppression.  One example of this given in the book is how many survivors of physical and sexual abuse often describe their perpetrator as making them “feel like a piece of meat.”  How the perpetrator views the victims of these violent attacks is what Adams calls, the absent referent.  When victims/survivors describe themselves as feeling like mere pieces of flesh, the animal – the piece of meat – also becomes the absent referent. Adams was not the first to coin the phrase but she did make it famous through this book.

So what is it?  What is the absent referent?  According to Adams, in chapter two: Continue reading

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