The Biotic Woman: Parting Ways, Moving On
My time on the Bitch blog comes to a close today. It’s been nothing but an honor and privilege to be here, dissecting environmental issues and animal rights among some other stellar bloggers. I had a number of things that I wanted to tackle that never made the blog, and mostly, I straight up ran out of time. From veggie oil cars to reusable menstrual pads to vegan pro-choice rhetoric, I had all sorts of dreams. But let's go out on a high note, eh?
To close out The Biotic Woman run here, I’ve put together a short reading list with the help of my pal Kelly, who runs both EasyVegan and the fabulous POP! goes the Vegan, which might be of particular interest to pop culture-loving Bitch readers. Her excellent intersectional recommend reading list on her own site is worth a browse in addition to the few titles mentioned here. Kelly also has a terrific list of recommended reading about the intersections of animal abuse and interpersonal violence and anthrozoology—the study of human-animal interactions. I've also recommended a number of books while blogging here, which I encourage you to revisit.
Silent Spring by Rachel Carson is an obvious but important choice when looking at environmental issues. Then again, I’d recommend just about anything she wrote. Most folks call Carson one of the founders of the modern environmental movement.
Kelly told me that even though she feels odd recommending books she hasn’t read, both An Unnatural Order: Roots of Our Destruction of Nature by Jim Mason and David Alan Nibert's Animal Rights/Human Rights are two of the best animal-human relations 101-type books that she’d recommend. I’m not so great with the intro texts, and that’s why we have each other!
While Carol J. Adams is known to some for her blatant transphobia, her books The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory and The Pornography Of Meat are two of the most widely referenced books on the links between sexism, animal rights, and meat. Do we throw the baby out with the bathwater when it comes to Adams? You get to make that call for yourself.
Another feminist-ish take on things can be found in Karen Davis's Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry—maybe not too surprising since it’s a book about mothers and babies.
Perhaps the only other book besides the recently released Sistah Vegan anthology to tie species-based exploitation to race and racism, Marjorie Spiegel's The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery explores how human slavery and animal slavery are much more related and similar than many of us would like to believe.
Charles Patterson's Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust explores sexism/objectification, racism/slavery, and the Holocaust. Kelly noted that this is an especially good read for anyone out to defend PETA’s objectionable campaigns that feature naked women, perpetuate transphobia, and ultimately do more harm than good.
The book that made me go vegan: Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights by Bob Torres. That said, I’ve since read a lot of blatantly hateful rhetoric by Torres and am pretty saddened that someone who preaches compassion and helped change my views spreads so much intolerance. As with many of these suggestions, they are all flawed parts of a larger knowledge worth seeking.
I'd also recommend anything by Dr. Vandana Shiva and think Manifestos on the Future of Food and Seed is an excellent place to start.
Invisible Voices, a lovely text and photo blog by my good friend Deb, who makes everything from bike commuting to compassionate animal rights so accessible
Vegan Book Club on GoodReads.com
Anti-Oppression and Animal Rights, a group blog by five amazing women including several friends of mine
Green is the New Red, a blog about how environmental and animal rights activists are often disproportionately targeted by federal law enforcement
L.O.V.E. (Living Opposed to Violence and Exploitation), a group blog that gets into some heavier vegan and intersectional theory
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