Tag Archives: sexism

Feminist Discussion Group: Vegetarianism

2 Apr

[Trigger/content warning for some pictures and links after the jump (if you click ‘Continue reading ->’), which may contain graphic/violent/sexist/racist imagery. There’s no graphic animal cruelty pics though]

It is a common trope to present 'women as meat'

“The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or women for men.– Alice Walker

So, are you interested in animal rights? In women’s rights? In environmentalism? There are many who see the oppression and mistreatment of animals as similar or interlocking with the systemic subjugation of women and degradation of nature. Of course, there are others who don’t!

This week we are having our weekly Wednesday discussion group about if and how all these ideas and struggles are connected. Everyone is welcome, and you definitely don’t need to be an expert or have come to any of our events before. Think of it as a more relaxed and fun tute – but with free (vegan) pizza!

We’ll also talk about some of the pitfalls others have fallen into by not taking into account their privilege on this issue (for example PeTA’s sexist ads, lack of acknowledgement of the luxury of saying no to foods, ignorance of indigenous hunting & knowledge systems, and ignoring how a common oppressive & racist technique is to compare humans to animals).

Phew! Definitely food for thought (har har!). Hope to see you there!

1pm Wednesday, Mary Cooke rooms, Level 2, Union House

Reminder: please only click ‘Continue reading ->’ if you are feeling tough… there’s some graphic images following!

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Link share goodness!

30 Mar

Hi Everyone! Apologies for the lack of updates lately – I’ve been fluey all week, sadface. But anyway, welcome to all our new members/subscribers/hangers-outers/crafty people. It’s great to have so so many new people showing their interest and getting to know people through the department, whether it’s online (here on the website or on our facebook group), or in person in the women’s room or at some of our events!

Anyway, without further ado, here is this week’s Link Share Goodness – a collection of interestingness from around the web. Why do uni readings when you can procrastinate online??

– Bel

Link Share Goodness!

7 Mar

Thanks everyone for a great week! I’m going to try and do a semi-regular Link Share Goodness (which is just a collection of links to awesome/thought-provoking articles, pictures, quotes, videos etc from around the web) post again in 2012. Starting with this one!

Do you have Uni readings to do but want more interesting (and shorter!) stuff to read? Want something to read with a Sunday morning cup of tea – but not the crappy papers? Want to find great sites on the web writing about issues that are important to wom*n’s lives? Then yay link share goodness!

If you come across an interesting link during the week, post it in the comments or email to me.

– Bel


Man sues LSE for “anti-male” gender studies agenda

30 Sep

by Alicia Izharuddin // 4 September 2011, 20:09
from this post at The F-Word

Once upon a time, the hallowed halls of academia were only opened to men. Within, men consumed and produced scholarship about other men. The presence of women in university was thought to contaminate, ridicule, and degrade the sacred pursuit of learning. Learning was even thought to be bad for women, making them infertile among other things. When the doors were finally burst open to women, there was no turning back; women were everywhere, accomplishing in male-dominated disciplines, outnumbering and out-performing the male of the species, and dominating the humanities and social sciences. Then came the rise of Gender Studies that served to redress the historical silencing of queer and female voices, and administer a small dose of balance into the male-centred world of learning. So far, so good for woman-kind.

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