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In "The Pornography of Meat", Adams draws the visual comparison between meat advertised on a shelf and women portrayed in particular advertisements or magazines. The idea of consumption plays a significant role in a culture that compare women to a product, something that’s not only attainable, but a consumable person. It is important to note that consumption may refer to literal digestion or rather simply, a desire for someone considered attainable by another individual. Adams juxtaposes commonly unnoticed advertisements in the local grocery store to sexist and misogynistic images of women. Further, she creates the “A” category, which creates an idea of white male supremacy in a civilized society, whereas the other in this sense, includes language that relates to different races, non-human animals, and women. Adams argues that modern culture idealizes the white male figure and demonstrates that he represents an advanced civilized society. The author argues that any individual who doesn’t fall into the “A” category likely faces a reference to animals, now seen as derogatory and inferior. In this work, she includes an image of women labeled according to her body parts similar to how butcher advertises meat cuts. The underlying premise remains the same; current culture has created a desire for consumption from non-human animals, genders, & races.


Carol J. Adams (born 1951) is an American writer, feminist, & animal rights advocate. She is the author of several books, including The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (1990) & The Pornography of Meat (2004), focusing in particular on what she argues are the links between the oppression of women & that of non-human animals.

Adams has published around 100 articles or entries in journals, books, magazines, & encyclopedias on vegetarianism, animal rights, domestic violence, & sexual abuse. She was inducted into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame in 2011.

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