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Women of Every Species

Last week Book Riot included Bones & All on a feminist YA round-up. Awesome, right?

…And also very disappointing.

I also tweeted this:

I wound up getting into a bit of a Twitter argument with the author of the piece. The subtext of her tweets was, of course, HOW DARE YOU CALL ME ANTI-FEMINIST?

Here’s why: because when you consume a dairy product, you are stealing another mother’s milk. It belongs to her babies. You want to call yourself a feminist-for-humans-only? Yeah, you could do that. But it doesn’t sit well, does it? Someday—maybe not someday soon, but someday—our society will recognize this theft, exploitation, and murder for what it is. How could I possibly “agree to disagree” on this?

I will write more soon about the underlying dynamic of this type of debate, because if we’re not careful it can echo the original problem. We have to other-ize the animals in order to eat them, and I’m not helping if I’m other-izing the people doing the other-izing. I have to remember that we’re all the same—ALL of us—not just the animals and those who truly sympathize with them.

I hope that makes sense, and if not, I shall elaborate anon. For now, just remember that I’m not judging you. I ate dairy products for the first thirty years of my life.




2 Comments to Women of Every Species

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 29, 2015 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    We were talking about the fights for civil rights and now gay rights, and we were saying that animal rights will be the thing that people look back and say how backwards we were.

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