Sociology professor Anne DeLessio-Parson has wasted several innocent trees on an academic journal piece that implies women can never achieve equality unless society goes vegetarian.
She seems to think that there is an oppressive “masculinity” in anyone, male, female or trans, eating meat products.
“The decision to become vegetarian does not itself destabilize gender, but the subsequent social interactions between vegetarian and meat-eater demand gender enactment—or resistance,” she wrote in the Journal of Feminist Geography.
In case you got lost in the meaningless word-soup of that quote, the liberal Penn State prof means that feeding your daughter a hot dog is oppressive and sexist.
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In an interview with Campus Reform, DeLessio-Parson explained that her interest in the issue arose after spending five years as a vegetarian in Argentina, where she worked with community organizations and as an English teacher.
There, she realized that vegetarianism isn’t just a lifestyle choice, but a feminist act.
“Women, one of the ways they push back against patriarchy, they say, ‘This is my body. You don’t get to tell me what comes in and out,’” she told Campus Reform, explaining that vegetarianism is a way women can assert their agency and autonomy.
She also noticed characteristics unique to male vegetarians, asserting that although many men in Argentina “still have these very hegemonic masculinity traits,” male vegetarians “seem more egalitarian and respectful” and “more open about talking about how sexism exists.”
DeLessio-Parson concludes that vegetarianism can help “destabilize not just gender, but also other hierarchies, and drive social change.
“If we can pay more attention to what we put in our bodies…we can create a better sense of peace in the world. Vegetarianism is a part of that,” she writes.
Bet there are a few women reading this right now who will defend their right to eat a steak!