Feminism and vegetarianism have a long, entwined history. Carol J. Adams published the most authoritative work on the connection in 1990’s The Sexual Politics of Meat. She defines the title’s concept as “an attitude and action that animalizes women and sexualizes and feminizes animals”; in other words, in a patriarchal, meat-eating society, women and animals are denied their own subjectivity, transformed into what she calls the “absent referent.” When a lamb is slaughtered and butchered, one is sold a “leg of lamb” rather than a lamb’s leg. Ownership of one’s body, which was never there in the first place, is completely dissolved when the body is what’s for dinner.

Quelle: Rare Women: Why Vegetarians Don’t Care About Feminism Anymore | Broadly