Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat
Edited by Kara Davis, Wendy Lee, with a Foreword by Carol J. Adams
Carol J. Adams is the author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory. It's been called "ground-breaking" and "pioneering" (interesting how our description of books draws from our invasive relationship to the land). Many say it is an underground classic, which may mean that lots of people know and love it, but it goes unnoticed by the dominant media. As an undergraduate in the early 1970s, she worked to bring women's studies courses to the University of Rochester and was involved in protesting the Vietnam War. She next went to Yale Divinity School, where her field work was at the Women's Liberation Center and an abortion clinic. She's worked on poverty, racism, and sexism issues at an advocacy agency in NY, and started a hotline for battered women. She's also worked to challenge the government to identify and prosecute domestic violence and racism in housing practices. She lives with her partner and Holly and Inky, two rescued dogs, just outside of Dallas. She's working on a book about the experience of reading Jane Austen and being a caregiver, as well as co-editing an anthology with Lori Gruen on ecofeminism and intersectional theory and activism.
Sarah E. Brown is a writer based in Philadelphia, PA. She has written for Curve Magazine, Flavorpill, Vegansaurus, and other publications, and authors the blog Queer Vegan Food. She is a graduate of Vassar College.
Kara Davis is Managing Director at Lantern Books. She is a street activist who got her start as a teen with the Sanctuary Movement in Arizona, and worked many years with Act Up and Fed Up Queers in NYC. She recently attempted some food activism in the "locavore" crazy Hudson Valley by accepting food stamps for pickled vegetables, fresh tofu, seitan, and nut cheese at the farmer's market, and running a sliding scale vegan C.S.A. Kara is a proud volunteer at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, and lives in a crumbling old house with her girlfriend and too many rescued cats.
Melinda Fox is a seasoned grassroots activist who co-founded the longest running animal activist student group at the University of Florida. She honed her professional fundraising career in Washington, DC where she's held executive level fundraising and strategy positions in renowned advocacy organizations working on animal protection, women's health, and girls empowerment. Prior to relocating back to the Northwest, she worked in business development for the world's fastest growing social action platform—Change.org. Today, she's a Principal fundraising strategist with Virtuosa Partners and social entrepreneur developing an exciting mobile application called TILT where in in one touch, she connects movie ticket buyers with women in film. She credits The Sexual Politics of Meat as a defining framework of her activism and ethical life, considers Carol a feminist mentor, and shares the tattoo "Eat rice have faith in women" with anthology co-contributor Carolyn Mullin. Follow @FoxMelinda to stay in touch.
Rochelle M. Green is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Her primary areas of research include feminist philosophy, social and political philosophy, and 20th Century continental philosophy.
Jennifer Grubbs is an anarchist anthropologist at American University. Her research examines the intersections of privilege and exploitation with species relations, the neoliberal corporatization of academia, and the political repression of animal and earth liberationists. Despite that jargon-filled research summary, she remains committed to creating theory that also matters to those outside of university walls. Jennifer uses the blogosphere to politicize her personal experiences with pregnancy and motherhood at thoughtsofapregnantvegan.wordpress.com. Feel free to contact her at jennygrubbs [at] gmail [dot] com.
Ruby Hamad is a Lebanese-Australian writer and sometime filmmaker. She has written for most of the major Australian news publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). She is an associate editor with the progressive feminist website The Scavenger. You can read her thoughts and reach her on Twitter @rubyhamad and her blog rubyhamad.wordpress.com.
Kate Jacoby is the co-proprietor of Vedge Restaurant in Philadelphia. A self-taught Pastry Chef and Certified Sommelier, she oversees front of house operations for the city's premier vegetable restaurant. With her husband, Chef Richard Landau, Kate has helped shape the vegan culinary scene in Philadelphia for more than 12 years. At their former restaurant, Horizons, they authored two cookbooks: Horizons: Gourmet Meatless Cuisine and Horizons: New Vegan Cuisine, and they have a new Vedge cookbook due out in spring of 2013. Kate is also mother to Rio Jacoby-Landau, and together with her family she enjoys traveling to find new inspiration to continue evolving the restaurant and work on new projects.
Kate Larson has been writing and self-publishing her personal zine, "No Better Than Apples" since 2005. She plays music, eats abnormally large breakfasts, pickles jalapenos, writes strange letters to celebrities, and arm wrestles semi-professionally in New York's Hudson Valley. She never ever wants to stop making things. You can find her at www.teamkate.com.
Wendy Lee is Publishing Director at Lantern Books. In addition to spending more than ten years in publishing, she has worked as an English teacher in China, led creative writing workshops, and served as a mentor with the nonprofit Girls Write Now. She is also the author of Happy Family (Grove Press), which was named one of the top ten debut novels of 2008 by Booklist. She lives in Astoria, Queens. Please visit her website at wendyleebooks.com.
Ashley Maier serves as Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault's PreventConnect project. PreventConnect is a national online project dedicated to the primary prevention of sexual assault and domestic violence. Although Ashley hails from Illinois, her work against gendered violence has taken her to MO, OR, and CA. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Illinois. She co-founded and co-directs Connect the Dots, a project that promotes and builds capacity to address the connections between human, animal, and environmental well-being. Ashley resides with her partner and two rescue pugs in North Hollywood, CA.
Colleen Martell earned her doctorate in English with concentrations in American Literature and Feminist Theory from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Her research focuses on embodied acts of resistance to oppression in feminist writing and activism, most recently from a transnational perspective. She currently teaches in Lehigh University's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. She can be reached at cmme [at] lehigh [dot] edu.
Carolyn Merino Mullin is the founder and executive director for the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS). She has over 13 years' worth of experience in the nonprofit sector—at both the local and national level—with special emphasis in children's education, animal protection, and museums. Carolyn earned her Bachelor's in Religion Studies, with a focus in Religion & Nature, from the University of Florida and a Master's in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver, CO. See what Carolyn and NMAS are up to at museumofanimals.org.
Katy Otto is a musician and social justice worker. She graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and later received a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Trinity University in Washington, DC. She has over fourteen years of experience in violence prevention, women's issues, youth development, and the arts. Two and a half years ago she moved to Philadelphia from Washington, DC, and began focusing on her communications consulting work. She runs her own independent record label Exotic Fever Records and has toured internationally with her current band, Trophy Wife. She co-founded the national Visions in Feminism conference. She has done sexual assault prevention and survivor solidarity work and workshops.
Margaret (Meg) Perret is a radical, queer, multiracial, vegan, anti-capitalist, feminist nerd living in Berkeley, California, where she is studying Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley. Meg's academic meanderings most often involve the messy entanglements of the biological and the cultural; however, her thoughts are always embedded in critical race theory, gender and sexuality studies, and a commitment to radical decentering of dominant discourses. Meg loves irony, deriving math equations, complaining about capitalism, defending second wave feminism, imagining conversations with Donna Haraway, sparring with NPR programming, whispering to trees, finding new independent bookstores, and vegan cooking with her girlfriend. Meg hopes to be a university professor and bring some fresh vegan-feminism into the academy.
Dallas Rising is an abolitionist animal liberationist, which may sound snooty, but really isn't; it's just that those fancy words most accurately describe how she approaches the many issues surrounding animal exploitation. Thanks to the internet and digital recording equipment, you can hear her talk about all sorts of topics on the podcast she co-hosts, Midwest Vegan Radio. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two dogs, and two cats, all of whom she is crazy about.
Marla Rose is a writer, activist, and community builder based in the Chicago area. She writes at her blog, Vegan Feminist Agitator, and is an award-nominated freelance feature writer. Her first novel, The Adventures of Vivian Sharpe, Vegan Superhero, was published in May 2012. She is also co-founder of the Chicago Vegan Family Network and Chicago VeganMania. In 2009, she and her husband were recognized as Activists of the Year by Mercy for Animals.
Vidushi Sharma is a senior in high school in New Jersey. Growing up in a vegetarian household in a community bordering the Hackensack River and wetlands, she has been enthusiastic about vegetarianism and environmental preservation all her life. Vidushi is a happy student of the classics and calculus alike and enjoys creating art, playing tennis, and reading. She can often be found traveling between Ridgewood, Secaucus, and New York City on the train—usually with her sketchbook as a companion. She has worked for two summers as an intern for Lantern Books.
Jasmin Singer is the co-founder and Executive Director of Our Hen House, a multimedia hub of opportunities to change the world for animals, named by VegNews Magazine as the 2011 Indie Media Powerhouse. Jasmin is also the co-host, along with her partner Mariann Sullivan, of the popular Our Hen House podcast. She is a contributing writer for VegNews Magazine and was also named by VegNews as one of twenty stand-out stars of the animal rights movement. Jasmin has been featured in various media outlets, and most recently appeared as a guest on The Dr. Oz Show. She is the former campaigns manager for Farm Sanctuary, and has presented widely on the subjects of animal rights and veganism. Jasmin and Mariann live in New York City with their pit bull, Rose.
Darlene Smoot holds a Bachelors Degree in Philosopy and a Bachelors Degree in Religious Studies from California State University Fullerton. She is current working on her Masters in Philosophy at San Diego State University. Her areas of academic interest are in continental philosophy including feminism, critical animal studies, race, and class.
Kim Socha holds a Ph.D. in Literature and Criticism and works as a community college English instructor. She has published scholarship in the areas of critical pedagogy, surrealism, critical animal studies, atheism, and Latino/a literature. As her avocations, Kim has assisted survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in their recoveries and now works with recently paroled sex offenders through a transformative justice program. As a social justice volunteer, she primarily works with educational programs in juvenile detention facilities and jails. Kim is also an animal liberation advocate and sits on the boards of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies and the Animal Rights Coalition. Her book Women, Destruction and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation was published in 2011 (Rodopi), and she is co-editing and contributing to Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism (McFarland & Company Publishing, 2013), a collection of essays by Twin Cities activists. She welcomes contact at kimberlyannsocha [at] gmail [dot] com.
Sunaura Taylor is an artist, writer, and activist living in Oakland, CA. Her artworks have been exhibited at venues across the country, including the CUE Art Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Berkeley Art Museum. She is the recipient of a Sacatar Foundation Fellowship, winner of VSA's Driving Force award, an Eisner Award, two Wynn Newhouse Awards, a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant, and an Animals and Culture Grant. Her work has appeared in Monthly Review, Alternet, Yes Magazine, and Qui Parle. She worked with philosopher Judith Butler on Astra Taylor's film Examined Life (Zeitgeist 2008). She is also an artist contributor to Rebecca Solnit's book, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. Taylor has given more than a dozen talks at universities and conferences across the country and has appeared on NPR's All Things Considered, Georgia Public Television's State of the Arts, and numerous other radio programs. She's currently working on a book on animal rights and disability, forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2013). She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in the department of Art Practice with her MFA in May, 2008. Taylor is a co-founder of the disability arts collective Yelling Clinic. www.sunaurataylor.org
Laura Wright is associate professor of postcolonial literature in the English department at Western Carolina University. She is the author of Writing "Out of All the Camps": J. M. Coetzee's Narratives of Displacement (New York: Routledge, 2006 and 2009), "Wilderness into Civilized Shapes": Reading the Postcolonial Environment (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010), and Visual Difference: Postcolonial Studies and Intercultural Cinema (New York: Peter Lang, 2011). She is currently at work on a book titled The Vegan Body Project: The Cultural Construction and Performance of Vegan Identity, for which Carol Adams is writing the introduction.
Lagusta Yearwood is a restless, rabble-rousing chef-turned-chocolatier who's in love with deep flavor, ethical sourcing, farmers, the food poor people around the world have always eaten, lactic acid fermentation, and noodles. She lives in a little 1960s sunny ranch house in the tiny farm-focused town of New Paltz, NY, with her sweetheart Jacob and three cats: Sula, Noodle (told ya), and Cleo. After years of cooking in dinky rented kitchens, she and Jacob renovated a former laundromat in downtown New Paltz to become a tiny little chocolate shop, Lagusta's Luscious, which opened in June 2011.
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