Carol J. Adams poses in
front of her slide presentation.
Photo by Andrew
by Sara Collin
Simone de Beauvoir Institute Principal Lillian S. Robinson introduced
Adams. I wish I could wish you a happy International Womens
Day, she said to the audience, but its not that kind
of holiday. Rather, Robinson said March 8 is an opportunity to reflect
on womens issues, to celebrate being together as women and to celebrate
the womens movement.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary edition of her first book, The Sexual
Politics of Meat Adams tried to convey the positive, liberating
experience of veganism and feminism in her presentation. She warned
the audience that some of the images they were about to see might be disturbing,
as they were soon to find out.
Some of the most shocking slides Adams used showed the carcasses of dead
cows. Watching their decapitated heads lined up in a slaughter house made
most of the audience grimace in disgust. But such images are rarely seen
by the public, Adams explained. She contends that the meat industry works
at protecting us from thinking about eating dead animals.
That night, I bit into a hamburger, she said. I thought,
I am eating a dead cow. And I made the connection between what I was eating
and a living, breathing animal. After that night, Adams stopped
eating meat forever. Soon after, she began connecting her feminism with
her refusal to eat meat.
In the discussion which followed her presentation, however, Adams
anti-pornography stance proved to be contentious among students. After
the presentation, Concordia student Alison Tim-mons said she failed
to recognize the multiplicity of sexual roles. The positive and empowering
aspects of S&M and pornography were neglected.
Other students disagreed with Adams unwavering anti-meat stance.
Steve Riffe said, The speaker disregarded the cultural and economic
necessity meat consumption has in indigenous populations in the Canadian