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Should feminists be vegetarian?

While some argue that feminism is inextricably linked to speciesism and, therefore, vegetarianism or veganism, others don't see that connection as necessary.

For some feminists who are also vegans, feminists who consume animal products are hypocritical. Meanwhile,  many feminists who don't see meat eating as unethical, often don't even realize that this debate exists!

Do feminists necessarily need to be vegetarian or vegan? What is the connection between the two and what is problematic about this argument?

Your host Meghan Murphy explores various perspectives on feminism and vegetarianism on this show with guests Kathryn Paxton George, author of Animal Vegetable or Woman: A Feminist Critique of Ethical Vegetarianism and of an article entitled: "Should Feminists be Vegetarian" and Sheri Lucas, who is  PhD candidate in Philosophy at Queen's University at Kingston and who wrote a response to Paxton's article. Lucas has published in Hypatia on the connections between feminism and ethical vegetarianism.

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