Please try to contain your laughter as you read this article. I know it may be difficult, but attempt to stifle your giggles.
In case you didn’t realize, eating mean promotes toxic masculinity. Well, that is, if you believe the report of an academic journal published by Ph.D. candidate Anne DeLassio-Parson at Pennsylvania State University.
She claims that being a vegetarian will contributor to taking down the patriarchy, and will hinder the “hegemonic masculine” society.
DeLessio-Parson’s article was published in Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.
“I contend that in such a context, we cannot separate the ways people ‘do vegetarianism’ from how they ‘do gender,’” she ranted, “Doing vegetarianism in interactions drives social change, contributing to the de-linking of meat from gender hegemony and revealing the resisting and reworking of gender in food spaces.”
DeLessio-Parson theorizes that being a vegetarian in the South American nation is a political act that contributes to the destabilization of the gender binary, or the view that there are only two sexes, masculine and feminine.
“[V]egetarians defy attempts to hold them accountable to gendered social expectations,” she added, “Women, for example, assert authority over their diets; men embody rejection of the meat-masculinity nexus by adopting a worldview that also rejects sexism and racism.”
The Penn State student became interested in the topic after spending five years as a vegetarian in Argentina, where she worked as a community organizer and teacher. In an interview with Campus Reform, DeLessio-Parson said it was during her time in the country that she came to believe that vegetarianism was both a lifestyle choice and 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.
After being picked up by numerous far-right media outlets, DeLessio-Parson’s study was lambasted by many social media users…of both genders.
I don’t know about you, but I will be furthering the patriarchy and reinforcing gender stereotypes tonight for dinner when I buy a huge, juicy steak.
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