208 pages, illustrations
Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice addresses interconnections between speciesism, sexism, racism, and homophobia, clarifying why social justice activists in the twenty-first century must challenge intersecting forms of oppression.
This anthology presents bold and gripping – sometimes horrifying – personal narratives from fourteen activists who have personally explored links of oppression between humans and animals, including such exploitative enterprises as cockfighting, factory farming, vivisection, and the bushmeat trade. Sister Species asks readers to rethink how they view "others," how they affect animals with their daily choices, and how they might bring change for all who are oppressed. These essays remind readers that women have always been important to social justice and animal advocacy, and they urge each of us to recognize the links that continue to bind all oppressed individuals. The astonishing honesty of these contributors demonstrates with painful clarity why every woman should be an animal activist and why every animal activist should be a feminist.
"A collection of 10 compelling essays by a who's-who of accomplished activists, Sister offers insight and education through firsthand accounts [...] The exceptionally inspiring and enlightening essays leave you longing for a sequel."
"A picture is worth a thousand words, and the cover of Lisa Kemmerer's anthology Sister Species is a doozy [...] It's an eye-grabbing, opinion-provoking cover, and a fairly accurate preparation for the content featured in Sister Species."
"Forceful in its rhetoric, the book is also a delight [...] The conversational style of the writing makes it a high-quality read."
"Takes us on a unique journey of thought and self-discovery."
– Journal for Critical Animals Studies
"Prompt[s] us to recognize that attention to nature and animals should be at the forefront of any feminist agenda."
"Through the empowering use of women's voices it exemplifies how the personal is political and reminds us that looking about us for our contribution to injustice elsewhere is a crucial part of fighting for liberation anywhere [...] It is a call to action."
"Animal lovers will find this of clear interest, while those investigating women's lives will likely be surprised and intrigued by the issues it raises."
"This is a book worth having on a personal and academic bookshelf to return to over and over again to remind ourselves that all species human and non-human deserve and need our protection and respect."
– Gender and Education
"Kemmerer provides a space to embrace narrative and the unique experiences of women doing social justice work [...] The growing discourse of ecofeminists and women animal advocates needs a larger library of texts like these."
– Feminist Formations
"The diversity of contributors refutes the myth that concern for animal species is a white, middle class phenomenon. Compulsory motherhood, rape racks, slavery, the separation of mothers from infants – these are feminist issues, whether they occur in human cultures or in agriculture. Females are at the bottom of every gendered hierarchy – and animal activists are diversely raced, classed, and sexed. The time for exclusionary feminisms is over."
– Greta Gaard, editor of Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature
"Through their stories, [these] women establish that the suffering of animals is an important concern for human beings; that women's involvement in animal advocacy is consistent with other traditions of women's social advocacy, and that there are connections among forms of oppression and that these connections require that we include animals in our advocacy."
– from the foreword by Carol J. Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory
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Lisa Kemmerer, associate professor of philosophy and religion at Montana State University, Billings, is an artist, activist, and wilderness adventurer who has traveled the world extensively. She is the author of In Search of Consistency: Ethics and Animals and Curly Tails & Cloven Hooves, a poetry chapbook.
- Carol J. Adams
- Tara Sophia Bahna-James
- Karen Davis
- Elizabeth Jane Farians
- Hope Ferdowsian
- Linda Fisher
- Twyla Francois
- Christine Garcia
- A. Breeze Harper
- Sangamithra Iyer
- Pattrice Jones
- Lisa Kemmerer
- Allison Lance
- Ingrid Newkirk
- Lauren Ornelas
- Miyun Park