Eating meat perpetuates ‘hegemonic masculinity,’ prof says



I’ll just say that I ate 2 nice little steaks yesterday. They were great. Juicy and tangy. With a little bit of Montreal rub on them. Beautiful things.

But I love eating plants too. A good steak with a nice fresh salad or with asparagus is one of the great pleasures of life.

And I have absolutely no problem with vegetarianism. I can understand why some people embrace it. To each their own.

But we are engineered to eat meat. We can go a couple of days after a good solid meat protein meal. Of course we are also engineered to eat plants, which as we wandered the steppe and forests in times past presented more opportunities for calorie intake than the rare takedown of game. I feel like my body works best with piles of veggies and a good hunk of meat to go with the veggies. (Not that I always adhere to what I think is smart.)

Now, bread. That stuff’ll get you for sure. We’ve only had bread around for 10,000 years. We are not engineered to eat large amounts of it.

“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead.”

As for promoting “masculinity” – I think many boys these days could actually use more masculinity in their lives, not less. It think many of the problems we see in society stem from boys not understanding what it means to be an actual MAN.

I doubt that serving porterhouses to American boys would solve these problems. But it would be a tasty experiment. Let’s fire up the grill(s).

(From Campus Reform)

Pennsylvania State University sociology professor recently argued that eating meat perpetuates “hegemonic masculinity” and “gender hegemony.”

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Feminist Geography, professor Anne DeLessio-Parsonargues that “hegemonic masculinity implies an imperative to eat meat” and that this helps reify other power hierarchies as well.

“Refusing meat therefore presents opportunities, in each social interaction, for the [gender] binary to be called into question.”   

To study the link between masculinity and meat, DeLessio-Parson interviewed 23 vegetarians who live in Argentina to probe how they deal with their country’s “meat-centric” culture, finding that being vegetarian itself is a political act.

Vegetarians also contribute to the destabilization of the gender binary, she argued.

“The decision to become vegetarian does not itself destabilize gender, but the subsequent social interactions between vegetarian and meat-eater demand gender enactment—or resistance,” DeLessio-Parson discovered.

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