So why are three out of every four vegans female?
‘For some feminists – especially those who might identify as ecofeminists – veganism is inextricably linked to feminism’ explains Deborah Cohan – associate professor of sociology at University of South Carolina-Beaufort.
‘From this perspective the oppression of women is tied to other forms of oppression – particularly the abuse of the environment and non-human animals’.
Some of this ideology stems from Carol Adams’ 1990 landmark book The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory which links not eating animal products to opposing the patriarchy.
‘In the book Adams makes the case that eating an animal for food involves first seeing the animal as an object – as something that is inferior and of little value and that this is a violent form of objectification – akin to how women are also objectified – sexualized – animalized – degraded – hurt and sometimes killed’ Cohan explains.
‘Feminists who are vegan generally regard their decisions around food to be a certain kind of protest and resistance to all forms of violence and cruelty’.