Why is it that so many people in charge of educating our children are complete lunatics? According to Penn State professor Anne DeLessio-Parson, eating meat means that you actually hate women.
“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. Refusing meat therefore presents opportunities, in each social interaction, for the binary to be called into question,” she said.
Basically, vegetarians are considered feminine, meat-eating is masculine. And masculine is bad! She argued that being a vegetarian is fighting the patriarchy. “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 said.
“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. I contend that in such a context, we cannot separate the ways people ‘do vegetarianism’ from how they ‘do gender.’ 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,” she wrote.
She also said that men who are vegetarian are less sexist. She claimed that they “seem more egalitarian and respectful.”