Questions of Consent: Woman and Animals under Patriarchal Systems of Domination
Academics have connected the oppression of women, animals, and other oppressed groups in patriarchal culture. In this presentation, activists and writers Dallas Rising and Kim Socha discuss those intersections on a personal, not just theoretical, level. Drawing from their chapters in Defiant Daughters: 21 Women on Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat, Rising and Socha focus on questions of consent in terms of sexuality and the control of female human and nonhuman animal bodies. While telling their stories, they also consider how activists can talk to the public about oppression through narrative and metaphor.
Dallas Rising is program director for the Animal Rights Coalition, founding member of Support Vegans in the Prison System, advisory board member of the Empty Cages Collective, and served as board chair and president of Small Dog Rescue of Minnesota, a statewide no-kill rescue, for four years. She has published chapters in Confronting Animal Exploitation and Defiant Daughters.
Kim Socha, Ph.D., is author of Women, Destruction, and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation (Rodopi, 2011) and is a contributing editor to Confronting Animal Exploitation: Grassroots Essays on Liberation and Veganism (McFarland Publishing, 2013). Kim is an English instructor and advocate for animal liberation and social justice causes.