Meat n’ masculinity

I read a post by Mariane Nestle the other day titled the ethics of meat-eating: A feminist issue?.  In it, she describes the recent fuss over the all-male judging panel selected for the New York Times contest calling on “carnivores to tell us why it’s ethical to eat meat”. According to Nestle and others, the all-male panel reaffirms our cultures investment in the identification of meat eating with manliness.When Michele Simon, author of the blog Appetite for Profit, asked the paper’s Ethicist columnist Ariel Kaminer why the panel was all-male “Kaminer replied that she couldn’t find one female expert in food ethics with a fraction of the name recognition of the men. She argued that the famous male judges would bring far more attention to the contest, and in turn get more people to consider the ethics of meat eating.” Simon then goes on to suggest a list of 10 worthy women that should have been considered for the panel (Nestle being #1 on this list).

Personally, I think Nestle’s should have been considered for the panel given her background in food ethics, however, as a feminist and huge fan of her work, I acknowledge my bias. What do you think: should women be included in this panel, or is all the fuss over nothing?


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2 Comments on “Meat n’ masculinity”

  1. April 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    As a male, vegan Times-reader, I find this very interesting. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where the health conscious Jerry had to assure his blind date that he wasn’t ordering a salad because he was “one of those”. The initial reader comments are fairly ridiculous (just anecdotes, ad hominems, arguments from tradition, etc), and the composition of the jury is troubling.

  2. Ellen
    April 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    You bring up a great topic for consideration. Although I understand that the panel was chosen based on their knowledge of ethics and meat eating, including other individuals with a different background could provide more insight on the topic of meat eating and ethics. I definitely agree that a female voice should be heard because if not, we are only reinforcing the stereotype that eating meat is associated with masculinity. Great read!

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