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“More of a Liability than an Asset”: Victorian Women’s Advocacy for Other Animals

Wrenn, Corey (2020) “More of a Liability than an Asset”: Victorian Women’s Advocacy for Other Animals. Society & Animals, . ISSN 1063-1119. (doi:10.1163/15685306-BJA10017) (KAR id:81956)


Although the nonhuman animal rights movement in the West is frequently framed by activists and remembered by historians as gender-neutral, Donaldson’s (2020) Women against Cruelty (which examines meeting notes and campaigning documents reaching back to the movement’s founding in the early 19th century) demonstrates just the opposite. Women’s affinity for anti-speciesist activism within the context of a prevailing sexism which pitted all female pursuits as lesser-than would prove a difficult hurdle to surmount with regard to social movement resonance. This is not to reify or reduce women’s contributions. Women against Cruelty catalogs a diversity of feminine and feminist approaches to advancing the interests of nonhuman animals: some religious, some scientific, and some

intersectional. Many women favored educational outreach, while others relied on rational debate, shocking images, direct intervention, and legal resistance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1163/15685306-BJA10017
Uncontrolled keywords: Animal rights, animal advocacy, women's activism, feminism, women's history
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Corey Wrenn
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 10:46 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 05:06 UTC
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