Green Porno and the sex life of animals in the digital age

Authored by: Jennifer Peterson

The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender

Print publication date:  November  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138924956
eBook ISBN: 9781315684062
Adobe ISBN: 9781317408055

10.4324/9781315684062.ch40

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Abstract

The interdisciplinary field of animal studies shares much in common with feminist and queer theory. In the simplest terms possible, animal studies’ foundational stance of questioning human dominance in every realm of existence (including critical theory) bears structural resemblance to feminism and queer theory’s shared effort to interrogate the hegemony of patriarchy. As literary scholar Susan McHugh explains, “Nonhuman nonheteronormativity presents a profound challenge not just to identity forms but more importantly to disciplinary habits of thinking of human subjectivity as the default form of social agency” (McHugh 2009: 155). From a more materialist perspective, ecofeminist Carol J. Adams argues that there is an essential connection between patriarchal culture and meat eating; for Adams, the oppression of women and the oppression of animals “are culturally analogous and interdependent” (Adams 1990: 90).

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