Chess Green Economy Coalition urges visionary action from world leaders ahead of Rio Earth Summit 2012

An unprecedented coalition of labour, business, environment and consumer groups will today call for a revival of the high ambition that accompanied the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992 as ministers gather to prepare for the next Earth Summit in 2012. Contact


Chess Eating our Way to Global Citizenship

Eating our Way to Global Citizenship:A Rumination on the Role of International Education in Creating a Sustainable Future of Food and Identity “The lesson of ecology is that one cannot care for the future of the human race without caring for the future of its con


Chess Veganism as Intersectional Social Justice (part 1)

IntroductionWould any sane person think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday...Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely persona


Chess The Identity Politics of Breasts: Male Lactation and the Political Economy of Wo/Man (part 3)

PART II: Milk and the Nature of Things: Gender, Race, Class, Species“The concealment of breastfeeding rests equally, if not more, on squeamishness relating to bodily function: the fact that food comes out of our bodies is an unsettling thought in a culture that r


Chess The Identity Politics of Breasts: Male Lactation and the Political Economy of Wo/Man (part 2)

Is it to men that nature confided domestic cares? Has she given us breasts to feed our children?”--Pierre-Gaspard Chaumette quoted in "Why Mammals are Called Mammals"[*]Experience may tell you that producing milk and nursing youngsters is a job for the


Chess The Identity Politics of Breasts: Male Lactation and the Political Economy of Wo/Man (part 1)

[M]ale dominated society tends not to think of a woman’s breasts as hers. Woman is a natural territory; her breasts belong to others—her husband, her lover, her baby. It’ hard to imagine a woman’s breasts as her own, from her own point of view, to imagine t


Chess Skinny Bitch and Bulimic Vegetarians

IntroductionIn 2007, few people would have expected a "no-nonsense" book of "tough-love" for American females to become one of the most successful vegetarian advocacy publications in the Western hemisphere. This book, Skinny Bitch, spawned a who


Chess Privilege: The U.S. Vegan Movement, Whiteness, and Race Relations (review)

Table of ContentsPart 1: Are Animals the New Slaves?What Went Wrong?Racism, Speciesism, and Cross-racial MisunderstandingAre human-animal juxtapositions reductionistic?Part 2: Animal Rights or Animal Whites?Animal White Supremacists?Vegan ColonialismOne Word: Empat


Chess Privilege: The U.S. Vegan Movement, Whiteness, and Race Relations (part 5)

After having argued that there is actually quite a bit of racial diversity in the international and domestic vegetarian and animal rights movements, I discussed reasons for why the movements are nonetheless perceived as so white: epistemologies of ignorance (i.e. a


Chess Privilege: The U.S. Vegan Movement, Whiteness, and Race Relations (part 4)

IntroductionIn part 1 of the Privilege series, I examined a particular case of when vegan outreach goes wrong (i.e. the public juxtaposition of images in which "animals" and people of color are being oppressed) and discussed how such tactics generally ali


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