A Pennsylvania University professor just published a piece in the Journal of Feminist Geography in which she argues that the act of eating meat perpetrates “hegemonic masculinity."
Here's an excerpt of what Professor Anne DeLessio-Parson had to say:
In patriarchal societies where hegemonic masculinity implies an imperative to eat meat, vegetarianism disrupts food culture, raising questions about how vegetarians do, re-do, and rework gender. Analyzing 23 interviews in La Plata, Argentina, I find that the narratives of conversion and social pushback reported by women and men expose gender enactment and social reinforcement of the binary. At times, vegetarians compensate by drawing on scripts of femininities and masculinities that uphold difference, e.g. women cook meat and reassure meat-eaters; men make rationality-based claims and demonstrate strength. Yet in other moments, vegetarians defy attempts to hold them accountable to gendered social expectations. Women, for example, assert authority over their diets; men embody rejection of the meat-masculinity nexus by adopting a worldview that also rejects sexism and racism. I contend that in such a context, we cannot separate the ways people ‘do vegetarianism’ from how they ‘do gender.’ Doing vegetarianism in interactions drives social change, contributing to the de-linking of meat from gender hegemony and revealing the resisting and reworking of gender in food spaces.
And the war on men rages on!
In today's day and age it's difficult to do anything without being accused of helping the patriarchy. Now, a person can't even eat a cheeseburger in peace without being accused of sexism!
Almost anything a man does to a woman these days can be seen as him "inflicting" his masculinity on her, as this article goes so far as to suggest that men are forcing women to put meat in their bodies.
While DeLessio-Parson undoubtedly thinks she's being a "good feminist" with this piece, that's not what she's doing at all. Instead, she's insulting women by implying that they are doing something inherently wrong by eating meat, something that the majority of humans crave for survival.
Modern feminists are actually repressing women on an increasing basis, making it seem like they have no control over their own bodies. Articles like this one make it seem like women are completely powerless in "male-dominated" societies and does not acknowledge the fact that women, like all people, have the right to choose what they put into their bodies.