Eating Meat Perpetuates "Hegemonic Masculinity", Professor Says

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Authored by Toni Airaksinen via Campus Reform,

A Pennsylvania State University sociology professor recently argued that eating meat perpetuates “hegemonic masculinity” and “gender hegemony.”

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Feminist Geography, professor Anne DeLessio-Parson argues that “hegemonic masculinity implies an imperative to eat meat” and that this helps reify other power hierarchies as well.

To study the link between masculinity and meat, DeLessio-Parson interviewed 23 vegetarians who live in Argentina to probe how they deal with their country’s “meat-centric” culture, finding that being vegetarian itself is a political act.

Vegetarians also contribute to the destabilization of the gender binary, she argued.

“The decision to become vegetarian does not itself destabilize gender, but the subsequent social interactions between vegetarian and meat-eater demand gender enactment - or resistance,” DeLessio-Parson discovered.


“Refusing meat therefore presents opportunities, in each social interaction, for the binary to be called into question,” she said, noting that women, for example, may not consider dating men who eat meat, while male vegetarians might end up spending more time in the kitchen as opposed to outside on the grill, all actions which can destabilize gender norms.

In an interview with Campus Reform, DeLessio-Parson explained that her interest in the issue arose after spending five years as a vegetarian in Argentina, where she worked with community organizations and as an English teacher.

There, she realized that vegetarianism isn’t just a lifestyle choice, but a feminist act.

“Women, one of the ways they push back against patriarchy, they say, 'This is my body. You don't get to tell me what comes in and out,’” she told Campus Reform, explaining that vegetarianism is a way women can assert their agency and autonomy.

She also noticed characteristics unique to male vegetarians, asserting that although many men in Argentina “still have these very hegemonic masculinity traits,” male vegetarians “seem more egalitarian and respectful” and “more open about talking about how sexism exists.”

DeLessio-Parson concludes that vegetarianism can help “destabilize not just gender, but also other hierarchies, and drive social change.

“If we can pay more attention to what we put in our bodies...we can create a better sense of peace in the world. Vegetarianism is a part of that,” she writes.

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shitshitshit's picture

wait until mcafee eats his own meat.

He will probably change his tune..

nuubee's picture

He will definitely change it when the next meat popsicle enters his mouth.

Tao 4 the Show's picture

But is anyone talking about how many students brains this "prof" has consumed?

Ignatius's picture

Stupid is in full-court-press mode.

Is this a "scientific" thesis?  

Science was pretty cool as long as it was creating radios and flying machines.

Perimetr's picture

Another demented "progressive"

who can't tell his/her/it's ass from a hole in the ground

DownWithYogaPants's picture

McAfee's gender binary will definitely be undermined at if that penis bbq occurs.

But don't give McDonalds any more menu ideas.  Their hamburgers already taste like space steaks(tm).

Schmuck Raker's picture

Did someone say Bitcoin?

"Why a small community of Bitcoin users is eating meat exclusively."

SafelyGraze's picture

professional football, basketball, baseball, and hockey teams feature all-male line-ups

this unlawful and immoral violation of civil rights has persisted much too long

every professional sport engaged in interstate commerce must employ women in equal proportion with men, and give them equal playing time

write your congressmanwomanperson immediately

make your voice heard



fleur de lis's picture

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

Snowflake factory alert!

Snowflake factory alert!

Save_America1st's picture

I'm a member of PETAPeople Eating Tasty Animals....cuz it's my white privilege, bitchez ;-)

Keyser's picture

Yeah and I bet this college professor is a vegan that drinks soy milk... Can you say Low Testosterone Yenta? My experience with male vegans is that they ALL demonstrate the same behavior as a woman just prior to her starting her period... Permanent PMS... 

tion's picture

The prof is a vagina.  If all of the unstable Children of the Soy would just only date eachother, and all the toxic feminists and toxic mgtow's would just only amuse themselves trying to pump and dump eachother, the world would be a better place.


HillaryOdor's picture

Journal of Feminist Geography


Automatic Choke's picture

Vegetarian (defined):    Native American term for "bad hunter".


Creative_Destruct's picture

WTF is "Feminist Geography?" The Grand Tetons???

Creative_Destruct's picture

You know this is horseshit when this kind of pretentious vague language is used by these "intellectuals:"

“The decision to become vegetarian does not itself destabilize gender, but the subsequent social interactions between vegetarian and meat-eater demand gender enactment - or resistance,” DeLessio-Parson discovered.

 Heaven forbid the "professor" write a clear sentence in plain English lest it be discovered that this an intellectual NOTHING burger.

Archibald Buttle's picture

as a vegetarian for the past 25+ years, i call absolute bullshit on this entire screed. well, there was one half-phrase that was, oddly enough, factual: “The decision to become vegetarian does not itself destabilize gender..."

the point this fool goes on to try to make after this is rubbish of the tallest order. i get shit for being vegetarian pretty much everyday. i expect it, and i don't give one shit. like having a mohawk in the 80's, you are asking to get shit from people, and if you are offended then don't fucking do it. seriously, something must be done about this whole snowflakism bullshit before they make it more illegal than it already is to oppose it.

i bought some fancy breed straight run chicks and two turned out to be roosters. since i dont have the time/space to breed chickens, i happily let my roommates slaughter and eat them. one of these days i will get around to getting a hunting license for the simple reason that it will add another chance for someone in the household to score tags and therefore add to the overall food supply of the team (and, yeah, free up more veggies from the garden for me!). 

fuck this geoopthamalotherapist (or whatever, i can't spare the time or effort to check her "official" title) cunt and the horse she rode in on.


Parrotile's picture

As a vegetarian you'll comfortably outlast the meat-eaters, both in useful (i.e. fit) years, and total lifespan overall. Reducing meat intake (and meat-product intake) really does make you healthier - and there are so many really nice and tasty vegetable dishes out there, it seems a shame not to give them all a go!

Archibald Buttle's picture

i try not to eat poisonous food, and i have no children. it's a recipe for a healthy, unencumbered life.

yes, you miss out on a few things along the way. but when it comes to food and children, i wouldn't change a thing.

i see no advantage to creating yet another generation of debt serfs.

_triplesix_'s picture

Umm...sarcasm alert instead?

Archibald Buttle's picture

i checked for an onion byline (as it seemed crazy, but not farfetched in the current state of affairs), but i wasn't aware of this campus reform site. the thought of "campus reform" equating to anything besides anti-free speech and divide and conquer asshattery never crossed my mind. thanks for the tipoff, i might have to check it out more often, its an even subtler accredited times, if this is an example of their common fare!

Stuck on Zero's picture

Truly hegemonic are the guys who eat their girlfriends.

IronShield's picture

That's right, I am THE HMFIC! I'm going to RIP your...

I'm not sure I see your point.

Richard Chesler's picture

I'm perpetuating as I read this.

Can't beat a good rib eye!

sober_kiwi's picture

That gets the support of the following lifestyles / dietry requirements:
-ketogenic / low carb / atkins
-gluten free
-dairy free
-nut free

It just so happens that all nine essential amino acids and two fatty acids needed by the human body are found in meat.
Worked for the Eskimoes. Think they used sealcoin.

enforcer92677's picture

Craving a McRib right about now...

Drater's picture

McRibs are made from soy...don't be a queer soy boy

greenskeeper carl's picture

I don't think either of those things is going to happen. Bitcoin is not hitting a million, and that dude is not going to eat his own dick. I'd much rather be known as a dude that lost his bet and didn't hold up his end, and not be taken seriously anymore than the dickless guy that ate his own dick.

Richard Chesler's picture

Was he planning on grilling or boiling it?

Just curious...


TwelveOhOne's picture

He's currently doing some intense stretching exercises...  ("eat" not necessarily being "consume"...)

KJWqonfo7's picture

You knew it was bullshit when that many fancy words had to be strung together to express the idea.

nmewn's picture


waspwench's picture

A lot of us women can't understand why she thinks this is a problem. :)))

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Don’t blame this convoluted philosophy on $2 words.

techpriest's picture

You can also tell that the research well has pretty much hit the bottom on this topic. There's nothing else of substance to offer, so they start smashing words together and publishing it.

freedogger's picture

So what would all the ladies that ranch around where I live say about this? They get right in there and do real work any time I've ever been to a branding. Probably laugh their asses off.

waspwench's picture

And a lot of us ladies are enthusiastic carnivores. I wonder what that is doing to my gender?

Korogaro's picture

No doubt! What a load of academic gobbledy-gook. You could always pinpoint the clueless, arrogant assholes in college as soon as you heard the words "hegemony," "patriarchy," "homogeneous," or "post-process."

Parrotile's picture

You don't work in the Chemical Industry, then. "Homogeneous" and "Post-Process" are terms that crop up very frequently, especially in multi-step synthetic processes. Same goes for the Pharmaceutical Industry, especially fermentation - derived products (antibiotics, hormones, "biologicals", etc.)

NoPension's picture

What if I just lick it?

Stan Smith's picture

+1 and millions more.   "Settled Science" is as worthless this "scientist" is with their bullshit.

Never trust anyone who wont ever eat meat.  

shankster's picture

Don't know but dat's good lookin steak.

keep the bastards honest's picture

No it's not even scientific.she is a fuckwit of the highest offensive order
Geez, you Americans generate freaks. I
am a female and once I got over the horror of eating meat at 4 just got on with it because my dentition and body are built for it.
But not being American, I have access to grassfed well freedom allowed stock even occasionally pig meat, from animals free range with their own shelter homes and cared for until the sudden end stress free, no freaky urea taste linger from a terrible terror at their end.
How dare she. My soni eats meat and vegetables snd fruit and ferments and women remark how he respects women when they deserve it... ie is not an idiot such as she describes nor a fool such as she.

ZH is turning out clickbait stupidity worse than women's day. ZH you can do better in general but then this article is worth printing to show how degenerate university women in some power positions are

Grumpy Vermonter's picture

What's up with the picture above that blatantly depicts the dominant steak humping the shit out of the submissive one?!! An obvious depiction of carnal lust AND "gender hegemony". My question is.......which one is the "masculine meat"?

Archibald Buttle's picture

neither, if they are being PC. and plus a million for making me spit out some beer!

Akzed's picture

In the most recent issue of the Journal of Feminist Geography,

The last of this I needed to read.

forexskin's picture

not to mention that if you eat enough soy you will grow tits - gotta pack in those estrogen mimics.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Many of the self-righteous vegan/vegetarian people that I have encountered seem to have a pale, pasty skin tone.

They seem to suffer from chronic iron deficiency (anemia) and when they are questioned about this potential dietary shortfall, many of them become quite defensive, hostile, and argumentative.

Whenever the opportunitity presents itself, I enjoy cooking large amounts of bacon in their presence.

They either choose to indulge themselves in the wonderful, delicious ecstasy of BACON, or they are driven from the scene while pretending to retch and vomit.

I thoroughly enjoy antagonizing vegetarians/vegans by cooking large amounts of mouth-watering meat around them.

2_legs_bahhhhhd's picture

If god didn't want us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them out of meat.

Homer J Simpson