The latest bit of silliness

From Campus Reform:

Eating meat perpetuates ‘hegemonic masculinity,’ prof says

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

  • Based on interviews with Argentinian vegetarians, Anne Delessio-Parson claims that women use vegetarianism to “push back against the patriarchy,” and that male vegetarians “seem more egalitarian and respectful.”

Toni Airaksinen | New York Campus Correspondent | December 4, 2017 | 10:31 AM ET

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.

Anyone who uses the ‘word’ reify is already on shaky intellectual ground. And “Journal of Feminist Geography”? Since when has geography become different when women are studying it, as opposed to men?

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.

Anne Delessio Parson

Anne Delessio Parson

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.

There’s more at the original, but if vegetarianism “contribute(s) to the destabilization of the gender binary,” then it is clearly harmful to society. There are only two sexes, and if you don’t know that, or deny that reality, you are an idiot. Apparently, you can ‘earn’ a PhD at Penn State, and still be completely clueless.

Now, I have no objection to people choosing to be vegetarians, and, in fact, I did that for four years during the early 1980s. Personal choice is personal choice; as long as a choice doesn’t violate someone else’s rights, it’s none of our business. But Dr Delessio Parson makes me glad of one thing: having moved back to Kentucky, I won’t be paying taxes to support such idiocy at Penn State any longer!


  1. My darling bride and I had steak last night, at Columbia Steak House on Richmond Road, in Lexington. She got the rarest cut, prime rib. I s’pose she supports ‘hegemonic masculinity.’

    I got the 12 ounce ribeye, medium rate.

    A restaurant review may be forthcoming.

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