Task Force on Gender and Cultural Change

Poultney, Vermont; Northampton and Woods Hole, Massachusetts USA

The Task Force on Gender and Cultural Change, formed in 2001, gathers resource materials dealing with violence against women and animals, and participates in the campaign "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence" coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. Other projects of the task force may be found at the home page of GlobalBird.Net. Administrator: Audrey E. Haschemeyer, Ph.D.

Challenging the Mentality of Violence Against Women and Animals

Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice/Lisa A. Kemmerer, ed. (University of Illinois Press), 2011.

Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls  UNIFEM resource site, 2010.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence  International networking of activists to challenge entrenched attitudes and policies that continue to allow women to be targeted for acts of violence and exploitation of their bodies.

Prisoned Chickens Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry/Karen Davis, Ph.D. (Book Publishing Co.), rev. edition, 2009. Animal abuse and disease in a multibillion dollar industry marketing the flesh and reproductive products of birds.

The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery/Marjorie Spiegel (Mirror Books), 1996. A look at the enslavement of people of African origin in America and its parallels to humanity's violent exploitation of nonhuman animals.

Sarah Baartman at Rest   An account of the experience of a woman of color (b. 1789) subjected to exploitation for entertainment and "science." The site includes A Poem for Sara Baartman by Diane Ferrus and links.

Sistah Vegan Project  Project devoted to "Decolonizing our Diets, Healing Our Bodies, Liberating Our Souls." Anthology: Sistah Vegan! Food, Health, Identity and Society: Black Female Vegans in North America  (2007). Color of Violence: The INCITE! Anthology/ Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (South End Press), 2006. Challenging essays, including "The War Against Black women, and the Making of NO!," "Sistas Makin' Moves: Collective Leadership for Personal Transformation and Social Justice" and "The Medicalization of Domestic Violence."

The White Ribbon Campaign. An international campaign by men working to end men's violence against women.

Equality Now  Action in the areas of discriminatory laws, trafficking, female genital mutilation, domestic violence, reproductive rights around the world.

VDay: Until the Violence Stops, video or DVD. Documentary on the anti-violence movement based on Eve Ensler's play The Vagina Monologues.

Archive of Violence, Super Weed Various articles by Pattrice Jones, including (6/8/07) a discussion of sexualized violence and the degradation of women in pornography.

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory/Carol J. Adams (Continuum Publishing Group), 1999. See Chapter 2 on the mentality of sexual violence against women and the eating and exploitation of animals: "women in brothels can be used like animals in cages."

Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside the U.S. Meat Industry/Gail A. Eisnitz (Prometheus Books), 1997. Animal cruelty and environmental degradation. Also, see websites:  Vegan OutreachPhysicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust/Charles Patterson (Lantern Books), 2002. Human mastery over nonhuman animals and its connection to violent use and destruction of human bodies; title from Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, "for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka."

Beyond Violence: The Human-Animal Connection Connections between violent treatment of animals and other human violence from the Society and Animals Forum.

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Human Violence/Andrew Linzey, ed. (Sussex Academic Press), 2009. A collection of articles on aggression against animals and children, animal abuse and battering of women, the writings of J. M. Coetzee on animal cruelty, powerlessness and the "structure of evil," mentality of the hunting sub-culture, and related topics.

'Honour': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence Against Women/Lynn Welchman and Sara Hossain, eds. (Zed Books), 2005. Examination of "culture" and indifference by social institutions in the perpetuation of violent control of women by men in Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and South Asia.

Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide/Andrea Smith (South End Press), 2005. Violation of women's boundaries and autonomy from a Native American perspective.

Sex Trafficking: The Global Market in Women & Children/Kathryn Farr (W. H. Freeman & Co), 2004. A million women and children trafficked annually. Also, Sex Traffic: Prostitution, Crime and Exploitation/ Paola Monzini (Zed Books), 2006.

Sexual Violence and American Manhood/T. Walter Herbert (Harvard University Press), 2002. Sexual pathology within the male supremacist traditions of America. Also see "Warriors' Power" in Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence/Mark Juergensmeyer (U.California Press), 2002.

[Also, please visit our page on Animal Ethics]

Task Force Archive - Additional Bibliography