Vegetarian feminism, also known as feminist vegetarianism or vegetarian ecofeminism, is a theoretical perspective that focuses on the connection between meat eating and the oppression of women. Leading scholars in this area assert that women are demeaned and dehumanized by being placed in the same category as meat. Women, for instance, are frequently compared to animals such as being called “cougars” or “sex kittens.” Because of this connection between animals and women, vegetarian feminism is a women's issue.

Vegetarian feminism is encompassed in the broader social and political movement known as ecofeminism. Ecofeminists see connections between environmentalism and feminism, linking the subordination and oppression of women to the degradation of nature. According to the philosophy of ecofeminism, the societal mentality that leads to the oppression of ...

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