Who doesn’t love a good steak? You find yourself a nice center cut and grill it to perfection. Or what about a juicy hamburger with all the fixings? It’s what we all love to eat. But, according to one Ph.D. candidate, your desire for meat is simply prolonging the male hierarchy, or “hegemonic masculinity” as she calls it.
Anne DeLessio-Parson, who is a professor at Pennsylvania State University, argues in a recently published article in “Journal of Feminist Geography” that there is a link between men’s love of meat and the male-dominated society we live in today.
Her answer to this problem? Become a vegetarian and reset the rules of society. What?
“I contend that in such a context, we cannot separate the ways people ‘do vegetarianism’ from how they ‘do gender,’” she wrote. “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.”
According to the Daily Wire, Parson interviewed 27 vegetarians in order to find this correlation between male oppression and meat eaters. That’s a pretty small number to sample for such a detailed claim.
“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,” the sociology professor wrote. “Refusing meat therefore presents opportunities, in each social interaction, for the binary to be called into question.”
As if her article didn’t already have us scratching our head in bewilderment, Parson goes on to argue that women who choose to become vegetarians are the true feminists.
She contends that eating a plant-based diet is “one of the ways they [women] push back against patriarchy. “They say, ‘This is my body. You don’t get to tell me what comes in and out,’” she told Fox News.
As “progressive” as her study may be, the question must be asked: What about interviewing some meat eaters, too, for a well-rounded experiment?” And is that why so many women always eat a salad? I guess you learn something new every day.