Researchers Link Eating Meat to Sexism

A survey of students in Texas reveals a connection between the oppression of farmed animals and women.

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A new study published in the journal Feminism and Psychology linked attitudes about meat-eating to those about sexism. Researchers surveyed 260 males and 484 females—who were asked questions online about their dietary habits, perceived gender roles, and various forms of sexism—at a public university in Texas and found that those who consume meat are more likely to support oppressive female stereotypes. “As hypothesized, pro meat-eating justifications were positively related to sexist attitudes as well as traditional gender roles and negatively related to gender role transcendent attitudes,” researchers found. “On the other hand, pro-animal attitudes were positively correlated with gender role transcendent attitudes and negatively correlated with benevolent/hostile sexism and traditional gender attitudes.” In 2016, the Pro-Intersectional Vegan Conference (the first of its kind) debuted in London to address the social-justice issues—such as racism, sexism, classism, and ageism— that are inherently tied to veganism.