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Review of Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice

By Marine Lercier

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What do we have in common with animals, and what do these women have in common? We are Sister Species, if not sisters at all. Lisa Kemmerer invites us to realize that we are more alike than different and to become aware of what our animal brothers and especially sisters experience: the suffering they endure because of our absurd inconsistencies and oppositions - even within the animal rights movement, often unbeknownst to us. The goal: more effective discourse and action, educating us to the other in the face of a norm imposed by a power, a discourse of normalization in a white, patriarchal society. Ten years after its publication, this book is still as topical as ever. The issues raised have not been resolved and the fundamental problems outlined regarding the interconnection of oppressions are still very much present. It contains powerful narratives of life and humanity - in the broad and compassionate sense of the word. Sister Species, edited by Lisa Kemmerer, focuses on women, animals, and social justice.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2021
Publication Title Between the Species
Volume 24
Issue 1
Pages 11
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal welfare
  3. open access
  4. social justice
  1. open access