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Animal AlterityScience Fiction and the Question of the Animal$
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Sherryl Vint

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312342

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316135

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‘The Female Is Somewhat Duller’: Gender and Animals1

‘The Female Is Somewhat Duller’: Gender and Animals1

(p.90) 4. ‘The Female Is Somewhat Duller’: Gender and Animals1
Animal Alterity

This chapter discusses the relationship between animals and human categories of gender, reflecting on the various ways in which discourses about gender and discourses about animality intersect, overlap, and contradict one another. It also examines the link between the human–animal boundary and the cultural construction of women as closer to the being of animals. The chapter discusses science fiction texts that exemplify the similarity between the exploitation of animals and the exploitation of women, and argues that a better understanding of this oppression is valuable for feminists and for those interested in animal welfare.

Keywords:   animals, gender, animality, human–animal boundary, women, exploitation, gender discrimination, animal welfare

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