I nurtured my first book idea for fifteen years before it was published as The Sexual Politics of Meat. I learned the importance of incubation, of perseverance, and having faith in myself as a writer. My activism involves the heart-piercing experience of working for social justice (which includes justice for nonhuman animals) and against domestic violence, homelessness, racism, and violence against animals. Since 1996, I have maintained a daily journal practice that has transformed my writing and anchored my activism. For the first decade of the twenty-first century, I was deeply involved in providing care to three elderly people. I am currently completing a book about this experience.
I am often asked: How did I become a vegan? How did I write The Sexual Politics of Meat? Recently, the artist Suzy Gonzalez created a wonderful animation that answers these questions, and others. I am so honored by her creativity!
I love cooking and sharing vegan meals, knowing that no animals were used in the preparation of the meal; in this way, cooking and sharing food embodies compassion.
We live with two rescued dogs, Holly and Inky.
You can download a list of my publications here.
Carol J. Adams is a feminist-vegan advocate, activist, and independent scholar and the author of numerous books including her pathbreaking The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, now in a Bloomsbury Revelations edition celebrating its 25th anniversary. It has been translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese and French. A Spanish edition will appear in 2016 and an Italian edition is in process. She is the co-editor of several important anthologies, including most recently Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (with Lori Gruen). The Carol J. Adams Reader: Writings and Conversations 1995-2015 appeared in the fall of 2016. Her writings are the subject of two recent anthologies, Defiant Daughters: 21 Women of Art, Activism, Animals, and The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore The Sexual Politics of Meat, in which a new generation of feminists, artists, and activists respond to Adams' groundbreaking work.
She has a Masters of Divinity from Yale University. In the 1970s, she and her spouse, the Rev. Bruce Buchanan started a Hotline for Battered Women in upstate New York. She is the author of Woman-Battering (1995) in Fortress Press’s Creative Pastoral Care and Counseling Series. With Marie Fortune, she edited Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook (1995). She is the author of the training manual, Pastoral Care for Domestic Violence: Case Studies for Clergy - for Christian Audiences - Training Manual (2007) published by the FaithTrust Institute. She wrote one of the earliest articles theorizing why batterers harm animals, “Woman-Battering and Harm to Animals" (in The Carol J. Adams Reader).
Carol is also the author of books on living as a vegan, including Never Too Late to Go Vegan: The Over-50 Guide to Adopting and Thriving on a Vegan Diet (with Patti Breitman and Virginia Messina), Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian’s Survival Guide, How to Eat Like a Vegetarian Even if You Never Want to Be One.