2 Rel.: Beyond Anthropocentrism 135 (2014)
Fifty Shades of Oppression: Unexamined Sexualized Violence against Women and Other Animals

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Fifty Shades of Oppression

Unexamined Sexualized Violence against Women
and   Other Animals'


Corey   Lee  Wrenn
Graduate Student and Instructor of Sociology at Colorado State University
                                                corey.wrenn@gmail.com

James, Erika Leonard. 2011. Fifty Shades of Grey. New York: Vintage Books.
514 pp. $ 15.95. ISBN 978-1-61213-028-6.


    He  continues to fondle my liver with his fingertips until I can't stand it.
    He gently places my quivering offal into a skillet where some softened onions
    are waiting for me. [...] He stirs my insides with a deft wooden spoon,
    around and around [...]. (Fowler 2012, 103)
This first-person narrative of an eviscerated victim in the clutches of a
sexually aroused perpetrator appears to be pulled from a horror story.
Strangely, this is actually an excerpt from F.L. Fowler's 2 2012 culinary
release: Fifty Shades of Chicken. This cookbook is a parody on the novel,
Fifty Shades of Grey, an infamous best-seller that glamorizes submissive
sexuality and violence against woman. Fifty Shades of Chicken, a book for
chicken lovers everywhere, manages to take this disturbing subject matter
to another level of degradation.
    Throughout  the book, a chicken's body  is used to replace that of
a woman.  She is referred to as Chicken or Miss Hen. The choice of
chicken was not accidental. Chickens eaten by humans are almost always
female. The body  parts of chicken (breast, leg, thigh) are often applied
to that of human  women,  and human   women  are often called birds,
chicks, chickens, or hens (Dunayer 1995). The cookbook features
several images of a muscled, shirtless man dominating a chicken's corpse
with knives, maillots, binding (twine), and other kitchen utensils. In one
image  he is shown sodomizing  her with an upright roasting device. In

    ' The current paper first appeared in the online blog The Academic Abolitionist
Vegan, in January, 2013 (Wrenn 2013). Adapted by permission of the author.
    2 F.L. Fowler is a pseudonym.

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