How Meat Changed Sex: The Law of Interspecies Intimacy after Industrial Reproduction

  title={How Meat Changed Sex: The Law of Interspecies Intimacy after Industrial Reproduction},
  author={Gabriel N. Rosenberg},
  journal={GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies},
  pages={473 - 507}
The article explores the history and structure of American laws criminalizing sexual contact between humans and animals to demonstrate how the ecological conditions of late capitalism are remaking sexual taxonomies, practices, and identities. It notes that the majority of these statutes have been enacted within the past three decades and most contain language that explicitly exempts animal husbandry and veterinary medicine from prosecution. The article explores the legislative politics that… Expand

Tables from this paper

Critiquing the Conception of "Crimes Against Nature": The Necessity for a New "Natural" Law.
It is argued that a paradigm shift in respect of naturalness is necessitated-naturalness should be packaged and represented, in part, by the empirical and reflected in law so long as the boundaries the authors propose are not unduly transgressed. Expand
Queer Speciation: Or, Darwin On and Off the Farm
Abstract:In the debates over futurity that have pervaded queer theory in the early years of this millennium, the species plot has found less prevalence than it might have done. While FoucaultianExpand
Anthropomorphism, Normativity, and the Couple: A Queer Studies/Human-Animal Studies Mash-Up
  • A. Jagose
  • Sociology
  • GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • 2019
Abstract:Queer thinking to date has tended to write off the couple form as foundationally normative. This essay offers a renewed ontology of the couple via an autoethnographic account of human-animalExpand
Horse F#$@ing and the Limits of Consent: What Broad City Teaches Us About Sexual Violence
ABSTRACT Taking its points of departure from the comedy series Broad City and from the unsavory incident of a man dying from complications resulting from bestial sex, this article meditates on 3Expand
On the Scene of Zoonotic Intimacies
COVID-19, like HIV/AIDS before it, is being allegorized as a cost of perverse intimacies with nature. This essay surveys three scenes of intimate zoonotic exchange—the jungle, the wet market, and theExpand
Notes on Vegan Camp
  • Emelia Quinn
  • PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America
  • 2020
By examining a kitsch piece of nineteenth-century scrimshaw on display at the Hull Maritime Museum, Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress, and a range of mock meat products, this essay expands the scope ofExpand
Field Notes: Agricultural History’s New Plot
The last fifty years has witnessed the field of agricultural history undergoing a process of rejuvenation in which it has drawn closer to the cognate fields of environmental history and food history.Expand


A Race Suicide among the Hogs: The Biopolitics of Pork in the United States, 1865–1930
The article examines meat agriculture as a site for the production of knowledge about gender, race, and sexuality that spanned human and nonhuman animals. Livestock breeders and commentators alikeExpand
Situating Sex: Prison Sexual Culture in the Mid-Twentieth-Century United States
One of the most important insights in the history of sexuality has been that “sexual identity”—the notion that the direction of one’s sexual desire determines and reveals the truth of the self—is aExpand
Sexual revolution in early America
In 1695, John Miller, a clergyman traveling through New York, found it appalling that so many couples lived together without ever being married and that no one viewed "ante-nuptial fornication" asExpand
Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Entanglements of Feminism, Health, and Technoscience
In Seizing the Means of Reproduction , Michelle Murphy's initial focus on the alternative health practices developed by radical feminists in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s opens into aExpand
Rats, Pigs, and Statues on Trial: The Creation of Cultural Narratives in the Prosecution of Animals and Inanimate Objects
Records indicate that trials of animals - usually for killing human beings - took place throughout Europe and elsewhere from the ninth through the nineteenth centuries. The historical evidenceExpand
Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect
In Animacies , Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Toward that end,Expand
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality
It is in this seminal work that Freud first describes his theories on the development, aberrations, and transformations of the sexual instinct from its earliest beginnings in childhood.. FreudsExpand
Sexual politics, sexual communities : the making of a homosexual minority in the United States, 1940-1970
With thorough documentation of the oppression of homosexuals and biographical sketches of the lesbian and gay heroes who helped the contemporary gay culture to emerge, Sexual Politics, SexualExpand
Seizing the means of reproduction: entanglements of feminism, health and technoscience
Feminist practice in late-twentieth century-USA was a ‘technoscientific counter-conduct’ (3) that animated and entangled with broader historical formations, writes author Michelle Murphy. In thisExpand
Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy
While the creation of Dolly the sheep, the world’s most famous clone, triggered an enormous amount of discussion about human cloning, in Dolly Mixtures the anthropologist Sarah Franklin looks beyondExpand