Kim Socha discusses her new book, “Women, Destruction, and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation”

“This interdisciplinary study fuses analysis of feminist literature and manifestos, radical political theory, critical vanguard studies, women’s performance art, and popular culture to argue for the animal liberation movement as successor to the liberationist visions of the early twentieth-century avant-gardes, most especially the Surrealists.” The interview introduces many of the book’s themes, focusing particularly on gender inequalities in the animal liberation movement, the notion of destruction as a tool for liberation, and the tensions surrounding whether animal activists and social revolutionaries more generally should seek to further their goals using the tools of patriarchy and capitalism.

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