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Cass R. Sunstein and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.001.0001

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Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights

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(p.263) 12 Of Mice and Men
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Animal Rights
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Catharine A. Mackinnon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.003.0013

This chapter presents a feminist view on animal rights. It investigates why it is necessary for animals to be like people to be protected from them or to be entitled to their own lives, and presents a reading of John Steinbeck's play Of Mice and Men. The chapter considers the ways nonhuman animals are seen and treated by human animals in gendered terms and suggests that comparing humans' treatment of animals with men's treatment of women illuminates the way the legal system's response to animals is gendered. It argues for the analysis of the situation of animals on their own terms, however difficult.

Keywords:   animal rights, feminist view, John Steinbeck, Mice and Men, treatment of women, legal system

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