#tbt to our book An Unnatural Order by Jim Mason published by us in 2004 and originally by @simonandschuster in 1993. This book is a classic, exploring how humans have cut ourselves off from other animals and the natural world.
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"An Unnatural Order" by Jim Mason -- This
book has really opened my eyes to how many prominent anthropologists and historians have portrayed the secular creation story to fit our modern speciesist, anthropocentric, and patriarchical society in terms of the common assumptions about the behaviors and beliefs of early humans including their diets, the role of women, relationships to animals, etc. For instance, scientists have popularized concepts like social Darwinism (survival of the fittest, etc.) to explain our role in the world today - using the mold of "man the hunter," the brutality of humans who have "always" conquered animals and nature, and that women have "always" been submissive by playing a lesser role in society. These myths are useful in maintaining our status quo which is seeped in social injustice towards those perceived as the "other," and allowed many to accept speciesism, racism, sexism, war and violence as ok because it's "natural" and "just part of human nature." But Mason offers compelling evidence of other scholars who have a very different take on human roots which tell a story that is most definitely not included in school textbooks! I would definitely recommend this one. #anunnaturalorder #jimmason #animalstudies #vegan #earthling #reader #liberationforall #lanternbooks #book #bookstagram