Literature Recommendations


I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive.
— Malcom X

Our number one recommendation for new activists is to read, the more you read the further nuanced your analysis of speciesism and oppression will be. We don’t claim to agree with everyone here or their ideas 100%, but these authors are where we found significant value as a collective. 


The Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan [1983]  Topic: Nonhuman rights

The Case for Animal Rights by Tom Regan [1983]

Topic: Nonhuman rights

Speciesism by Joan Dunayer [2004]  Topic: Speciesism defined

Speciesism by Joan Dunayer [2004]

Topic: Speciesism defined

Animal Equality by Joan Dunayer [2001]  Topic: Speciesist language deconstructed

Animal Equality by Joan Dunayer [2001]

Topic: Speciesist language deconstructed

Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters by Aph & Syl Ko [2017]  Topic: various blog posts by the Ko sisters, theorising on many aspects of oppression and often how they connect

Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters by Aph & Syl Ko [2017]

Topic: various blog posts by the Ko sisters, theorising on many aspects of oppression and often how they connect

Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks [2000]  Topic: radical feminism made accessible, classism, sexism

Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks [2000]

Topic: radical feminism made accessible, classism, sexism

Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective by Casey T. Taft [2016]  Topic: evidence-based methods to advocate for nonhuman animals

Motivational Methods for Vegan Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective by Casey T. Taft [2016]

Topic: evidence-based methods to advocate for nonhuman animals

Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World : A Guide for Activists and their Allies [2007]  Topic: mental health for activists

Aftershock: Confronting Trauma in a Violent World : A Guide for Activists and their Allies [2007]

Topic: mental health for activists

The Gender Knot: Unraveling our Patriarchal Legacy by Allan G. Johnson [1997]  Topic: sexism, patriarchy

The Gender Knot: Unraveling our Patriarchal Legacy by Allan G. Johnson [1997]

Topic: sexism, patriarchy

The Sexual Politics of Meat: a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams [1990]  Topic: speciesism and sexism intersections

The Sexual Politics of Meat: a Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory by Carol J. Adams [1990]

Topic: speciesism and sexism intersections

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala [2018]  Topic: racism, classism & colonialism

Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala [2018]

Topic: racism, classism & colonialism

Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation by Sunaura Taylor [2015]  Topic: ableism and speciesism intersections

Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation by Sunaura Taylor [2015]

Topic: ableism and speciesism intersections

Animal Oppression & Human Violence by David A. Nibert [2013]  Topic: speciesism, capitalism and war intersections

Animal Oppression & Human Violence by David A. Nibert [2013]

Topic: speciesism, capitalism and war intersections

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color [1981]  Topic: feminism, sexism, racism, classism

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color [1981]

Topic: feminism, sexism, racism, classism

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz [1998]  Topic: whiteness, white supremacy, racism

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz [1998]

Topic: whiteness, white supremacy, racism

Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation by David Nibert [2002]  Topic: animal rights

Animal Rights/Human Rights: Entanglements of Oppression and Liberation by David Nibert [2002]

Topic: animal rights

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights [2018]  Topic: sex worker’s rights, sex work

Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights [2018]

Topic: sex worker’s rights, sex work

Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach by Gary L. Francione & Anna Charlton [2015]  Topic: nonhuman rights, speciesism

Animal Rights: The Abolitionist Approach by Gary L. Francione & Anna Charlton [2015]

Topic: nonhuman rights, speciesism

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin Diangelo [2018]  Topic: racism, white supremacy, white fragility

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin Diangelo [2018]

Topic: racism, white supremacy, white fragility


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