By Joanna Bourke
In 1872, a girl identified simply as 'An Ernest Englishwoman' released an open letter entitled 'Are ladies animals?', during which she protested the truth that girls weren't handled as totally human. actually, their prestige was once worse than that of animals: rules prohibiting cruelty opposed to canine, horses and livestock have been considerably extra punitive than legislation opposed to cruelty to ladies.
What does it suggest to be 'human' instead of 'animal'? If the Ernest Englishwoman had grew to become her gaze to the former century, her critique may both have utilized to slaves. In her time and past, the controversy round human prestige concerned questions of language, facial body structure, and vegetarianism. If she have been in a position to taking a look a hundred years into the long run, she may have questioned approximately chimeras, created by way of transplanting animal fluids and organs into human our bodies, or the ethics of stem cellphone examine.
In this meticulously researched, wide-ranging and illuminating ebook, Joanna Bourke explores the legacy of greater than centuries, and appears ahead to what the longer term may carry for people and animals.