I am an activist, a writer, a vegan, a feminist, a partner, a parent, and a yoga practitioner. I grew up in a small town in upstate New York during the 1950s and 1960s. I have been involved in issues of social justice since the 1970s. After receiving a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School in 1976, my partner and I started a Hotline for Battered Women in Chautauqua County, New York. For the first eighteen months, it was housed in our home. During that time, I was the executive director of the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Inc., an advocacy and service not-for-profit agency addressing issues of poverty, racism, and sexism. During the next decade, I served as chairperson of the Housing Committee of the New York Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence (1984–1987), coordinated two legal challenges (against a local radio station and against a city) for racism, and I began writing The Sexual Politics of Meat.
Since 1987, I have lived in the Dallas area. I developed a course on “Sexual and Domestic Violence: Theological and Pastoral Concerns,” which I have taught at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. I also authored a book about woman-battering to help ministers. I am particularly interested in the interconnections between forms of violence against human and nonhuman animals, and have written about why woman-batterers harm animals and the implications of their violence. Recently I received awards from The Greater Dallas Coalition for Reproductive Freedom and Planned Parenthood of Dallas and North Texas, “for her help in understanding the psychology of the