Ruwanthi’s question

Melson’s “Reaching Across the Divide” among other things, alludes to the ways in which animals (pets, to be more precise) get interpellated into normative, capitalist, heteropatriarchal ways of being. Critics such as michael Cobb have argued about the subversiveness underlying ‘singlehood’ and the ways in which radical singlehood can trouble or perhaps even queer normative heteropatriarchal social structures. In light of this idea, how might pet-owning complicate such seemingly radical ways of being?

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