Graduation Year


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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Professor Golub

Reader 2

Professor Roselli

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The lab-grown meat industry is relatively new in the United States, but it has already been politicized. Many people are skeptical of lab-grown meat, but not all hesitation comes from the same place. In this paper, I analyze posts by individuals on the political right online to determine the reasoning for their objection to lab-grown meat. After a review of many different posts, I find that right-wing individuals online are outraged by and resistant to the concept of lab-grown meat because of persistent notions of gender and American tradition associated with the consumption of meat, and due to a perceived threat to society from those on the left of the political spectrum.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.