When I tell someone I’m vegan, I get one of one of three main responses:
“Oh you’re one of those.”
“Oh, I’m a Republican.”
I can’t help but wonder –WHY?
You don’t get a reaction when you say, “I recycle,” or “I don’t smoke/drink/do drugs,” or even, “I agree with the Libertarians” OK, maybe you would get a bit of a reaction from that announcement.
Somehow, being vegan is offensive. People have a near visceral reaction. Not every vegan is a earth child (read as non-shaving, non-deoderant wearing, patchouli wearing, pot smoking hippy. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things, but it’s just a stereotype)… and yet, tell someone you’re a vegan and they are likely to back away as if somehow they’re going to catch some kind of disease. That or hand you a bar of soap and and a drug test.
At one point in history being a carnivore made sense. We were cave men and women. We couldn’t stay still long enough to cultivate the land what with fighting dinosaurs and woolly mammoths and junk. At least that is my story and I am sticking to it. It was understandable all the way up to the recent past i.e. 19th century; when we were still having issues with horticulture. Our crops depended too much on nature and not enough on us. But we’re not even close to resembling a time like that anymore. So technically speaking, consuming meat is an archaic behavior (or just purely habit, kinda like biting your finger nails). We still slaughter turkeys for Thanksgiving (but thankfully not Native Americans at least not that we know of), when the closest thing we actually need to come to slaughtering is the big bad box of Tofurkey.
But at the heart of it, what the heck does it have to do with anyone else? Regardless of the reason you are vegan or vegetarian, you aren’t forcing them to quit eating meat (Unless you are a militant vegetarian – you know the ones I am talking about, the people that target the meat eaters. Don’t do that, it hurts the cause – my flexitarian husband’s words).
People KNOW that our planets resources are quickly being consumed. People KNOW that we don’t need to continue the killing. People KNOW that we all need to do our part to reduce our ‘footprint.’
Yet somehow we become a target for insults and ignorance.
Also, I’m pretty sure my chesticles are magnetically charged to attract food.
Thoughts? (Not on the last part, that just can’t be fixed)