Abolitionist Vegan, Feminist, Social Critic.

I used to be one to say, "somebody should do something about that." Then I realized that I am somebody.

Sep 22

Anonymous said: do you have any tattoos?


Nope :( I really really want the vegan symbol tattooed on my wrist though

I thought I wanted the same thing so I bought some henna and gave myself a temporary version that lasted a few weeks. I realized in that time that I didn’t want a tattoo on my wrist at all! I didn’t like seeing “something” on me all the time. I prefer tattoos not on my arms.

I recommend the henna idea to anyone considering getting a tattoo, especially a first one :)

Sep 21

"Fish think. They feel pain. They suffer. And this matters.

Regrettably, too many of us, even animal lovers, fail to think so. Inversely related to the rapid rate of our discovery of fish intelligence is our willingness to accept the results. It’s hard for humans to entertain the prospect of fish sentience. Not only do fish hide under water, but when we do have a chance to encounter them, or maybe even interact with them, it’s usually while they flop on a deck with a hook in their mouths or do endless laps around a fish tank. Under these circumstances—well, under any circumstances actually—we lack the opportunity to do something essential for connecting empathetically with fish: look them in the eyes as assess their emotions.

Walleyed and lacking eyebrows, fish—who did not evolve in mutual interaction with humans—do not behave towards humans in ways that incline us to responsibly anthropomorphize them into creatures with recognizable feelings. This necessary failure to see eye-to-eye stands in sharp contrast to dogs, animals who anthropologists theorize may have evolved eyebrows for the sole purpose of making advantageous emotional connections to the humans who have generally nurtured them and, with rare exception, have decided not to eat them, in part, because of those sweet, expressive eyes. Fish “teddy bears,” you may have noticed, aren’t so popular.”

There is nothing more elitist than putting one’s palate pleasure over the life of another sentient being. Like it or not, every time that we consume the flesh or secretions of an animal, we are saying that our pleasure, habit, convenience or tradition is more important than their suffering.

We do not require animal products to live. This means that the decision to eat meat, dairy or eggs, is an unnecessary imposition of violence and death on animals who want to live.

professorscrambles said: I finally met another Veg*n person in my age group! He is a vegetarian, unfortunately he really doesn't like to talk about it. I was surprised because he's a male and most vegans are female. So question: why are there so few male veg*ns like us?


I actually have no idea why that is. Does anyone know?

Veganomics by Nick Cooney has a whole chapter on gender and veg*nism. Apparently, the gender gap is huge in vegetarians, but closes in substantially with vegans. My guess is that this is because vegetarianism is often pursued as a “diet,” which women are more prone to pursue, but when it comes to an ethical position like veganism we’re more equally concerned.

[He uses ‘vegetarian’ to refer to both vegetarians and vegans.]

Differences between men and women on attitudes concerning animals and veg*nism:

“Studies conducted throughout Europe and the English-speaking world consistently show women to hold more pro-animal and pro-vegetarian attitudes than men. Women are more likely than men to: believe that being vegetarian animals; have trouble separating meat from the image of the living animal; be health-conscious; think vegetarianism is cool; have a favourable view of vegetarians and vegans; believe that using animals cannot be morally justified; be disgusted by meat; believe that food should be produced in ways that minimize animal suffering; say they’ve altered their eating patterns for ethical or animal welfare reasons; express generally pro-animal attitudes; care for companion animals; oppose animal research; engage in grassroots animal advocacy; call a dissection choice hotline; go to animal-oriented summer camp; and join an animal protection organization.”

“Women are less likely than men to believe that humans were made to eat meat, to believe that a healthful diet needs to include meat, to have pro-meat attitudes such as ‘I feel fit after eating meat,’ and to view the world in dog-eat-dog terms.”

What might account for these differences?

“For one thing, women and men [have been shown to] have different values. One study showed that if you look at women and men who share the same values, women are only slightly morel likely to be vegetarian. How do men’s and women’s values differ when its comes to vegetarian eating? […] Women care much more about animals and animal welfare. They’re also more likely to care about their health and weight, to know about nutrition, and to hunk a vegetarian diet is healthy. Men are more likely to cite health as a reason to eat meat than as a reason to avoid it.”

“Another factor is that meat-eating is seen as a masculine activity. Studies have shown that both vegetarians and omnivores think vegetarian men are less masculine than meat-eating men. Some men will avoid anything that makes them look or feel less masculine. The more they value their perceived masculinity, the less likely they are to make a switch. One study of middle-aged men found that carpenters, who may be considered stereotypically masculine, both favoured meat and embraced masculine ideals more than engineers (who may be thought of as less stereotypically masculine).”

“Another study revealed that people who endorsed masculine values - whether men or women - were more likely to eat beef, pork, and chicken, and less likely to eat vegetarian meals. These masculine values included the beliefs that men should not show pain and that they should be emotionally restricted, athletic, and dominant.”

The last point is by far the most interesting to me because it shows that embracing stereotypical “masculine” values is what is connected with eating meat, regardless of one’s own gender. This is one central way that veganism and feminism intersect. Patriarchy produces the harsh gender binary and values the masculine side of this binary. This same value system validates dominating and consuming animals. Overcoming the psychology of dominance, violence, alienation from our emotional life, etc. is required to end patriarchy and carnism.

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