watching an increasing number of teen girls become vegetarians/vegans while living at the school i work at, i’ve become concerned about how the vegetarian/vegan activism seems specifically designed to target women. it is firstly a rhetoric of guilt, and women are socialized our whole lives to feel guilt and to take on burdens, to bear responsibility and become martyrs for others. vegan/vegetarian activism plays right into this: women are perfectly primed to feel guilt about consuming animals, and to feel like they are properly prostrating themselves by resisting meat
secondly, that women are socialized to view eating as an indulgence and their bodies as something that must be denied, made smaller, minimized. disordered eating is so common in women as to be almost universal, and girls who already try to go as long as possible without eating, to eat as little as possible when they do, are going to be especially susceptible to the vegan/vegetarian rhetoric that says eating meat is an indulgence, that eating meat is selfish and not something the body really needs–exactly what women already think about food–that it isn’t something they really need, that their body wants these things and if they are strong, they will deny it.
the school does not have good vegetarian options (and of course, precious few things for vegans) and they still choose to become vegetarian/vegan in the middle of term, knowing this. they choose because they already wish to eat less, they say it’s about “getting healthy” or because “the food’s so bad anyway’s so what difference does it make.” they choose because it feels good to be validated in what you’ve always suspected–that your body doesn’t deserve to feel full, that you’d be happier if you had more willpower, that your body is wrong and if only you could finally make this change, you’d be worthy.
these girls’ health is at stake. i see lots of radfem proselytizing about veganism/vegetarianism, and very little discourse about how veganism can harm girls’ health, exactly during a time in life when their body needs adequate nutrition the most. yes, yes, you’ll say veganism can be healthy if you do it properly. but the majority of people don’t have the time/money/resources to do it properly. these girls eating nothing but white rice for dinner are not doing it properly. but the vegan activist still congratulates them on their moral superiority, and says well, at least no animals had to die.
women are more important than animals. women’s health is more important than animals. how many teen girls using veganism as an excuse to punish their bodies does it take before we’re allowed to admit that.
People are living on top of each other yet 45% of the earth’s total land mass is dedicated to animal agriculture.
We currently have enough food to feed 10 billion people, but we live in a world where 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and then the meat is consumed by wealthier countries.
we are struggling to feed a population yet 1.5 acres of land can provide 37,000 pounds of plant based food.
1.5 acres of land can produce 375 pounds of meat.
¾ of the world’s fisheries are depleted. Scientists estimate we may have a fishless ocean by 2048
Does anybody else see a problem with this?
Be a conscious consumer.
This site is a cancerous percolating stew of dog guts. Examples:
-people who have convinced themselves that shoplifting $500 of makeup is justified
-people who think they’re literally dragons
-people who think white people should all die
-people who think obesity is healthy
-people who would kill each other over headcanons
-people who think meat-eaters are the creation of fucking lucifer
-“witches” who think reading about spells online and buying bath bombs is actual Paganism
-people who think eating disorders are fat-shaming
But the scariest thing is that all these people think that we must conform to their beliefs or we’re considered oppressive.
slaughtered, raped, confined, mutilated, tortured and exploited innocent beings because 99% of animals come from factory farms with little to no rules for “animal welfare” and there is no such thing as humane slaughter anyway - also it’s not a mutually beneficial relationship if one party is killed to serve the other for profit
and he was one of the main contributors to green house gas emissions, rainforest deforestation, fresh water usage, grain usage, water pollution, species extinction, ocean dead zones and waste production
I’m poor. B12 and vitamin D deficiency runs in my family, as well as anemia. I have multiple allergies, PCOS, and depression/anxiety. I’m basically a walking poster-child for all the “why people can’t be vegan” excuses.
I’ve been vegan since 2005. I just went to my PCP and she said I was healthy. Stop using my real problems as your hypotheticals. You clearly don’t care about me, or people like me, and just want a half-assed excuse to shit on veganism.
I am a cashier in a grocery store and I can tell you that meat is so much more expensive than plant foods, even chicken. One man filled the conveyor belt with only meat and the price came up to over $900. Another time, a lady filled the conveyor belt with nothing but fresh produce and the price was under $60. Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, pastas, beans, rice, cereals, breads, etc. are staple foods that are vegan.
You know what happened when you go vegan? You SAVE money. Even if you’re limited to fast food, you can get Taco Bell instead of Mcdonald’s and substitute beans for meat and ask for no cheese. You don’t need to buy frozen microwave vegan dinners or Tofurky or Vegenaise or any other product that is specifically marketed for vegans in order to be vegan. Even if you can’t afford almond milk you can easily make your own!
I eat on $25 a week. I eat vegan. I am healthy. My blood test results are perfect. I have more energy than I ever did before being vegan. I am motivated to exercise. And I don’t need to spend as much as a vegan to get the same amount of food as I used to get.
You can do it.
And if anyone needs help affording an ethical diet, visit my inbox because I have answers.
Veganism means doing the best you can in the situation you’re in to avoid animal exploitation and abuse.
It is not true that “some people can’t be vegan” - anyone can decide to minimize their support of animal exploitation to the best of their ability.
Some people just can’t do as much as others can. Veganism means understanding that non-humans aren’t property and living in accordance with that belief as well as you can in this world that enslaves and kills them by the billions.
So if you feel you cannot go “fully vegan” at the moment - you don’t have to side with the anti-vegans. Their screaming “not everyone can go vegan” at every fucking opportunity does not mean they’re worried about you, about us making you feel bad - they fucking love the fact that you can’t go “fully vegan”, because then they can use you as an “aha! what about them?”. An excuse for them not to do anything at all. Not because they can’t, but because they can’t be bothered.
They’re deciding for you what you can or can’t do, and they’re deciding for us that we won’t find it good enough. That’s a lie. You come here and I’ll stick the Official 100% Certified Vegan sticker on your forehead. Talk to other vegans who are struggling because of their mental health, their ED’s, their financial situation, family problems, etc. and I assure you you will learn enough from them to be able to do even more than you expected.
In a vegan world, there would be other options for you available, and it’s not your fault that this current hellhole doesn’t offer them. Please don’t do nothing just because you can’t do everything.