‘Those vegans’ and nonveganism advocacy
Had to share this advocate’s blog, which speaks so directly about what vegans face and how we are perceived, as well as how non-vegans do in fact make very bold statements each day as well. I admit to being a vegan who treads carefully, knowing that even then I will face backlash and defensiveness from friends and family. This is an excellent post.
There’s a perception of veganism, and of many vegans too, as vociferous and/or challenging. We’ve all seen comments that go, ‘thank goodness you’re not one of ‘those vegans’ and no doubt this is intended as a compliment by those who are not vegan themselves.
This ‘compliment’ sits alongside a nonvegan perception of themselves as passive, just quietly minding their own business, not wanting to be challenged about their ‘choices’ in the same way that they consider themselves to be tolerant of the ‘choices’ of others.
I’ve seen posts shared humbly, even apologetically by vegans, aware they will be viewed by those who aren’t vegan, knowing that they are likely to be subjected to some form of retaliation for disturbing the tranquillity.
And it occurs to me that although not being vegan is the default state for the vast majority of us, it is VERY far from being a passive…
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