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Guest Post: My favorite masculine vegan has a pussy



As of late, conversations about masculinity and meat eating have re-emerged, partially in response to John Joseph’s book, Meat Is for Pussies, and also from a segment on NPR about masculinity and veganism. But this conversation has left a lot to be desired from many vegans, especially feminists.

It’s great to see traditional assumptions about masculinity challenged by veganism, but we can do better. I date a butch lesbian vegan who is training for a marathon, lifts weights, is masculine, and has a pussy. Below are five of the most frustrating aspects of the conversation.

1. Hardcore veganism is feminist
The idea that there is a real man or that one type of man is a “pussy”* and another is more masculine is a) homophobic and b) misogynist. There is nothing hardcore about reclaiming traditional patriarchal language and behavior in the name of an ethical movement. And remember: If you aren’t sure how to do better please ask a vegan feminist. We would love to help!

2. Ethical veganism is not a diet or about controlling your body
All people who are vegan eat a plant-based diet and strive to live a compassionate life towards human and non-human animals alike. This extends to varying degrees into all consumer products, as well as different practices one supports. There’s plenty of debate about how veganism extends beyond the plate.

One thing that is not up for debate, however, is that ethical veganism is not about restricting food as a diet or about controlling your body. With the emphasis on proving vegan diets can also provide for the nutritional needs of those who run ultra marathons and body-build, the conversation seems to have become confused. As the NPR segment argues, men are generally the face of this misconception.

3. Veganism doesn’t need to be saved from feminity
A lot of this conversation about masculinity and veganism is people reacting to being bullied for being too feminine or behaving like a girl (or a “pussy”)  for being a vegan. The basic premise that this is something to tolerate or build a defense against is offensive in its own right.

Eating plants is not an inherently feminine behavior, nor is eating meat an inherently masculine behavior. Anything that encourages either side of this argument is essentialist and tired. This is not to say that being treated as an outcast or ostracized for making an ethical choice many people consider weird is not difficult, just that it’s part of the patriarchy, man. Making ethical vegan choices is something to be proud of for no reason other than the inherent virtue of making the right ethical decision, which has nothing to do with your gender.

4. Veganism shouldn’t need a mainstream male stamp of approval to be taken seriously
If you’re going to get media attention for being male and vegan, please say something feminist and mention some of the inspiring feminist vegans who you know and love!

5. Where are my male feminist allies?
It’s very annoying to see instances of misogynistic language promoting veganism get the seal of approval by prominent male vegans. Those in the position to hold the microphone with the most amplification have a responsibility to say something and push our movement to be less homophobic, and more feminist. And if you aren’t sure how, please pass that microphone on to a #feministvegan who does. 

*Similar to queer, the word pussy has been reclaimed by some feminists, probably most notably the feminist Russian punk band Pussy Riot. Read more about that here. 

Jamie J. Hagen is a Boston-based writer who writes about feminism, feminist security studies, and LGBTQ politics for such publications as Rolling Stone, Autostraddle and RH Reality Check. She tweets @jamiejhagen and you can visit jamiejhagen.com for more of her work.

Photo via The Animal Blog

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Anonymous asked:
So, I work 7 days a week, 8 hours a day minimum. And I am taking classes. I really struggle with food, because I WANT to be vegan, I know I NEED to be vegan, but I am also exhausted and can't motivate myself to cook complicated foods or eat really bland boring food. I know being vegetarian I am still contributing to violent industries. Do you have any advice on easy, 6 ingredient or less vegan meals I can make?


There’s lots of stuff, really. Off the top of my head, here’s a list of some of the foods I like to make that don’t take too much time or ingredients:

Hot & Sour Noodle Soup
-noodles (udon, lo mein/ramen, or just plain spaghetti)
-soy sauce
-vinegar (rice, white, or cider)
-spices (red pepper, ginger, garlic, onion)

Poverty-style Thai Peanut Noodles
-noodles (lo mein/ramen, or spaghetti)
-tofu, tempeh, or seitan
-peanut butter
-soy sauce
-soy/almond/coconut milk
-spices (ginger, garlic, onion, red pepper)
(optional: just toss in whatever veggies are lying around)

-literally anything you want wrapped in a tortilla

Tortilla Pizza
-large tortilla
-sauce (tomato, barbecue, balsamic vinegarette)
(optional: nutritional yeast, Tofutti cream cheese, Daiya cheese [that last can be kind of expensive, though])

Sweet Chili Doritos Nachos
-sweet chili Doritos (duh)
-refried beans (vegetarian or fat free, because otherwise there’s lard)
-just… whatever nacho-appropriate veggies you want.. i dunno
-salsa/hot sauce/taco sauce
(optional: Tofutti sour cream, nutritional yeast, Daiya)

Baked Tater Tot Nachos
-tater tots
-pretty much the same as above
(bake tots in oven about ten minutes, add toppings, bake again)

Potato Soup
-potato flakes/mashed potato mix (to thicken the soup)
-soy/almond/coconut milk
-oil (olive, sunflower, vegetable, or vegan butter)
-spices (garlic, onion, rosemary, parsley, thyme)
(optional: try throwing in other stuff too, like corn or mushrooms)

-soy/almond/coconut milk
-curry spices
-tofu, seitan, or tempeh
-bell peppers
(optional: potatoes, tomatoes, beans, cilantro, spinach)

And here’s some additional resources: 
30 Minute Vegan Meals
20 Minute Vegan Meals
10 Minute Vegan Meals
5 Minute Vegan Meals
5 Minute Vegan Meals (video)

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