“Real men eat meat.
It’s a phrase that many of us are totally over hearing, myself included.
According to a new piece in the Daily Mail, “Psychologist Margaret Thomas, from Earlham College, Indiana, conducted a four-part study to understand how people perceive vegetarianism, a diet foregoing meat, and veganism, a diet foregoing meat as well as other animal products including eggs and dairy.
While the study found that vegetarian men are no longer seen as less masculine, vegans are still considered “wimpy.
Very often, masculinity is connected to power and strength in our society. By valuing meat eating as a masculine activity, we devalue not only men who are vegan, but also the animals whose bodies are dominated and then eaten by humans.
Equating masculinity with meat eating both offends many and celebrates violence against animals.
The truth is simply that some people eat meat and some don’t. Some people are vegan and some aren’t (yet).
But if we truly care about animals, the environment, and our own health, we can all make the powerful decision to leave animals off the menu.
Click here for tips on making the transition to a healthy and compassionate vegan diet.