Are You Comfortable Calling Yourself Vegan? – Episode 048

Let’s just come out and say it. Veganism is stigmatised. Yes even in 2020.

It’s been a while since we became vegan, so we’re a little out of touch. But every now and then, we see the comments.

“Ah, there go those vegans again.”

“Those bloody vegans are everywhere.”

It’s subtle, but it’s there.

We wonder, is this stigma creating a barrier for more people to be vegan? Are people merely not trying a vegan lifestyle on the principle of not being those “people” instead of focusing on the objectively positive reasons to be vegan?

In this episode, we discuss the sometimes detrimental brand of veganism and how it’s potentially hurting the movement.

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9 thoughts on “Are You Comfortable Calling Yourself Vegan? – Episode 048”

  1. Hi there – with reference to your discussion about a vegan cookery programme, in the UK there are two boys who call themselves BOSH! They are vegan and have a TV show called Living on the Veg. Pure plant based menus.

  2. I really enjoyed this podcast.

    Another strand to this that is worth mentioning is the relationship between veganism and wholefood plant-based eating, raw food eating and clean eating, and where it could top over into obsessive eating and orthorexia. I went through a brief anorexic phase when I was younger, and over the years I consciously lost the obsession with healthy food. That ‘interest’ has definitely picked up again since I went vegan, but in what I hope is a more healthy way. Where previously I focused on what I wasn’t eating, I am now appreciating what I am eating. It is like the opposite of restrictive eating, even though I have cut out meat, eggs and dairy.
    It is a weird and fine balance, I think.
    I totally agreed with others’ interest in what I eat as a vegan. On the one hand this is a positive, because they can see it is very varied and interesting. On the other hand, it can feel a little intrusive and so sometimes I bring my work lunch in a tall soup mug for privacy!
    Finally, whilst I can notice areas in which my health has improved, (allergies, immune system especially), I think if I were to get any illness, people might be eager to blame my vegan eating. To be fair, this is mutual: I might be quick to blame their consumption of animal products.

    1. Hi Ali, I’m so glad you enjoyed the episode!
      You make some really interesting points, especially concerning orthorexia. I can see how a plant-based whole foods diet may trigger such behaviour.
      Ha! Yeah, the judgement is undoubtedly both ways when it comes to blaming diets.
      Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.
      Michael

  3. As a new vegan, living in a regional area (I met 3 unrelated female cattle farmers within the last 5 days!) and with no vegan or vegetarian food outlets, I am nervous about calling myself a vegan – especially after hearing local comments after the Melbourne demo last year. So I usually wuss out and say nothing, or else say I’m a vegetarian. The only times I’m brave enough are if I’m talking to a person who has health issues which might be helped by a change in diet, and I say “have you ever thought about going vegan?” But so far I’m not brave enough to mention veganism for ethical reasons…

    1. Hi Aprile, thanks for sharing your experience with us. I’m sure many vegans can relate to what you’re going through. It’s not easy to own veganism when you fear it won’t be received well. I like always to think that every time I tell someone I’m vegan, whether it goes well or not, I’ve created a reference point for the next vegan they interact with. It’s making vegan more “normal” and “common” that motivates me in these interactions. But again, I get it. It’s not easy…
      Have a lovely week, Michael.

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