Vegans of Color

Because we don’t have the luxury of being single-issue

Veganism’s Feeling a Little Small August 3, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Royce @ 1:15 pm
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**This post is about me wanting a new more encompassing name for my diet**

All my posts, and the wonderful comments that follow, get me thinking harder about my veganism than I ever truly had before. But now I’m wondering about leaving my veganism behind, and I don’t mean going back to being an omnivore.

I really like words, and names, and labels, and identities. Not that I enjoy creating a heirarchy of terms, I just like having a name for what I do. I remember being overjoyed when I found out what I was doing back in 8th grade was called veganism. And though I haven’t constantly been doing veganism for the 7 years since then (I have slipped into omnivorism, freeganism, meaganism, and lacto-ovo vegetarianism at various times) vegan has been a huge part of my identity.

But now veganism feels a little too small; like an old sweater that shrank in the wash. See my problem is that veganism is too small for me. My veganism needs to be anti-racist, decolonial, feminist(womanist), anti-capitalist,horizontal, queer, and green, along with anti-speciesist. And it seems some might think that I’m stretching veganism too much, making it too big, too hard. But my mind and my stomach recognize the the interconnetedness.

And thats why I really wish I could think of a new label (see I prefer womanism to feminism, and horizontalism to anarchism). I’ll keep using vegan for now, at least till someone comes up with a better name for a more encompassing diet. a diet I imagine being more dynamic, constantly changing, and always asking questions.

 

5 Responses to “Veganism’s Feeling a Little Small”

  1. Secundra Beasley Says:

    I’ll keep using vegan for now, at least till someone comes up with a better name for a more encompassing diet. a diet I imagine being more dynamic, constantly changing, and always asking questions.

    Keep experimenting. Define who you are. Do not let someone make it up for you. Once you find a term, throw it away and be you without the term. Living it is better then defining it.

    Best,
    S.

  2. supernovadiva Says:

    i just call myself a peace activist. that seems to have an umbrella effect in my mind. i wanted my life to address the same issues you mentioned.

  3. Meep Says:

    I can’t see veg*n as being a signifier by itself. It’s something you do, not something you are, and everyone does it for different reasons (though they tend to correlate). I suppose that diva’s label of peace activist is more fitting, personally. It reminds me of the man I met in DC who told us about the importance of teaching peace to young people, and one of the last things he said was about being veg*n, because how could he educate people about peace when his own habits were not peaceful?

    That always stuck with me. That, and his bike riding.

  4. Royce Drake Says:

    meep

    I see veganism as a signifier of what I do. But since the word is only useful in telling other people what I do I find it limiting, because when I tell someone I’m vegan the other ideals I strive for in my consumption are not often seen, because what a vegan does is already coded in a certain way. But I also understand that labels aren’t the end all– I’m just a sucker for labeling/naming.

  5. tess Says:

    I think it’s called being cool!


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