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Note: this post was originally scheduled for Mother's Day, but time got away from me (as it often does these days) and since there are plenty of folk who are fathering their father, I thought I'd publish it now... Demean.... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
And thanks for commenting Helen Mae! Also, sorry for the ridiculously late reply. Yes, other animals are incredibly intelligent and adorable and full of personality. Makes you wonder how humans just aren't smart enough to see that. One day! :)
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Hi Krissa, I know how you feel. I actually first heard rumblings of this as a new vegan nearly ten years ago, but had a hard time believing it too. I mean, veganism was supposed to be about compassion and justice, and fighting isms that oppress nonhuman animals just as those isms oppress (as veganelder said above), those who look more like us. But sadly, paying lip service to those ideals sometimes means diddly squat. And I guess we shouldn't be too shocked because the forms of harming are so deep-seated and so endemic within human society that it would be naive to think animal rights activists exempt. I guess the good news though is that the time seems ripe for a more honest self-examination (or forced scrutiny by others) of both members and the vegan movement itself. As for names, I won't state it here publicly, but will pass on to you privately the one name I definitely heard more than once. :( Talk to you next year!
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You're welcome, and yes, I agree with your conclusions. And as a wise blogger recently said, "Many people (mostly we white-skinned ones) seem to have a real problem with understanding that harmers don't get to say when the harming is over...that power belongs to those being harmed." Happy New Year to you. May 2018 be better for everyone.
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If you only have time to read one more post, please make it: Only You Can Stop Men who Hurt Women from also Harming Animals. Timely, thoughtful, disheartening, but illuminating and helpful, Vine Sanctuary's recent entry deserves wide circulation. Thank... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
They're a ray of hope indeed. Will try to post again in December at least once, but ain't promising nuthin', snort.
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Okay, that isn't his real name (it's just Cornelius -- or Corno/Corny for short), but I'm hoping he'll prove to be as wonderful an ambassador for turkeys as Esther the Wonder Pig has been for pigs. Because it's that time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
Hi Ashley, an extremely belated thank you for your kind words. The last two months have been a bit of an uphill climb for me (ha ha), but I hope to post a wee post (postlet?) before the month is out...
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Thanks so much Ashley! Yep, we human animals love to label and classify. And even though veganism is all about compassion (and justice), we vegans sure can be awfully hard on each other. To the point that we sometimes "other" fellow vegans who don't share the same labels or points of view even more so than some meat-eaters "other" us. Meanwhile, the gazillions of animals used and abused don't give a damn what labels we use. It's our actions that count.
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And thank you for your visit and comment Ashley! Gave me the chance to reread this post from almost a year ago (where does the time go?), and while I'm happy to report that I'm still hill climbing (there's one close to where I moved), writing hasn't fared so well. Really need to refocus, and put it back on the front burner instead of letting it lapse at the back. Oh, and I'll check out your post. Oops, I'll fix the link as well. :) p.s. I agree with your advice not to be too harsh on yourself, and would maybe add to not be too harsh on other vegans either, snort.
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Hi veganelder, sorry for the late reply. Ha ha, bumfuzzled. Not a word I'd heard before, but I like it! What you say makes sense indeed. Language is almost never neutral, and yes, power is an excellent and crucial tool for analyzing almost anything. As you say, power (and those who have it) determine, among many things, what words are given credence or not. Look how long it took, for example, for a prefix to exist that didn't denote a woman's marital status. Marital rape is still considered an oxymoron by some, and if you want to get a defensive reaction, just use the term white privilege in a predominantly white group. Yes. Asking who has the power is invaluable when looking at what words or terms are used or not, what beings are valued, whom institutions and governments really serve, and what kind of society we actually live in. Thanks veganelder.
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You're welcome, and thanks. :) I had to laugh though, because when I reread the paragraph I realized that one sentence didn't even make sense. Changed the phrase "without impunity" to "without fear of punishment" because even though the phrase usually used is with impunity (so much for proofreading, ha ha), in this case most instances of harming animals are not generally punishable offences and therefore "with impunity" doesn't actually apply. But yeah, animal hating is so normalized that we don't think of it as such, just like we don't identify woman hating when it happens. And I'm sure there are those (vegans included) who would argue that it's not hatred as much as it is being oblivious, but I find it interesting how the term animal-lover is said so easily and so frequently that it has basically lost all meaning. Maybe we should ask those who use it exactly what they mean when they say it, what specific animals they love, and in what context. And even though animal-hater might me too strong or perhaps not always accurate, I think if people used the terms animal-hater and woman-hater when it clearly does apply, the shock value might jolt some folk into thinking a bit more.
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Came across a passage in a book recently (I read daily no matter what else is going on in my life) lamenting how we don't have a real word for men who kill women, whereas the term "man-hater" is used... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
Hi veganelder, it's busy and a bit chaotic, but going well enough otherwise. The vacant units have been filled so the house itself is safe, but they've now decided that the two old and huge trees in between the buildings (you can see one of them in the top pic to the left) are unsafe (bullcrap) and will be cut down. Bastards! At the moment I'm moving all my online shop stuff to the new residence, but am not giving notice yet as things are still somewhat up in the air with the other place. It'll be a slow transition for sure...
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Hi Krissa, yeah, the whole thing is maddening. And I'm sure our old landlord knew the prospective buyers were the owners next door, so that makes it worse. Clearly OUR house is not top priority for our new landlords, so I don't trust them one bit. They seem in no rush to fill the three vacant units in our building (four when I move) with new tenants either, so I wouldn't be surprised if they have other nefarious plans for this place. Such a shame.
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Hi Debra, thank you. And yes, got the notice about the rebranding. Was one of your readers who tried to help out by commenting on the test post, but enough other fans beat me to it. ;)
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Hello peeps! Just wanted to let you know that this blog will continue to be inactive for a while as I'm likely moving* this spring. It's a daunting prospect, but exciting too. See you when I get back! Oh, here's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
My pleasure. :)
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Hi Krissa, if you click on his name in the quote, it'll bring you to one of his writings. Also, you can check out two other articles below: http://www.directactioneverywhere.com/theliberationist/2015/1/19/appropriation-and-animal-rights-the-intersectional-activist http://www.sistahvegan.com/2015/12/28/the-prop-of-black-people-in-white-self-perceptions-revisiting-the-slavery-comparison-guest-post-christopher-sebastian-mcjetters/ While it can be tempting to make blanket statements equating speciesism with racism, sexism, and other isms, vegans have to be careful not to dismiss nuances and complexities, and not to appropriate the struggles of groups we're referencing. We have to make sure that our fight is against oppression itself, and not just a certain target group of that oppression. Vegans, who for example, state that it's just about the animals for them and that they don't care about people, are not challenging oppression itself, just the choice of particular target group of non-human animals. Just recently, a vegan actor won an Oscar. Pretty cool, but unfortunately, that individual has a record of being blatantly sexist. Not only were they accused of sexual harassment a few years ago (the case, though completely credible, was settled out of court), one of the allegations that struck me as particularly interesting is that they routinely referred to women as cows. I mean, seriously? Not saying that there's anything wrong with cows, but it was clearly meant as a term of insult to the women who were harassed, and as the user of the term is vegan, illustrates a lack of respect for cows as well. It's a good example of how one can can appear to be concerned about one group of beings, but not be against using power as a tool of dominance overall. And that's what the intersectional approach is all about -- concern with oppression at its root, not just particular forms or groups. I agree with veganelder above that vegans who have intimate knowledge of the oppressions that we talk about are the best ones to teach those of us who don't have that first-hand knowledge. And I think we have to be much more careful in listening to them. From the second link above Christopher-Sebastian McJetters has three great tips when talking about speciesism, racism and other forms of oppression: "1.) Stop being too liberal with how we apply such incendiary language, and learn to employ better sensitivity and discernment when approaching these discussions. 2.) Amplify the voices of marginalized people who talk about these issues themselves instead of appropriating their histories or experiences to further our agendas. Noble though your intentions may be, what does it say about your activism if you need to say incendiary things when you don’t have those experiences? 3.) Make an attempt to understand how layered oppressions impact different groups to maximize our impact and build a broader, more inclusive community." Veganism isn't half as simple or cut and dried as I first thought eight years ago, and maybe that's not a bad thing. :)
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What we do to animals is an extension of what we do to other humans. This includes colonizing their lands, wrongfully incarcerating them, stealing their reproductive autonomy, commodifying them and killing them. Animal exploitation is the bedrock of imperialist white... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
Ah, the classics! Two of my all-time favourite shows though are both British (Waiting for God, and One Foot in the Grave), and feature older main characters who are cantankerous, rude, bossy, atheist, prone to pessimism, stubborn, opinionated, and with their own particular world-view. Gosh, wonder why I can relate? They're great characters (sassy, but smart and funny as hell), and I sure wish there were more of them.
Toggle Commented Feb 15, 2017 on wham! bam! kapow! at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
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Hi veganelder, thanks for the encouragement. Yes, each life saved is still a life of importance, and that's something we have to remember even if we feel we're not doing enough. And sadly, I agree that things are going to get worse, perhaps far worse, before they get better. If they can get better, as it seems to me that American democracy is in real peril. Scary times.
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Is pretty much how I feel the year has started: Jan 1: spouse of sibling leaves sibling without notice and asks for separation Jan 2: back to work to an outbreak that lasted for more than three weeks Jan 3:... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan
Hi Krissa, oh definitely, will never give up the fight for ALL animals. May have to fight a bit harder, or even change strategies, but the fight itself will go on regardless of who's in power. :)
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Can you believe 2017's here? At the beginning of each new year I like to start with an encouraging/optimistic post, and my favourite of that kind is one I sometimes feel could be reused every year. This year, however, no... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at So I'm Thinking Of Going Vegan