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IF I SEE “CONSENT IS SEXY” ONE MORE TIME I AM GOING TO SCREAM. CONSENT IS NOT SEXY, CONSENT IS FUCKING MANDATORY. STOP TRYING TO MARKET THIS IN A WAY THAT DOESN’T DISPLAY HOW FUCKING MANDATORY IT IS TO HAVE CONSENT. IT IS NOT A PLUS. A PERK. A THING THAT DESERVES A COOKIE. IT. IS. FUCKING. MANDATORY.
Yule greeting card will be on sale in my store today. 12.00 noon. (sorry for the late notice)
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These are just a couple things I have been thinking about recently and will be applying to my own activism.
Not only is it a false title, but using the term is just setting yourself up for disaster. We, as vegans, aren’t cruelty free we are cruelty lite. Veganism is a completely necessary step in the direction to being as cruelty free as possible (this is not up for debate so save your feigned concern for migrant workers for someone else non vegans) but it it is not 100% cruelty free. I’m no longer using this term.
I need to stop talking about veganism as an act of compassion. In comparrison to the alternatives (carnism, vegaterianism, pescaterianism and what ever other terms all those meat eaters in denial want to call themselves) then yes, I guess you could argue that veganism is compassionate, but really, having the oppurtunity to kill an animal (or have one killed for you) but chosing not to do so isn’t a compassionate act, it is just the not shitty thing to do. It’s like walking up to a cat and saying ” I can kill this cat, many other people do kill cats but I am choosing not to” and then hailing myself compassionate for it, which is completely ridiculous and self congratulatory.
So veganism is compassionate in the same way that not shitting on your neighbours doorstep is neighbourly.
Veganism benifits humans (will probably get shit for this one)
A selling point for feminism shouldn’t have to be how it benifits males
A selling point for anti racism activism shouldn’t have to be how white people can benifit from it.
A selling point for veganism shouldn’t have to be about how it can benifit humans.
Most of the time I see anything like this being discussed is when non vegans jump in to conversations with their bullshit feigned concern for migrant workers (but mention the people exploited in the meat industry and they go quiet) and when they are blaming the faults in capitalism on veganism.
I believe that speaking about the way veganism can benifit humans only reinforces the completely anthropocentric notion that for anything to have merit it must benifit humans. And ultimately, it shouldn’t matter if it benifits humans or not because veganism is and always will be first and formost about what we owe to non human animals. So while it is awesome that veganism can benifit humans, I will not be using that as a selling point for veganism anymore.
So yeah thats basically it. Comments? Questions?
reminder: the internet is real life
- things you say here matter
- things you say here are being read by real people with real lives and real feelings
- you can support and utilize and manifest hegemonic systems of oppression with what you say here
- getting called out for saying something fucked up and responding with “puh-leeze, this is tumblr, not real life” is fucking bullshit and stop