089 Is “Vegan-Shaming” the New Fat-Shaming? (Spoiler Alert: NO)
After reading an article on this topic, the Princesses were inspired to talk about the concept of “vegan-shaming,” the complexities of wanting people to change at their own pace but also being acutely aware that lives are on the line, and the appropriation of the term fat-shaming.
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Callie read an opinion piece posted on The State Press titled, “Vegan-shaming is the new fat-shaming” and wanted to talk about this concept on air.
Both of the girls struggle with thinking that people should have choices over what they do with their bodies, and also thinking that eating animals is murder and shouldn’t be”ok” ever. How do we reconcile with this in how we approach our activism?
Nichole rails about the appropriation of “fat-shaming,” which is a tool of oppression, being compared to shaming carnists as a method of activism to try to dismantle a system of oppression. Callie chimes in that fat-shaming isn’t exactly a thing of the past, so saying something is the new fat-shaming is pretty fucking offensive and dismissive of the experiences of people who experience fat-shaming in their lives.
Also, the “vegan-shaming” in this article is a misnomer, it really should be “carnist-shaming” or something similar.
Links and Information
- The U.S. Government Votes to Slaughter Wild Horses to Make Room for Cattle (Inhabitat)
- UPDATE: After uproar, U.S. government says does not plan to kill wild horses (MSN)
- California Bans Orca Captivity And Breeding (Huffington Post)