Last night I watched a show on Women's Entertainment (WE) called "The Secret Lives of Women." This particular show featured an array of women with "extreme" views and/or lifestyles. One woman was a former gang member turned preacher, one was a former scientologist, one was a hare chrishna, and, drum roll... one was a vegan. Ugh!
I had many thoughts while watching this. First, I was utterly frustrated that a vegan lifestyle was touted as "extreme." The narrator used words like "deprived," "sacrifice," and other crap, which of course promotes the stereotype that vegans are starving hippies, snacking on twigs and berries, and missing out on the wonderful world of taste and flavor. WRONG!!!
Second, why is it that every time a vegan is featured on national television it is some PETA-supporting, obnoxious, in-your-face, oddball?!?!! No offense here, but parading around in a bikini (which is what this particular woman was doing) while protesting KFC isn't exactly my idea of educating people about veganism and the horrible reality of corporate farming. I fail to see how objectifying oneself in an attempt to raise awareness about another's objectification spreads any sort of cohesive message. But my thoughts on PETA and their hypocritical philosphies is whole other blog post entirely!!! Anyway, back to the subject-matter at hand. As a vegan, I am striving every day to educate others about my beliefs, but I refuse to force them upon people. Lead by example, in my opinion, is the best way to bring about change. Screaming in people's faces and pushing your agenda down someone's throat is a turn off, plain and simple, regardless of how passionately you feel about the issue or how right you are to feel angry and pissed off.
What are your thoughts on this?