Another wonderful post about my vegan send off. People seem upset, almost as if I nailed my resignation to the door of a church or something. Suddenly, I’m a monster (you know, because I came to know The Truth and turned my back on The Way). But I was always a fan of the monstrous. Anyway…
So you have the luxury of being “every-other-issue-but-veganism”? I didn’t think intersectionality was about creating detours and roadblocks because one liked to take the scenic route now and again. I thought intersectionality was about removing obstacles, taking on more causes and not less, adding instead of subtracting, expanding ethical praxis rather than selectively contracting it to fit a theory or a desire to eat flesh, rationalized ex post facto.
Why move one step forward and one step back? There are bloggers here that have gone beyond vegan to, say, raw veganism. That’s ‘beyond vegan’. But going beyond vegan by eating nonhuman animals is like going beyond liberal by voting Republican.
Is it a luxury to be “every-other-issue-but-veganism”? I don’t really care. Veganism was never one of my issues. I never gave two shits about vegans. I was vegan because I once believed it was the only way to fight speciesism. I stopped believing that long before I stopped following an explicitly vegan diet.
Vegans have got to stop conflating veganism with speciesism. The veganism should never have been one of the issues I was fighting for. Vegangelicals make me nervous.
My intersectional processes sometimes enjoy taking scenic routes, especially when those routes give me time and things to think about. I never concieved of intersectionality as an act. It is a description of the world as it appears to be–interconnected and interdependent. It certainly does not mean that there is one path.
Perhaps it is impossible for an orthodox vegan to see, but eating flesh does not preclude any expansion of ethical praxis. I can’t believe folks think theory came after the act for me… I’ve been imagining non-vegan, post-vegan, and alterna-vegan modes of ethical praxis for years. It was just time for me to step foward and create new avenues, because no one else seemed willing to.
One Step Forward
I’m not a believer in progress. That narrative hasn’t sounded believable to me for a long time. So it is hard for me to take seriously anon’s position
Why move one step forward and one step back? There are bloggers here that have gone beyond vegan to, say, raw veganism. That’s ‘beyond vegan’.
I don’t think I’m walking a step backwards or forwards. I’m walking, running, dancing all over the place.
But to anon there is a line, obviously, an ethical evolution. From omnivore to vegetarian to vegan to raw (or fruitarian or anyother diets that are vegan-but-more). If that’s the case then to eat flesh after being vegan is an abomination, a regression, a moral crippling. For this mindset to go “beyond veganism” can only consist of progressing on the line, to go raw, etc.
I’ve been a raw foodist. I’ve flirted with fruitarianism. They were interesting, and I certainly felt more pure. But I’m not interested in purity.
I don’t see myself as walking forward or backwards. I’m taking steps forward, back, left, right, up, down, and every which way, because standing still wasn’t solving anything.
But going beyond vegan by eating nonhuman animals is like going beyond liberal by voting Republican.
I just have to say to everyone that doesn’t subscribe to political liberalism–that is to those of us who are libertarians, communists, anarchists, fascists, monarchists, or true-blue conservatives that is a nonsensical example. Republicans and Democrats both subscribe to political-economic liberalism.
But since I know what anon was trying to say: sometimes conservative thought and action is exactly what an individual needs to move beyond liberalism in whichever direction they want to move beyond.
I don’t think a political intersectionality that seeks to create a better world requires an every-issue-including-veganism. Vegans aren’t oppressed. Animals are. I’m against cages, against slavery, against abuse. I’m for freedom, for partnerships, and for care.