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Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Among the New York Times Sunday Magazine's year in ideas was this, vegansexuality.

An excerpt:
"In a study released in May, Annie Potts, a researcher at the University of Canterbury and a director of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, surveyed 157 vegans and vegetarians (120 of them women) on the topic of cruelty-free living. The questions ranged from attitudes about eating meat to keeping pets to wearing possum fur to, yes, “cruelty-free sex” — that is, “rejecting meat eaters as intimate partners.”

One survey respondent explained, “I couldn’t think of kissing lips that allow dead animal pieces to pass between them,” while others said that vegans simply smell better.

I have little personal understanding of this, since for a few years of my relationship, I ate meat and my boyfriend did not. But if I ever was to seek out another partner, I don't think I would really consider meat eating to be deal-breaker.

How do you feel about this? If you're a vegetarian or vegan, does it bother you (or would it, hypothetically) if your partner did not follow the same rules? And do vegans really smell better?

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Blogger Colin The Great said...

Being vegan, or even vegetarian, represents a choice made to improve not just one's own health, but the health of all living things on the planet. While in reality this choice is a boon, in many ways, choosing to be vegan or vegetarian can also represent a sacrifice. You'd be hard pressed to find a vegan that won't admit that cheese tastes good, however, vegans are willing to forgo the tastefulness of cheese for the greater good; hence, the sacrifice. Obviously, the benefits of a vegan diet far outweigh any drawbacks, but that doesn't mean the drawbacks don't exist. To be a vegan, or even a vegetarian, and date a person that eats animal flesh, is at best mildly annoying, and at worst, completely obnoxious. It takes a high degree of intelligence, as well as moral ascendancy, to reduce or eliminate animal products from your life; while it may be possible to casually date a person that does not share those characteristics, I think it is unlikely that any vegan or vegetarian could have a meaningful relationship with someone that indulges in the flesh of dead animals.

January 05, 2008 9:51 PM 

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