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The Vegan Men Who Are Becoming the Voices of the Movement

A few years ago, just being male and vegan warranted attention for going against the grain, mainly due to an archaic societal perception that 'real men eat meat'.

SASCHA CAMILLI: ‘A frequently asked question in the world of veganism is: “why are there so few vegan men?” And it’s a legitimate question: the Vegan Society’s 2016 survey showed that only 37% of the UK’s vegans were men. Despite the fact that the term “vegan” was coined by a man – the Vegan Society’s Donald Watson in 1941, vegetarianism and veganism have often been seen as women’s pursuits…

Many long-time vegans credit another man, Peter Singer, and his book Animal Liberation, for their vegan awakening… Admittedly, a few years ago, just being male and openly vegan warranted attention for going against the grain, mainly due to an archaic societal perception that “real men eat meat”, rooted in the outdated notion that you need meat to be strong…

But this has changed, and it continues to change. Recently, the vegan movement has seen more and more male voices raised and heard… By spreading the message far and wide on social media, giving speeches at events and participating in eye-catching protest, these men have taken vegan advocacy to a new level: they’re making compassion cool, not only for the healthy crowd, but for regular, football-watching, video-games-playing, previously-steak-eating men. With their informed and inspiring ways, these men may just be the new voices of the vegan movement’. SOURCE…

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