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FIRST PERSON | When I was vegan, I kept my choices mostly to myself,
but I was pretty open about one opinion: Militant vegans are the worst
enemies of veganism. Notorious groups like PETA and the seemingly
ubiquitous "preachy vegan" seem to be everywhere, and they, of course,
get a lot more attention than the many vegans who just don't talk that
much about their diets. Nothing hammered that opinion in more than
seeing myself on a website called "The Vegan Sellout List," which is
very rapidly gaining popularity among the militant-vegan crowd.
The Vegan Sellout List features my name, photo, city, and state, and
calls me an "Ethical vegan turned unethical carnivore." Linking to an
article I wrote five years ago, titled "My Recovery from Veganism" --
in which I express full support of vegan lifestyles but explain that
veganism became something of an eating disorder for me and made me
very ill -- the Vegan Sellout List offers the following "shameful"
information about me: "Craved cow flesh during her pregnancy and went
for it. The ones who are insecure about their decision always talk
about it the most."
I posted a polite response to the Vegan Sellout List, explaining that
I'm fully supportive of veganism but believe that the website is
counterproductive because it reinforces vegan stereotypes and
frightens people into believing that they should never even try
veganism because they'll be threatened and publicly admonished should
they choose to "go back." My comment was deleted within minutes.
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