2. Pregnancy, adoption, and "over population." You are a man, you don't have a uterus, patriarchy has a long history of oppressing women by controlling women's reproduction: we don't care how you think women's bodies should be controlled. Also, you don't know what you're talking about. Let women speak for once.
3. Sexism in the Nonhuman Animal rights movement (unless you are acting as an ally). Please, spare us your explanations as to why sexism isn't an issue, or that sexism is okay, or that critical vegan feminists are misandrists, or bigots, or misanthropes, or whatever. Let women speak for once.
4. Vegan dating. Women don't care who you think we should be dating, marrying, cohabiting with . . . or befriending at all for that matter. Let women speak for once.
5. Victim-blaming. Stop protecting your bros and man-idols and recognize that society, for the most part, hates women and seeks to enact violence against them. The Nonhuman Animal rights movement is no different. Stop accusing women of being "gossipers" with an "agenda," or whatever. First off, you are gross. Second, stop talking. Let women speak for once.
6. Rape. Not your area, sorry buddy. Yes, men are raped in distressingly large numbers, but rape is, for the most part, an institutionalized act of male violence on the feminine body (which is why men who are raped tend to be under the age of 13, gay, or in prison: these are "emasculated" and feminized vulnerable groups who have little social power). Anyway, it's not male-on-male rape that vegan men are talking about, they're talking about the epidemic of rape against women. Stop using our collective victimhood for your analogies and arguments. Especially when you throw us under the bus when it comes to creating a community of accountability. The men who harp about rape are the same men who are victimizing women. You're tokenizing us and it's annoying. Furthermore, lots of vegan women have already been writing about this for years. Let women speak for once.
The take home message? In the Nonhuman Animal rights movement, which is 80% female, men are doing all the talking . . . about stuff they have no business talking about. Why? Because men are used to dominating the conversation, why should the vegan movement be any different? Stop talking please, scoot over, and give us a chance.
Alternatively, here are some gendered things you can talk about and it won't bother us one bit:
- Veganism and masculinity
- Veganism and male rape/sexual violence
- Male aggression in the Nonhuman Animal rights community
- Veganism and testosterone/erectile function/sterilization
- Veganism and fathering
- Veganism and hair loss/hair gain
- Veganism and football
Have at it.
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