Revisiting Meat Reductionism

Sometimes if I haven't been blogging too actively, I find it fascinating to look at which posts continually see repeated visits. 

One particularly snarky post I wrote about other people's blogs is always at the top of the list. I challenged the urge to capture every single food experience by blogging and deemed it unhealthy. Another post that always sees repeat visitors is a little love note to rapini.

One of the posts I wrote (three years ago!) about 'meat reduction' still generates a comment every once in  a while. The idea of meat reductionism pleases people. As a practicing meat reductionist, I can attest that people in general social settings respond more positively to someone that eats 99% vegan than a 100% vegan. This topic came up recently with one of my commenters, Anne.

I liken veganism to feminism. In theory and practice they are both terrific ideas that benefit people, however, the label of calling yourself a vegan or a feminist can sometimes have a stigma associated with it. No, it shouldn't, but it does.

What do you think? Have you ever been harassed for self-identifying as a vegetarian? Do people roll their eyes at you?


  1. I had a whole diatribe written out, but it was too long.

    I find it incredibly amusing to hear, "You don't look vegetarian." It's weird, because I think I DO look vegetarian!

  2. I hear you on the diatribe, Cuthbert. The whole issue is pretty loaded.

    I think 10 years ago I would have said, "You don't look vegetarian," but now, in this day and age, I think you look hella vegetarian. :) I don't know who these people are!