Your Thoughts Thursday: Facing Confrontation
We all know that vegan isn’t the majority, but I continue to be surprised by the reactions I get when people find out I’m vegan. I have to admit, without even discussing the ethics, I have found that generally people are very defensive about their food and offensive about others eating differently than them. I’ve even stumbled across vegan hate articles, forum threads, and blog posts while I was researching other things. People hate vegans?! That’s a lot of energy to focus on someone’s personal lifestyle choices. It doesn’t bother me that people think I’m odd, but there are two things off the top of my head that I find frustrating (or humorous). This happens to me often; someone will ask me why I’m vegan and then get upset and defensive about my answer, but “you asked me“! Also, I hear a lot, “but where do you get [insert nutrient]?!”, but to the same question in return the person has no idea where they get said nutrient. Alright, I’ve done enough blabbing. What do you think? How do people react when people find out you’re vegan?
- Do people get defensive or seem interested?
- Do you ever avoid someone finding out just to save yourself from debate?
- Do you think the general public, without knowing you personally, has a negative opinion of vegans?