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My name is: Michelle, but most people call me Dark online.
My gender-pronouns are: They/them/their.
I am: 27 years old, a feminist, an atheist, an omnivore, and an ISFJ.
The Feminist: Intersectional, body positive, pro-choice, and sex positive.
My privileged identities include: Female assigned at birth (FAAB trans* privilege), white, able-bodied, allistic (?), dyadic, monogamous.
My non-privileged/oppressed identities include: Gender-fluid, fat, gray-a, neuroatypical, and gay.
I have: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Dermatophagia, and Dermatillomania.
I like: Pets & animals, animal welfare, pet care & pet care education, ~*SCIENCE!*~, anatomy & physiology, roleplaying, anime/manga, computer & video games, rock & metal music.
I do. I am just in the process of crafting the best way to tackle vegan issues as a PoC. Continually I am frustrated by a) the idea that veganism was, is and will forever be specifically for white people b) how vegans of color are not represented sufficiently c) people use the ignorance of white vegans as an excuse to block out the voices of all vegans (including white vegans that are not the scum of the earth in regards to their approaches to veganism) d) the lack of awareness to how veganism helps the mind, body and spirit of the individual, as well as is an act of protest in reclaiming the PoC body as a vessel for health and vitality, in conjunction with helping the earth.
I stay quiet because I am a person who does not regret her words. I never speak without purpose or without severe thought.
So I am just letting you guys know that this blog is about me. I am not just young, or just black, or just vegan. I am all three, and that shapes how I form my thoughts. And I’m just waiting until the words to express these thoughts become clear to me.
See now I gotta have a problem with you.
It is YOUR OPINION that veganism does fucking ANYTHING. It is not a lack of awareness about what veganism does. I am well aware of what it does and it is my opinion that it will not do SHIT for me and not SHIT for a lot of people.
This is a problem I had with your discussion at the meetup. You spoke of PoC health, but what you meant was “PoC Health The Way I Do It Myself”, and you spoke as if your way was THE way and “omg people don’t know just how AWESOME this is and how much we DESPERATELY need to be healthy and how it just clears your whole SOUUUUUUUUL”.
Veganism is not an indicator of health, nor does it guarantee health, nor does it do anything particularly special for all people except involve not eating animal products. It certainly doesn’t guarantee peace of mind, or freedom of spirit, or work in any way as a spiritual journey for many.
It’s GOOD that YOU find veganism to be these things and you want to let others know about YOUR feelings on it.
But don’t say that there’s a “lack of awareness” about what veganism does. For me? It makes me iron and protein deficient and makes my anemia worse because I cannot eat beans or afford protein-rich alternatives. It makes my (hungry) mind wander and dazed, and my spirit feels like it’s ready to leave my damn body cause it’s malnourished and always worried about food. The “protest” you speak of doesn’t matter in the face of any of that.
Talk about veganism only as it relates to you. Do NOT talk about “general benefits” because THEY DO NOT EXIST.