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My name is: Michelle, but most people call me Dark online.
My gender-pronouns are: They/them/their.
I am: 26 years old, a feminist, liberal, 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 (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, and Major Depressive Disorder.
I like: Pets & animals, animal welfare, pet care & pet care education, ~*SCIENCE!*~, anatomy & physiology, roleplaying, anime/manga, computer & video games, rock & metal music.
The fact that adult consumption of milk is perceived as normal by most people is primarily a function of the forcible exportation of white European culture by white imperialism. Because biologically speaking, it is incredibly abnormal for anything but an infant to drink milk.
What people typically refer to as “lactose intolerance” is actually the natural state of every mammalian species — adults cease to produce the enzyme lactase and hence lose the ability to digest milk. However, most white people and some people of color have a genetic mutation which causes them to lose the ability to shut down lactase production.
Here’s the interesting part: the European version of lactase persistence — traced back to the “Funnel Beaker” culture of Northern Europe — is the only one that has been spread globally. Other lactase persistence mutations have not been widely spread outside their area of origin — in fact, non-European persistence mutations are so rare that none were positively identified until 2006.
In other words, the normalcy of milk and milk products is almost entirely a product of how effectively whites have imposed their diet and associated culture on everyone else. Milk isn’t actually good for you unless you can digest the stuff, and most people of color can’t. If we’re exposed to it on a regular basis we usually become resistant enough to drink modest amounts without becoming sick, but we still can’t gain any actual nutrition from it.
I get what you’re going for here, and while I respect it, I have to say I’d need some links and sources to back up what you’ve got here, because it just…doesn’t jive with a global perspective.
And then there’s 20 million pastoral households (about 180–200 million people), who are mostly people of color around the world who subsist largely on sheep and goat’s milk (which is more digestible, and not because it contains less lactose but because it actually contains less casien protiens, which is what a lot of “lactose intolerant people are actually allergic to!) in Mongolia, Ethiopia, Europe, Namibia(the Khoisan domesticated cattle 2,000 years ago or so), Pakistan, Peru, and many, many more..?
(a mongolian woman making sheep’s milk cheese)
I mean, I get that cow’s milk doesn’t work for a lot of people, but it’s far from the “natural human state.” And it just sorta doesn’t make room for the fact that consumption of milk and milk products is fairly ubiquitous everywhere except East Asia.
I’m not trying to make some huge stand for milk or anything, it’s just….you know, milk is all over the place, maybe even especially in POC cultures…
It gives me such issue! Because, the ideas behind veganism are solid, there is exploitative factory farming of animals which has not just an impact on a moral level, but is environmentally damaging and creates product of dubious quality (i.e. pumping animals full of antibiotics and growth hormones).
Exploitative farming happens across the board though, and it’s almost as much an anti-capitalist issue and should be explored as that, with veganism being framed more within the inference of personal belief.
Militant veganism as it were does very little to address the actual problem at hand of animal exploitation. Framed within a capitalism system, it becomes a flawed “vote with your dollar” argument if addressed as a means of activism — that by not eating meat, you’ll discourage the production of meat. There’s no social impetus towards that though, and even in converting others to veganism/vegetarianism, you’re going to have wide swaths of the majority who simply won’t change, in addition to those who are disabled or have gastrointestinal disorders who simply cannot eat a vegetarian/vegan diet and remain healthy.
There will always be people who will eat meat out of personal choice, or who need to eat meat out of dietary requirement. That doesn’t mean that we can’t lessen the exploitation or suffering of animals, but most of that suffering doesn’t come at the hands of a fellow tumblr user who just happens to enjoy bacon, it comes at the hands of the conglomerates who are more than willing to push the commodification of meats and animal products to such a massive scale and attempt to shape cultural tastes as well.
It’s absurd the degree to which people will shame essentially powerless individuals for their actions instead of trying to address the overarching culprit. The best vegan causes are animal industry regulations and forced humane standards. Don’t try to dismantle the meat industry with faux-populism and nebulous activism — ally yourself with the communists, socialists, democratic-socialists, anarchists, or even left-leaning neoliberals who have the same issues with the effects of meat commodification that you do.
Also, y’all need to stop with the flawed dichotomies of “oh, you wouldn’t eat a disabled person, so you shouldn’t eat an animal!” or “factory farming is slavery!” or “the mass slaughter of chickens is like the holocaust!” because no, no, wow, no. False equivocancies that only serve to demean other people and generally do little to affirmatively help your cause in a manner that other approaches would still. You don’t need to be racist or ableist to try and convince somebody to limit or end their meat intake, and honestly, that racism or ableism is probably just swaying more people away from the cause. You can’t meet a cause with hate.
Holy shit this is perfection. Bolded for emphasis.
This. Militant veganism is full of classism, racism, ableism, fat-shaming and a whole ton of other problematic shit.
Something militant vegans who think everyone can go vegan seem to miss:
- Some people with gastrointestinal disorders cannot live on a vegan diet and remain healthy.
- Not everyone can afford a vegan lifestyle. Food deserts exist whether you want to believe they do or not.
- Not everyone is able enough, mentally or physically, to prepare vegan meals.
- Some people who have struggled with ED find it triggering to attempt a vegan lifestyle.
And that’s not to mention the fat-shaming idea that if you’d just go vegan, you wouldn’t be fat. Because obviously all vegans are thin, right?
Or the racism inherent in comparing factory farming to slavery.
Militan vegans need to shut the fuck up. They aren’t helping anything or anyone, human or animal.
(Trigger Warning: weight loss, diet.)
Talk. Listen. Walk. Stop. Eat. Put the fork down.
What do you mean, you’re still hungry?
I’m just surprised because you never eat dessert.
You eat so healthy!
You eat so much, how did you lose weight? It’s the gym, right?
I’m not eating chocolate in the morning.
Sugar’s a poison.
It’s not the calories, it’s the bread.
Me, it’s the fat.
I’ve put on 6lbs, I don’t care, my skinny pants still fit.
No, I can’t have that, didn’t I tell you I gained 6lbs?
/You/ are not fat. Now Sarah… I wish she’d do something about her weight.
She’s still single, you know. She never talks about any of that.
I wonder what that hides.
My arms look disgusting!
If I were this fat, I wouldn’t ride the bus, I’d walk everywhere.
You mean you walked from the station to the office? How brave of you!
Your blood test results are perfect! Have you lost weight?
You look great! You’ve lost weight, haven’t you?
You’ve lost so much weight!
I should go to the gym like you, but I don’t have the willpower.
It’s all a question of willpower.
With a willpower like yours, this stress test is going to be a breeze.
They think they’ll lose weight just because they got weight loss surgery.
It’s an easy way out.
Without willpower, it won’t ever work.
You gained back 4lbs, everyone let themselves go during a vacation.
You’re doing so well! D’you plan on losing more?
Do you plan on getting plastic surgery?
Don’t obsess over food, ok?
“Though a heavy weight may be the result of imprudent lifestyle habits or underlying disease in some individuals, there are also many large people who eat sensibly, exercise regularly, and have excellent health readings—and many thin people who don’t. Regardless, a low weight—or healthy lifestyle habits—shouldn’t be a requisite for respect…
Let’s switch our emphasis to encouraging health-promoting behaviors for all, and let the fat fall where it may. Everyone, fat and thin, can reduce their risk for health problems by making good lifestyle choices. It’s time for a new peace movement: one that supports people in developing healthy lifestyle habits, regardless of their size. It’s called Health at Every Size.”
Dr. Linda Bacon (from Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight)
(Dr. Bacon has multi-disciplinary training, including graduate degrees in physiology (specializing in nutrition), psychology, and exercise science. She is committed to educating people on the scientific evidence that underlies our understanding of weight.)