Vegan Philosophers and Authors
I always see lists of vegans going around on tumblr focused on “look how buff these vegans are!” or “Look how old these people got to be by being vegan!” and sometimes just “Did you know, your favourite celebrity is vegan? Wow!” But here are some lists I think we’re really missing out on:
- Al-Maʿarri (973 CE–1058 CE) - blind Arabian philosopher, poet, and writer; controversial rationalist for his time, argued against religious dogma and animal cruelty.
- Steven Best (b. 1955) - associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso, co-founder of the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS); poststructuralist views on revolution
- David Pearce - British independent philosopher strongly concerned with transhumanism and biotechnology; argues for the ethical imperative to engineer a world with less suffering, co-founded Humanity+, (the World Transhumanist Association), and is a prominent figure in the transhumanism movement
- Tom Regan (b. 1938) - professor emeritus of philosophy at North Carolina State University; author of numerous books on the philosophy of animal rights, including The Case for Animal Rights (1983), most arguably Kantian, and disagrees with the concept of speciesism on some good grounds
Vegan Writers (including Screen Writers), Journalists:
- Ally Burguieres
- Michael C. Dorf
- Darren Aronofsky (most notably seen here)
- Gary Francione
- Elise Desaulniers
- Brigid Brophy
- Joan Dunayer
- Carol J. Adams
- Anu Garg
- Jamie Kilstein
- Lasse Hallström
- Allison Kilkenny
- Sarah Kramer
- Craig Taro Gold
- Marieke Hardy
If you know of any vegan philosophers, writers, or journalists out there, let me know! I can add them to the list or you can reblog and add them in.
I got my GCSE results today. I got A*s in English Lit and Lang, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography and RS and an A in Maths. I am honestly struggling to be proud of this, or even to care greatly as a mysterious process happened the second I went on study leave and I became suddenly calm and my anxieties shifted to A-levels, and I have been struggling to be greatly concerned ever since. I am a bit hung up on the A in maths, as I got a mark in the A* region in the first exam and near the A-B border in the second, and I dropped Further Maths. I’ve been very worried about Maths, as I feel that I need to do it at A-level (at least to AS, probably not A2) but I feel very inferior about maths. I think I have been given a complex about maths from primary school that I can’t shift. I still feel guilty about dropping German, and I feel envious of the kid who got 10 A*s.
What I’m trying to say is that I am very bad at getting good results. I’ve already started to get anxious about that damned A, which is not a good thing as the anxiety I had in the last year of the GCSEs probably trigger my alopecia.
I am probably going to do Five A-levels (Chem, Bio, Philosophy, Maths and Eng Lit) and Astronomy GCSE after school and I am probably going to die.
I read Hamlet about two months ago, and I read a feminist analysis at the back of it about Hamlet as a breeches role, and it just enchanted me, Hamlet himself is quite a feminine character, and has a lot of the Freudian female pathologies, though with the power that women lacked to execute their desires. If Hamlet is meant to be a universal example of human psychology, then he really should be played by a woman, as we tend to see women as more relatable, regardless of our gender. It feels like undoing, somewhat, the damage of the early Shakespearean women, Cleopatra played by squeaky teen boys and all. And by the wish of ye mighty gods I have tickets to see Maxine Peake play Hamlet at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and I am ridiculously excited.
hi if anyone has some good articles (like academic articles u feel) on the pornography industry that they could give me the title/author of i would b eternally grateful
i’m doing a presentation in class in a few weeks and i’m freaking out a lot because 1) talking in front of my class and 2) sensitive topic
and i’m hoping to try and gather and analyse as much info as i can early so that it’s not such a big thing when i’m putting it together
I haven’t checked the pdf through, but I think this is complete:
When you are 13 years old,
the heat will be turned up too high
and the stars will not be in your favor.
You will hide behind a bookcase
with your family and everything left behind.
You will pour an ocean into a diary.
When they find you, you will be nothing
but a spark above a burning bush,
still, tell them
Despite everything, I really believe people are good at heart.
When you are 14,
a voice will call you to greatness.
When the doubters call you crazy, do not listen.
They don’t know the sound
of their own God’s whisper. Use your armor,
use your sword, use your two good hands.
Do not let their doubting
drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
You are the Maid of Untamed Patriotism.
Born to lead armies into victory and unite a nation
like a broken heart.
When you are 15, you will be punished
for learning too proudly. A man
will climb onto your school bus and insist
your sisters name you enemy.
When you do not hide,
he will point his gun at your temple
and fire three times. Three years later,
in an ocean of words, with no apologies,
you will stand before the leaders of the world
and tell them your country is burning.
When you are 16 years old,
you will invent science fiction.
The story of a man named Frankenstein
and his creation. Soon after you will learn
that little girls with big ideas are more terrifying
than monsters, but don’t worry.
You will be remembered long after
they have put down their torches.
When you are 17 years old,
you will strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
one right after the other.
Men will be afraid of the lightening
in your fingertips. A few days later
you will be fired from the major leagues
because “Girls are too delicate to play baseball”
You will turn 18 with a baby on your back
leading Lewis and Clark
across North America.
You will turn 18
and become queen of the Nile.
You will turn 18
and bring justice to journalism.
You are now 18, standing on the precipice,
trembling before your own greatness.
This is your call to leap.
There will always being those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
of your own heartbeat.
You are the first drop of a hurricane.
Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
by all the little girls still living in secret,
writing oceans made of monsters and
throwing like lightening.
You don’t need to grow up to find greatness.
You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
The world laid out before you to set on fire.
All you have to do
hi! I totally understand the confusion - queer means different things to different people and often multiple things simultaneously. but before I go into that I want to note that it’s a partially-reclaimed slur and some people, particularly older members of the LGBT+ community, consider it a slur so it should only be used if a person a) explicitly identifies as queer and b) tells you it’s ok to use it regarding them. if you’re not queer yourself you shouldn’t use the term “the queer community”.
firstly people use it as a short form of genderqueer - as you said, feeling uncomfortable with the gender binary. because it’s an ambiguous term it’s used by people who don’t feel comfortable with a more specific gender identity, particularly when gender feels more “fluid”. I don’t use queer in this sense, though, so I’m not an expert and you’re better off finding someone who does.
initially, I used to say queer because it felt the easiest thing to say. I had a lot of internalised biphobia (still struggle with it, I guess) as most teen bi girls do tbh, so queer was something I could identify with without cringing. pansexual never fitted me because gender is a big part of who I’m attracted to - I’m rarely attracted to multiple genders at the same time but instead I kind of cycle between them. this is also, I think, linked to my mental health because I don’t have a great history with men so when I’m not well that’s one of the ways I self-destruct. I’m still not sure what exactly my sexuality is or if I even have a sexuality because it’s so wrapped up in mental health stuff. so queer also kinda accounted for that, the ambiguity and confusion. queer takes into account all the strangeness and trauma and periods of asexuality and periods of really fucked up sexuality, for me anyway. when I’m in a good place and having normal interpersonal relationships I’ll usually say I’m bisexual. when it’s all a bit more complicated, I’m queer.
people identify as queer for all sorts of reasons. it could be, like me, something specific that draws them to the label. it could be issues with terms like bisexual and pansexual because either they don’t fit or have some stigma attached. or queer can be used as a catch-all term and is used by people whose sexuality is fluid or who are still trying to figure out their sexuality (and gender identity, but I’m cis so, again, not the best person to talk about that)
I personally don’t like it when it’s used as an umbrella term for the community because it still is a slur for a lot of people. I was talking about this with my mum actually, who’s straight but knew a lot of gay people in the 80s who vehemently hated the term queer and managed to make it somewhat taboo. so I feel like applying it to their community now is disrespectful and potentially hurtful, alienating and triggering. imo it should only be used regarding individuals who identify as queer. a lot of people use the tag q-slur even when using it positively towards themselves.
there are other uses, like I know some people in the kink community use it. butttt I’m not getting into that. it’s a pretty fraught term but also a really important one for a lot of younger LGBT+ people.
feminism is and always has been a movement by women, for women. men already have ownership of the majority of activist spaces (not to mention the entire damn planet), they don’t need to take up space within feminism too.
they end up talking over women and hijacking the whole movement for their own purposes. (see: sex positive liberal feminism)
men can be allies to feminism, and the best way for them to do that is to listen to women and help break down misogyny amongst their male peers and take feminism to the spaces that women can’t access.
Oh get fucked.
“men have ownership of the majority of activist spaces”, which is why funding for prostate cancer and breast cancer research are so comparable. It is also why I am literally just tripping over men’s shelters when ever I walk out to my mail box and why male victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are given so much publicity and are treated equally by police and the criminal justice system. It is also why women can be forced to fight by conscription and why men and women both have the same chance at being awarded custody of children in the event of divorce, and why men have so many reproductive rights. Things are just going so well for us I wake up every morning with a great big smile on my face ready to go out for another productive day of oppressing women. Are you serious? Holy shit. Open your fucking eyes. All society does is coddle you people.
I presume you are from the US/UK/Australia? If so then conscription hasn’t existed in your country in about 40 years, so it seems an unnecessary thing to protest against. And women are conscripted into the armed services of Israel, Sudan, Libya and North Korea, and Norway will soon be conscripting women. In Israel women have to serve two years and men three, but if you are so concerned about the injustice of Israeli men having to kill Palestinian children for an extra year then you need to reconsider your priorities. Conscription was (and is) seen as a “rite of passage” into manhood, because on of the features of patriarchal masculinity is violence, which both men and women are at the receiving end of.
Women experience domestic violence as terrorism, I quote from the British Crime Survey:
"Women are the overwhelming majority of the most heavily abused group. Among people subject to four or more incidents of domestic violence from the perpetrator of the worst incident (since age 16), 89 per cent were women. Thirty-two per cent of women had experienced domestic violence from this person four or more times compared with only 11 per cent of men."
This does not does not mean there shouldn’t be men’s and trans-inclusive shelters, there really needs to be more activism in this field (though it is hardly like women’s shelters are thriving either). I suggest that you join a group advocating for this, or even better try and set up your own men’s only shelter. (I am serious, this is something I want to do myself in the future).
The example you give of women dominating activism is about breast cancer being more well funded, which is a strange thing to focus on. There is the notoriously male dominated socialist and black civil rights movements, and gay men have always been the public face of LGBT* activism. Breast cancer may receive more funding because it affects younger women than prostate cancer does (to men) and those women will have young children, which society does not want orphaned and who will probably have much longer to live than an older man treated for prostate cancer who might die of a heart attack in a few years (There is also a great deal of symbolism in the breast, with it being the sustenance of the human race, that would make “saving boobs” be more persuasive to policy makers. Also, breasts are far more “photogenic” than the prostate, which few people can locate. There lots of complicated reasons for appointing research funding, and none of them are because of a matriarchal conspiracy). There are lots of issues with gender in bioethics, for instance, men being seen as better clinical trial candidates because of “more stable” hormone levels (this is not true) and there being no “risk” of pregnancy which could be harmed by untested drugs. Therefore, pharmaceuticals tend not to “work as well” on women, meaning simply taking medicine is risky for women. This is the case less today, but ther is still this risk with older drugs.
No one is suggesting that you are personally a spree misogynist (though the use of the word “fucked” up there is a little disturbing), but you live in a patriarchal society in the gender which is societal favoured in positions of power, is actually being paid a living wage ("The working-poor rate for women rose from 7.6 percent to 8.0 percent over the year, while the working-poor rate for men declined from 6.7 to 6.2 percent") and does not have their body seen as public property. A feminism that isn’t matriarchal should, however, recognize that men have a great deal to benefit from the destruction of the patriarchy and the violence against men and women it causes (including a reduction in the male suicide rate).
Also, this is quite a good example of why women don’t want men in feminism (or if they are, just sitting at the back quietly), as they tend to yell “oh get fucked” and talk about the draft like they have just come back from the Vietnam War. It is not particularly relevant, and if I were a rape survivor I wouldn’t want to be talking about it for the first time in a room where someone gives out colloquial rape threats like it’s good rhetoric.