reminder that the matrix trilogy was written and directed by a trans woman (lana wachowski) along with her brother
one of the most influential and iconic sci fi movies was created by a trans woman and MORE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!! lana wachowski is a babe and an inspiration, one of the few female directors in hollywood as well as one of the few transgender people in hollywood.
i am way too pooped to talk about global resource use (esp. food) and imperialism in a remotely coherent or comprehensive way but here’s a distilled version
resources aren’t endless, and their distribution often isn’t fair. eating in a way that minimizes individual impact is great, but global reduction requires a lot of cooperation. that means acknowledging and respecting each other’s culture. it also means that not everything is going to be fair or respectful because what happens when finite resources are unevenly distributed.
environmentalism that comes from one specific culture interacting with the traditions&heritage of another culture is complex, and has been complex for a pretty long time, but let’s leave like…. idk. whales for another night, yeah? go read up on modern whaling, and who is allowed to do it, and why, and how that’s working out. that’s a really good place to start looking at resources and respect and culture and stewardship
people are always sending me messages like “am i a bad person for eating meat” and.. no. but it’s not that simple. you’re not a bad person but it’s complicated.
yes, i obviously believe killing and abusing animals is wrong and very very bad, but it’s for a lot of reasons. obviously the one that comes to most people’s minds is “animals”, but it’s also about earth and humanity in general— it contributes to overfarming, waste, poisoning water and land, pollution, etc, and also preys on areas that are typically poor/red tape racism in a lot (lot, lot, lot) of places, often abuses workers without visas, and actually makes food less valuable while raising prices on anything nutritious.. it feeds into poverty, abuses the impoverished and it makes only non-vegan (processed/unhealthy) options accessible (affordable due to abusing the concept of living wages), keeps ppl poor so it can use them and then it winds up killing poor people (directly related to poor working conditions and diet) thru food deserts and other arms of capitalism. eating a typical western diet contributes directly to the oppression, silencing, abuse and pollution of the homes of everyone else in the world. it’s not just about animals. it’s complicated.
similar things happen with vegetable farming, that is undeniable and would be horrific to blow off. just as the “am i bad for eating animals” bit, it’s complicated. racist agricultural practice is the result of straight up capitalism and systematic oppression that has been abusing poc and poor people since its inception. it is wildly important to not erase this issue, but it is a classist fallback that is used far too often to discredit veganism entirely. if you live in poverty, it is difficult to avoid because of the aforementioned design of capitalism. if you have any other information on brands or methods to help solve this issue, please let me know. otherwise, here are many small ways you can help:
- garden yourself (or make friends who do!)
- go to farmers markets
- find ethical brands
- don’t buy up foods such as quinoa and kale that is imported from countries that depend on it (and can’t afford it anymore)
it’s also very, very important to note that veganism has been stolen and consequently whitewashed (just as often, weirdly enough, by anti-vegans). veganism is not a white concept nor a white movement and its history has been erased, as has the history of the “green” movement (biking, gardening, etc). veganism can be dated back to ancient greece and india, egypt, etc. a lot of the world doesn’t eat meat. in fact, america and the uk is where it’s generally less often seen. meat (not in western societies, obviously) is typically a luxury.
it could be summed up that the issue with western/white veganism is that it, too, is in the wheel of capitalism and as such if you are thoughtless with it can continue to contribute to all those same issues as above. it also often becomes a class issue, as processed vegan food is much more expensive than processed omnivore food, and the class system is designed in such a way that people in lower class situations have less time to cook due to being overworked and underpayed. however, here are some things to consider if it is possible for you:
- going vegan, even if you are not able to get access to a garden, local market or other sustainable food sources will dramatically cut down the amount you contribute to this mess
- going vegan is typically cheaper (and this example didn’t even really shop smart) and can be done for $120/mo (i’ve done cheaper, but this is a good start! also, if you don’t track your own groceries or don’t yet buy them, that might sound like a lot of money, but to give you an idea of what the government expects poor people to spend on food, SNAP benefits for a single individual are on average $130/mo and most people have to spend more than that). this neat woman made a menu for vegans who had less than £1 a day to live on!
- going vegan— like eating any other way that requires cooking— requires access to electricity, water and some time, BUUUUUUT it doesn’t require tons of time at all NOR a fancy full sized kitchen. here’s an example of cheap meals that take less than 20 minutes, cooking without a stove, and cooking in a dorm room (cooking GF vegan in a dorm room here)
anyway, that’s me debunking some misconceptions about the lifestyle that ppl often bring up with me. thank u and hope this answered some questions.
I;m sorry, no. You’re still presenting this in a way that still has it linger as ‘ethically wrong’ and the sources you’ve linked to are not reliable. We are literally a part of capitalism whether we eat meat or not. Don’t imply that somehow eating meat removes you from the chain. That’s not true.
I apologize in advance for this.
We were told to wear your clothes, speak your language, and adhere to your societal rules. At the time, the colonialists were doing what they thought was morally right. All the bloodshed and colonozing of those countries was done becuase we, as Asian people, including India, China, and the Malayas We were altered to be ‘better’.
Presenting veganism as a ‘more moral choice’ or a ‘more ethical choice’ is deceptive. Western culture in general is more uncomfortable with death. You don’t hang your roast meat on hooks for display, for example. It has to do with a larger western - and capitalist - hatred of sacrifice or having to make compromises. If you want something, you have to give something up. This is a very old trope found in multiple parts of not just western, but Asian folk tale.
So when you link not to a source, but a sanctimonious article - written completely by westerners who have no right to speak outside of their western experience, that ridicules the idea of veganism having cultural and imperial roots - you are wrong. You are wrong and you are speaking over people, like myself, who were raised in the East and whose culture is still incredibly important to me. Do not give me a history of ‘veganism’ that does not exist in Asia, because that is an oversimplification of Asian history and heritage.
Yes most of India is vegetarian - NOT VEGAN. This is because as a part of their religious makeup (which includes Hindu, Jain, Islamic, and Buddhist faiths) meat is not regarded as acceptable. Now while this is a religious reason, as with any culture, the recipes and the food and cooking practices developed developed around that. So really, it’s cool that their cooking practices are ‘more acceptable’ by white people, in the west, cheers, good for them.
62% of the world’s pork is consumed in China, because of farming practices. Seafood and pork is intrinsic to most Japanese cooking. Sate, Gule Kambing, Rendang, and Opor Ayam, my grandmothers dishes, all meat based. Does that mean my culture is ‘less moral’ than that of your personal decisionand the cultural histories of other parts of Asia?
Animal death and acceptance of death as a part of life is a big part of Asian culture. Being respectful no matter how something dies is important. With western culture, you’re still incredibly uncomfortable with death. You don’t like admitting that an animal has to die to make your food. So when you tell me that me making my grandmother’s recipies is wrong, when you link to a blog article written by westerners who have never been to ANY of the countries they list - it makes me very hard not to feel like you’re telling us what to do.
You’ve created a frame work where you’ve basically said ‘I’m not telling you it’s wrong, but it is’. And that doesn’t work. It just doesn’t work, because it is racist and it allows you to shame and judge entire cultures for what they do, and place your ethical framework above theirs.
You can make ‘substitute’ vegan traditional dishes. They are no longer traditional dishes. It is that simple. You have, by default, already taken something from my culture.
I am telling you as someone who has a vegan mother who still cooks her traditional recipes come holidays or birthdays, I am telling you as a diabetic who has had to alter their own diet and cut meat in different ways substantially, I am telling you as an Asian Person of Color who was raised outside the west - this is colonialist. To say you adhere to a ‘higher morality’, which is the same excuse the British gave in their blood soaked conquering of the world, who instead attributed it to ‘God and Country’. We didn’t have that choice, because we didn’t have that privilege.
Do you know what the biggest shock to moving to the west as for me? It wasn’t just the casual racism in Australia. It was the insidious idea by elitist members of Australian society that, without having to say it in so many words, my culture was still ‘savage’ for eating meat.
So you understand why I feel angry about this particular issue, and particularly offended, especially since intersectionality and imperialism issues people are supposedly concerned about on this website.
Please stop presenting veganism within this framework. It is insulting and culturally erasing. You have every right to be vegan.
But this continued insinuation that me, my family, and my brothers and sisters, my aunties and uncle, are some sort of ethically unsound savage from an ethically corrupt culture has to stop.
there are way too many social justice warriors. we need a social justice scout and a social justice healer and a social justice black mage. seriously this videogame has like 10 different classes you can play and everyone goes for the one that just uses generic melee weapons?
Let us be vividly clear about this.
What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.
Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and killed by racist vigilante forces is not an unfortunate coincidence.
The New York Times deliberately played into an archaic American tradition in devaluing both the merit of black life and the tragedy of black death.
They chose the day of his funeral, as his family, friends and activists everywhere have to grapple with a human being lost to pontificate about how he was “no angel”. Michael Brown was many things to many people; a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and another black causality of murderous police institutions and today, amidst all the racist violence he, his loved ones and community have had to endure, he was going to finally receive the respect and moment of honor he deserved and NYT decided today, of all days, to tune in their audience onto wholly irrelevant facts about his life - that in turn, transform the very injustice surrounding his death and the following police violence that plagued Ferguson into a national panel about whether or not his death is actually worth mourning and their language suggested that to them, it indeed is not.
This was hardly an accident or mistake. This is the perpetual hostility that is met against black life in America. The consensus is that black people deserve no respect and for black life to be legitimized and honored, we must meet a list of prerequisites. Subsequently, if black people aren’t valued, neither are our deaths understood as tragic or murders seen as criminal action.
This has been the atmosphere of America since its inception and much has not improved.
Love a good miniseries. Put it in my pocket and carry it around. Everyone coos when I take it out at garden parties. How adorable, they say. I’ll keep it in a little pillbox on my chifforobe. Airholes punched in the top with a tool used to mark leather. I will release it in the late summer when the humidity hangs in the air and the smell of ozone invades the dining rooms and sun porches.