Well I’ve finally decided to become a vegetarian, and already the gay jokes have started (friends just teasing me, nothing horribly abusive). So I would like to ask the guys on this site, if there are any, how do you deal with the preconceptions of vegetarians being less manly? And for the girls, do you consider a vegetarian/vegan male to be less masculine than a omnivore?
Speaking theoretically, I consider a vegan guy to be much more masculine than an omnivore. (All the guys I know put me down for being vegan, it’s not much appreciated.) Just keep being vegetarian, and don’t rise to their jokes, eventually they’ll give up. Good luck.
I have come to realize that people put down vegetarianism/veganism because they want to give themselves and others an excuse of why they don’t have the will power to give up meat like you did. I am a female vegetarian and one of my male friends once said that Paul McCartney didn’t have the nerve to kill a fish and I said no he was man enough to save its life. I believe real men will care more about animals than being selfish. If people continue to bother you just tell them that you’re confident enough in your masculinity to give up meat regardless of what they think. Congratulations on becoming veg btw!
The majority of the planet is in the wrong.
The people who say these things are people from that majority.
Just keep working to inform/enlighten/awaken the people who aren’t so far gone and,
in the near future, these comments — and the sort of ignorance they stem from — will be rare, and eventually non-existent.
ie., stop consuming animal products and keep working to get others to do the same.
That is the best way to deal with these comments.
I think some people already thought I might be gay because of how much time me and a male friend of mine spent together and the fact that neither of us dated in high school. His dad thought he was gay.
Also, I took all college level classes my senior year in high school and graduated top of my class, so the people around me were more mature than the average population.
Anyways, point being, I’ve never had to deal with gay jokes because of it. Anyways, people will stop making comments relating to your diet soon enough. Oh. A study showed gay men are bigger. Nothing unmanly about being gay.
AF Bogaert & S Hershberger, “The relation between sexual orientation and penile size.” Archives of Sexual Behavior, vol. 28, no. 3, 1999, pp. 213-21.