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From: bec ( -
Subject: Re: hating the label, need to vent
Date: February 20, 2006 at 3:10 pm PST

In Reply to: hating the label, need to vent posted by katie on January 30, 2006 at 7:26 pm:

You could refer to yourself as a "vegetarian" and save everyone (yourself included) a lot
of trouble. No explanations or self-flagellation necessary, whether you're by yourself or
with friends/family. Too often it seems people need the "vegan" to cause a stir or out of
some weird vanity. How many online forums have there been where someone is dying
because they ate some honey or something and they desperately worry about still being
able to call themselves vegan. And then hot debate ensues. So sad. You eat what you
eat for you, and for your beliefs-- there is no need for all of this self-congratulation
and/or boasting (not to say you are doing this). The truth of the matter is, "vegan"
popularly refers to something or someone who does not contain/consume any animal
products. If you are consuming/buying animal products, you are not a "vegan". If you
must, "veganish". At the very least, it's fun to watch the look on people's faces when
you say "veganish".

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