A Note on Language

I have long wondered why hearing someone -- such as myself -- referred to as "a vegan" is a pet peeve of mine. Every time I've heard it over the past six years, though, it's bothered me, and I think I've figured out why. Language matters. The words we use can reflect or diminish agency, … Continue reading A Note on Language

Doing What We Can

I can't be the only vegan who does this. You've just left your local coffee shop, having ordered your customary medium hot coffee with soy milk. You walked out holding your paper cup -- or, better yet for the purposes of this post, a styrofoam one -- wondering if anyone else in line deduced your … Continue reading Doing What We Can

Vegetarian Horror

The subject of meat is fertile ground for the horror genre. Here's a brief rundown on 2 horror movies and a novella for those Reasoned Vegan readers feeling brave this Halloween season. Raw (2017) Raw follows the story of Justine, a vegetarian college student forced to eat raw rabbit liver during a hazing ritualโ€”an incident … Continue reading Vegetarian Horror

Tempering Our Expectations

Thinking of all the people you know and love who don't ascribe to veganism, and who thus consume copious amounts of animal products, can be overwhelming. You may wonder: How can they not see that it is wrong? On some level, most people probably do understand that it is wrong, but they feel that eating … Continue reading Tempering Our Expectations

Why Everyone Knows a “Humane” Small Farm

Though people, in my experience, seem to be less willing to offer up this canard in face-to-face conversations, something we frequently come across in online forums is the claim that "my [relative] owns a small farm, he treats his livestock humanely, and this is the exception rather than the rule" in response to an exposรฉ … Continue reading Why Everyone Knows a “Humane” Small Farm

The Worst Thing About Being Vegan

Although most people overestimate the difficulty of transitioning to veganism, it is a lie to claim that it's a breeze. As with any lifestyle change, veganism requires an upheaval and reassessment of one's daily routine. There's a learning curve, to be sure, but once you've ironed out the wrinkles you can return to the automaticity … Continue reading The Worst Thing About Being Vegan

On Vegetarianism

Every week, my mother, and my younger brother and I used to drive twenty minutes or so to Taco Bell. It was as habitual as it was ritual; Iโ€™d eat my cheesy gordita crunch and drink my Starbucks coffee as my mother reminded us to complete our weekly chores. I looked forward to it every … Continue reading On Vegetarianism