But I really like meat!

I’m a feminist and I have short hair, a nose stud, look slightly anaemic, have a penchant for androgynous clothing and ride a push bike to/from work (and not just cos I look great in bike shorts).

I’m a feminist who understands ‘gender’ as opposed to ‘sex’ and fervently believe we perform our gender and are punished when we deviate from its script.

I’m a feminist but I am still surprised when people assume I am lesbian, or a vegan, or both.  I happen to be neither and actually quite enjoy a good steak and bit of loving with a man. There’s nothing wrong with falling in love or having hot sex with someone from the same gender/sex (or having crap sex or falling out of love for that matter), and I appreciate the aims of the vegan movement, but I get frustrated that being a feminist means all other aspects of my life are also assumed to be just as against the mainstream grain.

I just want to eat meat and I don’t want to have to apologise for being part of the movement for gender equality AND then be put in the ‘other’ box. First of all, equal rights for women and men is not just a peripheral aspiration AND there should be NO ‘other’ box anyway.

On a personal level I wish that instead of being put into a category that limits how I should act/behave/make life choices, I begin and remain in a ‘person’ box which allows me to have short hair AND wagyu steak, if I want. Let me not wax my legs AND have tantric sex, if I want (and can). Let me barrack for Collingwood AND have all my teeth.

I just want to eat meat. Gender stereotypes work to limit the potential of people, if not just by imposing invisible boundaries in their minds but by doing the same to those around them. If society only likes assertiveness in men and long hair on women then that’s all that will be rewarded and expected. Thinking outside gender stereotypes unsettles expectations and challenges those invisible boundaries.

Be careful though, opening your mind to new perspectives may turn you into a vegan, lesbian, feminist – but you won’t be alone, you can make friends with the dentally-complete Collingwood supporters next door.

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IsBambi is an administrator for feminaust. She is also a young woman excited about all things to do with feminism, skiing, British TV, dogs called Trevor and cycling. In addition to trying to do too much at once, she enjoys empowering young people and dragging men into the feminist debate.

3 thoughts on “But I really like meat!

  1. But it’s not just about the stereotypes – isn’t there a connection between feminism and eating meat? For me it’s an integral part of my feminism, about power and hierarchy, the connection between violence against women and the suffering of animals, between meat-eating and masculine virility. Also, the environmental impact of meat production, and the insatiable western need for meat at the cost of food insecurity in the developing world, and the fact that I am a very healthy person after 30+ years of not eating meat is enough to keep me committed to vegetarianism. I’d be very interested in what you think of the ideas of Carol.J.Adams in her book “The Sexual Politics of Meat”.

    • I agree with you Teresa, the whole ‘give the man meat’ thing places a huge emphasis on men not eating salad but happily carving up a steak. To be honest, it’s not something I’ve thought about in a lot of detail, but I think it’s important analysis. Will have to find myself a copy of Adams’ book now! If you’d like to write anything for us on vegetarianism and feminism we’d love to publish it!

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