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Diversify Your Veganism 2019 (books, podcasts, social media)

Diversify Your Veganism 2019 (books, podcasts, social media) Posted on 25/12/20186 Comments
Ahoy, hello! My name is Jenny. I am a thirty-something human female from Manchester in the north of England. I enjoy rainy days and sad songs, custard donuts and salt & pepper chips and beer, lentil dhal and fried okra, X-Files and Twin Peaks, fierce fat heroines and mental health advocates, dogs and cats and otters and a very special beirdo. To paraphrase Sylvia Plath: "I blog because there is a voice within me that insists on writing lots of ridiculous chuff".

Here in the UK, veganism has enjoyed (?) its most mainstream year yet in 2018. A week or so ago I popped into Manchester for a pre-Christmas tattoo with a brand new tattooist; we got to talking about all sorts of things, and one of them was veganism. He asked me if I’d been vegan a long time and I told him about 11 years, and he said “wow! that’s before veganism was cool!”. And he’s right, readers. Back then I clung to the one alternative face of veganism that I could easily find: the Post Punk Kitchen. The PPK was a cooking show that aired on Brooklyn and Manhattan public-access television cable TV in the early 2000s and is now available on YouTube (isn’t everything?). It had a punk soundtrack and was hosted by the godmothers of excellent vegan cookery/baking Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

This was an excellent antidote to nut loaves and lentils and all the stuff you want to avoid in order to demonstrate that veganism can be fun, tasty, and just a bit better than NOT being vegan (right? riiiiight).

The PPK forums (RIP) were an excellent hot-bed of diverse and progressive voices that were a great education for me. It’s there that I learned to care about social justice issues beyond veganism and become less of a selfish little oik and for that I am very grateful indeed. Of course we still only had one kind of vegan cheeze and we pretty much had to travel to London to buy cakes/wheat gluten over the counter but there it is. Times have sure changed, and part of me goes “squee” and wonders if this is what the future will be like, but I’m also concerned at the perhaps inevitable rise of the face of mainstream veganism that promotes a single-issue agenda and pushes to the margins the voices of vegans in other communities.

Initially frequently (and erroneously) dubbed “intersectional veganism” (often by white vegans keen to demonstrate their commitment to a diverse and progressive veganism – mea culpa) I’ve seen over the past few years the rise of a more consistently anti-oppression veganism. This phrase was coined by activists Julia Feliz Brueck and Carol J. Adams who presented the Vegan Bill of Consistent Anti-Oppression at London VegFest in 2018. Although I am glad to see the voices of marginalised and under-represented vegans being lifted up, I’m also aware that this is in part a necessary response to the voices of mainstream (usually white, cis, ‘healthy’, abled-bodied) vegans threatening to take centre-stage as the movement gains momentum.

I’ve mentioned before a number of times that I am always learning, and that I will do my best to admit my mistakes, own them, and move on enlightened. This isn’t always easy for a big useless sack of emotions with a personality disorder but I try my hardest. I want to do what I can to pass the mic over to folks who speak on behalf of their own communities and advocate for veganism in the ways that I could and should not.

That said, in 2018, and as part of my ongoing master’s education, I read a number of excellent books and have followed a number of excellent folks that I’d like to recommend to you all. I am aiming this particular blog post at white vegans like me who (I firmly believe) would benefit from a more diverse reading of veganism and wider social justice issues. Some of these are familiar to me, and some are on my list for 2019 and beyond. Some of these sources are easy to consume (follow on Instagram, listen to a podcast) and some require a greater (cognitive/time) commitment, but all -I believe- are worth it.

Books

Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters (Aph Ko and Syl Ko)

Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (Sunaura Taylor)

Veganism in an Oppressive World: A Vegans-of-Color Community Project (ed. Julia Feliz Brueck)

The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory (Carol J. Adams)

Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak (Dr A. Breeze Harper)

Aftershock – Confronting Trauma in a Violent World: A Guide for Activists and Their Allies (pattrice jones)

Afro-Vegan: Farm-Fresh African, Caribbean, and Southern Flavors Remixed (Bryant Terry)

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA_cUc0pchN/

Viva Vegan! 200 Authentic and Fabulous Recipes for Latin Food Lovers (Terry Hope Romero)

Protest Kitchen: Fight Injustice, Save the Planet, and Fuel Your Resistance One Meal at a Time (Carol J. Adams & Ginny Messina)

Food Justice: A Primer (Saryta Rodríguez)

Sister Species: Women, Animals and Social Justice (ed Lisa Kemmerer)

Striking at the Roots: A Practical Guide to Animal Activism (Mark Hawthorne)

Podcasts and Instagrammers to follow

Feminist Killjoys, PhD (RIP but see archives)

The VGN Podcast – A Podcast for petty people

Bitchy Shitshow (formerly Vegan Warrior Princesses Attack)

The Bearded Vegans

Woke Vegana

Black Feminist Vegan

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Nalgona Positivity Pride

Food Empowerment Project

Fat Vegan Voice

Afro Vegan Society

Chiaralascura

Camila Rosa

La Raza For Liberation

Brenda Sanders

Earthling Liberation Kollective

I hope you found this list inspirational for the year ahead, friends. This list is absolutely (of course) not exhaustive, so shout in the comments if you have any favourite books, podcasts, or folks that you recommend reading/listening to/following!


Diversify your veganism in 2019 with these books, podcasts, and social media accounts. #VeganismIsNotADiet! Great vegan lifestyle inspiration for all new, old, or transitioning vegans out there.


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6 comments

  1. 1) HOLY SHIT! I forgot that Isa filmed PPK in Prospect Heights. Yikes! Times have changed, I mean like I don’t think Isa can even afford the rent there lol.

    2) As for your cookbook selection I am hoping to review Viva Vegan this year. I realize that I have so many white females on my cookbook reviews, and want to expand. I WOULD LOVE to include Terry Bryant, but his recipes are soo fancy and use so many ingredients that it would make my weekly grocery bill high. Maybe and hopefully. I also want to borrow my Mom’s book Sweet Potato Soul. So many yummy looking recipes. Have you heard of Decolonize Your Diet? It is a cookbook I want to get at some point: http://decolonizeyourdiet.org/

    3) Thanks for all the recommendations! I added them to my goodreads list and instgram! I love all those podcasts but I had to stop listening to them because of the cursing. Not enough alone listening time. There is usually a little toddler, who doesn’t need to learn curse words yet.

  2. Thank you for this post, it is excellent! I’ve just added a bunch of books to my to read list, as well as some new people to follow.

  3. I always get something new and interesting whenever I read your blog. Thanks for this list, I’ve got a lot of good reading ahead of me.

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