The Asexual Community & Veg*n Communities, Conclusion

So, what does asexuality mean for veg*n communities? As I said in Part 1 Part 1, not much. However, even though compulsory sexuality / hostility towards aces doesn’t manifest too frequently in veg*n communities, some people do hold those attitudes, and a greater number do things such as, say, equate love with sex. That said, since there is a core group of people who are deeply involved in the asexual movement and veg*n movements, I expect that veg*n movements will become ace-friendly at a faster pace than society in general (or, more specifically, the vegn*n movements which have a core group of vocal aces will become ace-friendly at a faster pace).

What does veg*nism mean for asexuality. Again, not much. Both asexuality and veg*nism have been placed into the social justice view of the world (asexuals as a non-privileged group, veg*ns as allies of nonhuman animals), yet I don’t think the social justice model of the world is the best fit for understanding asexuality or veg*nism (though some asexuals and veg*ns disagree with me), and both often get attacked by social justice activists.

The fact that is such a large number of veg*ns in the asexual movement means that thoughts, ideas, and tool of the veg*n movements are no doubt making their way into the asexual movement as well. I suppose the flow of ideas could go the other way as well, but considering just how much bigger veg*n movements are than the asexual movement, I think more will flow from veg*n -> asexual.

There are also times when there is a clash between non-veg*n and veg*n asexuals. I described an example in Part 2, and Talia describes their own experience.

So When Is the Ace Vegetarian Club Going to Open?

That’s a really good question. Another good question is where will it be, since of course it has to be an offline club – how else are we going to be able to share yummy vegan food? Would anybody join a San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Ace Vegetarian Club?

6 thoughts on “The Asexual Community & Veg*n Communities, Conclusion

  1. I heard some good moral arguments for veg*nism on an atheist podcast (the Reasonable Doubts podcast, which is now hosted over at Freethought Blogs, one main hub of the New Atheist online community).

    Now thanks to you, and thanks to reading posts like Talia’s (which I did read a long time ago and was very memorable to me) I’m getting more perspective on veganism, simply because I’m reading asexuality-related blog posts.

    I’m not seeking out stuff about it, not really, yet I’m learning a lot.

    I feel like I should… apologize to you for not being a vegan myself (or even a vegetarian) – at least not yet, but I know apologies aren’t what you want, you want us to change.

    I just wanted to let you know that you have successfully made me feel a bit guilty, and to maybe reconsider my ethical stance on the animal products I consume daily. šŸ˜›

    (And I really wish I could get an email update when you post a new blog post, like I do for most of the other asexuality wordpress blogs… but I can’t seem to figure out how to do it with yours. I’m already “following” the blog, but that, apparently, is not enough.)

    Thank you for writing a 5-part series for this Carnival of Aces topic. It was fascinating.

    • If you are transitioning, or even if you’re just considering transitioning, punishing yourself for any time you consume nonhuman animal parts / secretions is probably not going to help. Around the time I started the transition from semi-vegetarian to vegan, I encountered a good bit of advice – try a new vegan food every day (whether you buy it or prepare it on your own). It gives you something to focus on other than ‘I must avoid x, y, and z, and if I don’t, I’m a bad person’, which, based on my anecdotal observations, is not the most effective way to change behavior.

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