Reactions when you tell people you are a vegetarian

 
    • x-D-x disse...
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    • Dez 5 2005, 18h40

    Reactions when you tell people you are a vegetarian

    I was just wondering what is the most common respond you get when people find out that you don't eat meat. More times than not I get a bad reaction from people that go to my school. But when I talk to people outside of my school, I tend to get only a good responce. Whenever I tell people that go to my school though it tends to erupt into a big debate being focused on "you can't change anything" or "it is only natural."

    Anybody else? or is it just Cheektowaga NY?

  • it depends...

    since i work in an NGO and volunteer for other NGOs, many of my friends are human rights / environmental activists and most of them are vegetarians too. their response is usually positive...

    but people are different. when a non-vegetarian finds out that i am a vegetarian, they're usually surprised. some of them (like aunties) start asking "and don't you miss meat?", others are bothering and trying to cast doubt upon vegetarianism (just to show they're the best and others are assholes), sometimes (but more rarely) i notice something like an "admiring" look... sometimes this information starts a discussion, i don't make anyone go vegan/vegetarian, but if someone attacks, i... do attack too. in mainstream pubs (not vegetarian restaurants where i usually go) i meet sometimes with a strange kind of aversion, i'm just "that strange" for some waiters. :o)

    • amprok disse...
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    • Dez 5 2005, 21h17
    you live in the north east, which in my limited experience, seems pretty unfriendly to vegetarians.

    that said, i usually get 'well, what DO you eat?'

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    • Dez 5 2005, 22h18
    I had to keep it a secret from my farmer landlord of ten years. Though I'm far from being a shrinking violet, he made it clear he felt vegetarianism was the most extreme (and insane) aberration humans could perpetrate. And so I held counsel. The countryside in England is, or can be, rather like that. Dunno if this accounts for the concentration of veggies in green and pleasant London:-)

    cheers

    Paul

  • I've had similar experiences with x-D-x. At my school, since I'm still fairly young, I'm one of very few my age who are don't eat meat. When people do find out that I'm vegetarian they either give me a weird look followed by a persistent (and annoying) argument about how it doesn't produce results, or they do that whole "admiring" thing. Either way it's pretty funny their response, but normally I keep a low profile about those sort of things.

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    • Dez 6 2005, 16h10
    The reactions to not eating meat has never been that terribly reactionary at all. Possibly a few hillbillies rubbing there hands and saying "Golly, I looooove me some ribs! Ooohweee!". More or less what really seems to be cause for concern is the veganism. Either way I just give my best bored look and that seems to put me back in alpha. Though, I try not to talk to people, so this is all really few and far between.

    • Mmantra disse...
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    • Dez 7 2005, 11h25
    Most of the time people start asking pretty dumb questions (that lead to a debate) and some times they just say "oh, nice" or something else in a neutral/positive way. Not very often do I get a negative or agressive reaction, or something that evolves into a huge debate.

    And I've noticed the reaction doesn't depend on age. Alot of old people, and alot of immature young people both can have a very negative attitute towards vegetarianism.

    Over the years I've learned how to steer clear of situations that easily lead to arguments, which are really useless or even harmful. Some times you gotta roll your eyes and/or smile and just keep your mouth shut. Even though in general veganism and animal rights aren't issues I suggest be kept quiet about...

    • oo0oo disse...
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    • Dez 7 2005, 16h30
    Living in a very rural farming and ranching community in Colorado, USA. I often get hassled by this. I actually live on one of the larger former ranches in my community, although all we have now is horses and dogs.

    When I have went with co-workers, aquaintances, etc out to eat. Even though they know I am a vegetarian and have been for over 21 years, they continually shove fork fulls of their dead animals in my face and ask me to try some, saying it won't hurt you to have one bite. I've come to notice that many people are really ignorant when it comes to something they don't understand or agree with. I have never tried to force my views on animal rights/vegetarianism onto anyone, yet I have yet to meet a meat eater who doesn't verbally force their beliefs onto me once they know I am vegetarian.

    Even recently at Thanksgiving, distant family who also knew I was a vegetarian asked me to try some turkey. It gets old, it gets sick at times, but I believe that if I remain calm, don't give them the reaction they are looking for I would hopefully be seen as a person who truly believes in who I am and what I stand for and maybe that in itself will make them realize they were wrong and inquire about why I am a vegetarian. I too try to remain free of arguements and debates, especially religious debates about "animals being put on earth for human consumption"...

    Peace..
    oo0oo

    One Who Dreams Alone..
    • pi disse...
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    • Dez 7 2005, 22h50

    Re:

    Quoth oo0oo:
    [..] I too try to remain free of arguements and debates, especially religious debates about "animals being put on earth for human consumption"...

    Peace..
    oo0oo


    My first response to someone bringing that crap up would be "so.. do you believe in Free Will?" if they get to the point that they argue it is a "sin" not to eat animals then even they should realise they are bonkers :). It is usually possible to turn most religious arguments around - there are so many inconsistencies.

    I used to get into heated debates defending my vegetarianism when I was younger (<20) but now (24) I only enter into that sort of debate if I think there's genuine intellectual value to be had (i.e. the more philosophical type). Oddly enough this lack of "defense" of my vegetarianism has recently been interpreted as weak, not self assured as I had hoped :).

    In terms of intolerance/ignorance/lack of respect of vegetarianism the most disturbing thing I heard recently from a non-vegetarian was his relish in telling me that he had once had a vegetarian friend around for an evening meal and forgotten about it when cooking the meal. So he just transferred some of it to a separate dish, took the chunks of meat out of it and served it to the friend as "vegetarian". And because the friend didn't notice, this was somehow ok.. some friend!

  • x-D-x, I can completely relate to you. I have the same experience. At my school there are many students who think I'm ridiculous because i don't eat meat. Often times I feel like they are almost angry at me for choosing not to eat animals. It's very stange but i guess to some people animals aren't worth that much and they find it dumb that I think animals are more than food.

    Nancytron
  • Oh, I would also like to point out that i live in San Francisco so it isn't just New York.

    Nancytron
  • The responses I get very from situation to situation and person to person. With people my age, it's usually something like, "Oh. That's cool." or "Oh. That sucks." With my family, it's "What do you eat?", "You're still doing that." "You want some chicken?" And other people that are older than me usually say, "Oh. Wow. I wish I could do that. You must be really healthy."

    This is in Atlanta and SC (my hometown).

  • i usually get a somewhat negative responce from people..then it gets turned into a debate and when they try to defend themselves it ends up not making sence and they sound like idiots..i've learned to ignore it.

    s*h*a*i*n*a.
    • KLayne disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 3h58
    Yea, all of my friends think I'm an odd ball. I refuse to eat school lunch (never ate school lunch ever..and I've been in the school system for 12 years), and I bring raw veggies- usually broc. I'm a lacto-vegetarian, I'm too scared to go all the way vegan.

    • Lukinx disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 11h42
    Scared? Of what?

    • amprok disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 13h53

    Re:

    Quoth Lukinx:
    Scared? Of what?

    • l'ombre disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 15h58
    my situation is very close to others : "what do you eat?", "do you eat fish?". Many people ask "but, ... why ?????". And of course all these guys with great open mind who always talks about big pieces of MEAT (screaming) and about the great physical value of meat...

    Lots of people are very and sincerly embarrassed with the menu of their lunch : "what do i do for you ???". It's very significative of the french cooking (i live in france, if my very good english spoken doesn't make you find this before...) which cannot exist without meat : "poule au pot", "poulet de bresse", "boeuf bourguignon"...

    • amprok disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 17h08

    Re:

    Quoth l'ombre:
    my situation is very close to others : "what do you eat?", "do you eat fish?". Many people ask "but, ... why ?????". And of course all these guys with great open mind who always talks about big pieces of MEAT (screaming) and about the great physical value of meat...

    Lots of people are very and sincerly embarrassed with the menu of their lunch : "what do i do for you ???". It's very significative of the french cooking (i live in france, if my very good english spoken doesn't make you find this before...) which cannot exist without meat : "poule au pot", "poulet de bresse", "boeuf bourguignon"...




    hook us up with some vegan french recipes yo!

    • l'ombre disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 17h27
    vegan french recipes ???
    it's not french, but you can try this einstürzende neueküchen

    But, you make me think that's i must defend my national gastronomy !!!

    i will search...

    • KLayne disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 18h16
    I don't think I could give up yogurt :(..that is why I'm scared

    • amprok disse...
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    • Dez 9 2005, 18h31

    Re:

    Quoth KLayne:
    I don't think I could give up yogurt :(..that is why I'm scared

    there are a billion vegan soy yogurts,
    some are good, some are terrible.

    and.

    dont let your taste buds dictate your morality.

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    • Dez 10 2005, 10h23
    In my school it isn't a strange thing to be a vegetarian - let me count.. ~5 people of my class is vegetarians so I'm not the only one. Non-veggie people usually ask "Why?" and then it's best to ask back why not. ;)

  • People in school think I'm even more of a freak now that they know I'm a vegetarian... I always get offers like "Hey do you want a cheeseburger?" or stupid stuff like that, "I hope you don't die from the lack of protein" of course the sarcastic comments... it's the same way at work, I actually got in a debate with one of my customers about the morality and health goodness of going veg. To this day I haven't seen him buy one piece of meat.

    It's funny how people don't realize you don't need meat to get the required amount of nutrients :)

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  • I've found that if a person is ignorant/shallow-minded, they will react adversely when I tell them I'm a vegeterian. If I tell someone who is generally knowledgable/open-minded, they don't make a fuss and are positive in their response

    had the hardest time trying to convince my parents it was healthy to be vegeterian. "But where will you get protein?" . . . "You're not really helping animals, you know."

    They still try and goad me into eating meat whenever I go back home. I generally give them the death stare until they get it through their heads that I'm serious about this vegeterian thing.

    • SEALi0N disse...
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    • Dez 12 2005, 1h11
    I go to a school that is in a town surrounded by farm land, and, well, farmers. Most of the kids there either hunt or eat their livestock, so they think the idea of vegetarianism is just absurd. Some of the kids that live outside the school understand the idea when I explain, but the rest are just like, "WTF are you doing?!"

    hah :]

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