Radical Veganism, Intersectionality, and Queerness

Anyone who is familiar with mainstream “vegan twitter” has probably learned that there is a particular classification: white liberals.  With this, we get what we expect: the rhetoric of neoliberalism.  As neoliberals do, this group has ignored systemic boundaries to making veganism accessible both locally and globally, ignored the intersections such as race, gender/sex, disability, ethnicity, etc, and has emphasized individual consumer choice.  This group has become a sort of moral police, placing burdens on ALL individuals and decontextualizing the matters.  For a long while, this group even ignored the existence of food deserts.  This can lead to anti-poor sentiments, even if the ones speaking are poor themselves.  It has lead to ableist rhetoric.  The white, settler-colonial moralism has also been met with resistance from BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) because colonialism has always sought not just to take over land and people, but to take over meaning and BEING.  This is known as the coloniality of being and has been countered by  Epistemic Disobedience.  One method of controlling ways of knowing and being/doing was white colonial prescriptive moral absolutisms.  Thus, this neoliberal sort of plant-based/anti-speciesist advocation with the tone of moralism/superiority is White Veganism (see: Dismantling White Veganism)

A radical veganism goes beyond this White vegan nonsense (parallel white veganism with white feminism).  Radical veganism welcomes a plethora of tactics, centered around intersectional, international analysis.  Radical veganism focuses on individual EMPOWERMENT and inclusion rather than individual consumer choice and  exclusionary gatekeeping.  Individual enpowerment would look like poor people teaching other poor people the POSSIBLE ways that poor people can POSSIBLY go vegan, accessing boundaries to the actualization of those potentials, and working towards systemic change.  Going beyond individual consumer choice, radical veganism, in the new wave beyond White Veganism, acknowledges that human liberation and nonhuman animal liberation are inextricably linked and require eradication of capitalism and all dominant Institutions. Being radical, veganism requires decolonization.  Decolonization is about indigenization, de-ideologizing everyday realities, and privileging marginalized voices (see, for example: “Decolonizing the diet: towards an Indigenous veganism“)

So, why is a blog on asexuality talking about animal liberation?  That is because my queer identity (as enby/trans and bi-grey ace) is not separable from my veganism/anti-speciesism, and I’d like to draw attention to this intersection.  I haven’t pondered up anything myself about asexuality and animal liberation particularly, but this blog is just rambles and ideas.  Since queerness and animal liberation are linked, surely asexuality is included, since asexuality is queer.  Instead of continuing on in writing, I’ve provided the backdrop of radical veganism for this 40 minute youtube video here, by Christopher-Sebastian McJetters “Queering Animal LIberation: why animal rights is a queer issue

Further Intersectional Vegan Books (almost all are free to download here)

Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?: Reflections n the Liberation of Animals 

Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation

Sistah Vegan: Black Females Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism, and Global Conflict

Sister Species: Women, Animals, and Social Justice

Earth, Animal, and Disability Liberation: the Rise of the Eco-Ability Movement

The Politics of Total Liberation: Revolution for the 21st Century

Total Liberation: the Power and Promise of Animal Rights and the Radical Earth Movement

Anarchism and Animal Liberation: Essays on Complementary Elements of Total Liberation

 

Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights

Critical Theory and Animal Liberation

Making a Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights

Articles/Papers/Videos

3 Reasons Black Folks Don’t Join the Animal Rights Movement – and Why We Should

A Queer Vegan Manifesto

Indigenous Veganism: Feminist Natives Do Eat Tofu  (Also a 14 minute talk)

Palabra on Indigenous Veganism

Afrofuturism and Black Veganism: Towards a New Citizenship  

Three Ways Black Veganism Challenges White Supremacy 

Disability, Animals, and the Environment

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