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4 Develop your vegan voice and assertiveness.
this mean trampling over others? No, this means that you taking care of
yourself and the emerging, evolving veganism within you. This might
look like telling your friends that you can’t meet them at a steakhouse
because you don’t want to eat a plain baked potato and suggesting
something that works for everyone. It might look like you letting your
mother know that, no, your veganism isn’t “ruining” Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving may suck but you won’t take the fall for it. It might look
like you telling your co-worker that the bacon jokes are getting a
little tired. Humor can be part of your toolbox: saying something like
“Did you get a ‘bacon joke of the day,’ daily calendar or something?”
gets the point across. Probably because the Humorless, Scowling Vegan
is such an entrenched cultural stereotype, I personally let a lot slide
but I do not compromise my veganism or allow cruelty to animals to be
mocked, at least not without giving as good – or better – derision as I
get. Be mindful of the ways you might contort yourself in an attempt to
assuage someone else’s discomfort, inconvenience or annoyance. Some
practice with assertiveness training goes a long way.
One excellent resource for understanding and defending against a vast array of misleading arguments against veganism is Your Vegan Fallacy Is... It is a treasure trove that is updated all the time.
Don’t ever apologize for doing the right thing.
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