I found an interesting article in the NY Times by Jeff Stryker that I wanted to share with everyone because it has sparked a lot of conversation among my veggie friends, particularly those who date carnivores.
Stryker writes about the newest sexual identity – vegansexuality – and the trend towards vegans rejecting carnivores as partners. In another recent CHOW article, “Single White Vegan Seeks Same: Is it shallow to consider diet when dating?”, author Helena Echlin says we should be more flexible.
Just like I wouldn’t ever date a smoker again, I know I wouldn’t be able to live with and share a kitchen with a meat eater, nevermind raise babies with them. Plus, according to this study, meat eaters smell bad, stating that “red meat consumption has a negative effect on perceived body odor hedonicity”. If my girlfriend started eating meat again, I wouldn’t call it quits, but I would have a hard time starting a new relationship with a meat eater. As a foodie, my life revolves around food, and if I couldn’t share that with my partner, it would be hard enough, but adding to that, having really different values about something like this would be problematic for me.
People are pretty divided though. Is this comparable to inter-religious dating for example? Am I being unreasonable? Leave a comment and tell me what you think.