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#1 Old 09-05-2012, 11:45 PM
 
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I tried to post this in the support forums, but it wouldn't let me. I'm fairly new here, maybe that's why?

Anyway, I finished becoming vegetarian about two weeks ago, and yesterday I went to college as a vegetarian for the first time. I think it's still considered school in the US. Anyway, I'm a guy, and as I understand it, there is an association between being masculine and eating meat. I don't want to lie about it, so I was wondering how I might deal with any BS I might get. Any experience of this from male veg*ns here?

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#2 Old 09-06-2012, 12:05 AM
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Welcome to VB.

 

I have been vegetarian during my whole life. Never had any problem with my masculinity. But I live in Holland.


My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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#3 Old 09-06-2012, 05:36 AM
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1.As a vegetarian, you're less likely to have blood pressure problems, which means, 30 years from now, your "little fellow" probably won't need viagra while theirs will.

 

(It's even truer for vegans because eggs and dairy still contain quite a bit of fat and cholesterol)

 

2. A man who stands up for what is right is much more attractive than someone who blindly follows the status quo.

 

3. You canpoint out that athletes such as Mike Tyson and Mac Danzig are vegans.

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#4 Old 09-06-2012, 06:12 AM
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I know several males who are vegetarian, including my boyfriend. They are all in great athletic shape and otherwise have nothing "girly" about them. I know that there are several professional athletes who are vegetarian or vegan. For example, this guy. It doesn't much matter what people say to you, usually they will probably just be joking. As long as you are firm in your convictions and know that what they are saying is stupid and unfounded, it shouldn't bother you too much or make you want to give up your lifestyle.

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#5 Old 09-06-2012, 11:19 AM
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Hexagon,

Male raw vegan here. No need to defend yourself or ever even feel ashamed of choosing crops over cows. Macho meat-eaters are just the adult version of the bullies in school that used to make fun of anyone with cooties.

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#6 Old 09-06-2012, 02:24 PM
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My brother is running half marathons. He is 76 and lifelong vegetarian.


My usual answer: I have never heard a convincing reason to eat meat.
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#7 Old 09-06-2012, 03:22 PM
 
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I became a vegetarian over 15 years ago to get a competitive edge in distance running and soccer. The goal was to eat things that would contribute to endurance, a grueling training regimen that didn't tolerate a lot of sluggish/digestion time. Stayed with it long after those college years. 

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#8 Old 09-06-2012, 03:26 PM
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My brother is running half marathons. He is 76 and lifelong vegetarian.

That is just flipping awesome. grin.gif:thumbup:
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#9 Old 09-07-2012, 07:49 PM
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I don't even care about masculinity. I just say I do it because it's the right thing to do.
And I sit down to piss because it's more hygienic. haters gonna hate. come at me bro
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#10 Old 09-07-2012, 10:04 PM
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Some of the best fighters in the world are vegan/vegetarian (Nick and Nate Diaz along with Jake shields). I'm very skinny so I hear about it from time to time (I was just as skinny when I ate meat) but honestly I don't get too much trouble at school, more just from my family.

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#11 Old 09-08-2012, 12:48 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies, all. Its kinda reassuring.

 

I should mention that I'm not the one with overinflated ideas about masculinity - I've just suffered bullying in the past, and I don't want to do so again.

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