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#1 Old 09-01-2018, 02:35 PM
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A ‘Hegan’ Is a Man Who Knows It’s Masculine AF to Be Vegan

“Hegan” is a portmanteau term created to describe men who are also vegan. While the etymological origins of the word are unknown, an informal Google search reveals that the top definition on slang website Urban Dictionary dates back to March 2010.

While not common, “hegan” seems to have emerged as a result of a study conducted at the University of Southampton. Researchers found that many men who are looking to reduce or completely eliminate meat often fear backlash from meat-eating male colleagues. In the British daily newspaper The Telegraph, writer Hannah Betts tackles the social repercussions faced by male vegans under the headline: “Laugh all you want at ‘hegans’, but everyone knows real men don’t eat meat.”

“We found that many men are interested in eating less meat, they just need social permission to do so,” said Emma Roe, a researcher at Southampton University who believes that adopting a plant-based diet is necessary in the fight against climate change. “Men in the year-long research experienced social isolation among groups of male friends and acquaintances after reducing animal protein intake.”

“As more men make vegetarian and vegan choices, that permission is becoming more readily available,” Roe added. The research suggested that men who eat plant-based in public may have tougher personalities, hence the neologism, “hegan,” which implies no loss of masculinity.
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#3 Old 09-06-2018, 02:50 PM
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Yes! We need to redefine masculinity to include cruelty-free living. I started a brand (VeganWear // veganwear.us) aimed at this exactly. The goal is to show that being vegan can be sexy and masculine. Feedback is very welcome.

Unfortunately, there's still a bias toward eating meat being seen as manly, but that's changing. It needs to so that we can help more men go vegetarian/vegan.
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#4 Old 09-25-2018, 07:30 AM
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It is interesting to note that apparently, ancient Gladiators were essentially vegans. They believed that eating meat made them slow. So, their diet consisted of mostly barley.
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