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hey i was wondering if anyone would like to help me out and answer the following questions for my year 12 assignemnt? it would be greatly appreciated<br><br><br>
1. age<br>
2. gender<br>
3. Are you a vegetarian?<br>
4. for how long?<br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), dont eat red meat, fish etc.<br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?<br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not<br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why<br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?<br>
11. do you believe that an individuals gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?<br>
12. Why do you think that is<br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?<br><br>
Thankyou very much for your time in filling this out. This is greatly appreciated.
 

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27<br><br><b>2. gender</b><br>
Male<br><br><b>3. Are you a vegetarian?</b><br>
Vegan<br><br><b>4. for how long?</b><br>
about 10 years<br><br><b>5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.</b><br>
I know loads of vegans (live with 2 and a veggie), one of my cousins is veggie, a bunch of my friends are vegan, some guys I went to college with are vegan, 2 of my collegues are veggie, one is vegan. And so on...<br><br><b>6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?</b><br>
the family dog (Benji) died and I suddenly saw the connection between her (a member of my family) and non-human animals that were not part of my -or any other- family. I stopped eating meat, a few months later I read about the dairy industry etc and decided I couldn't encourage/accept that any more.<br><br><b>7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not</b><br>
Not really. I knew some veggies but wasn't particularly interested in what others thought. I didn't know any vegans - I knew of a couple- and just went ahead with it on my own.<br><br><br><b>8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why</b><br>
It's not necessary at all. Millions of people don't eat meat and are absolutely fine, weather they're mungbean sprout obsessed yoga-feaks, professional athletes, or beer-swilling knobs like me.<br><br><b>9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants</b><br>
Plenty of restaurants have specifically veggie stuff on their menus, some have vegan stuff. Just yesterday I was in a shop by my office and noticed that not only was the flapjack on the shelf vegan, but that it was actually labled as such. Also, some supermarkets have vegan labling now, even some cosmetics in high street stores. Things have come a long way over the years.<br><br><b>10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?</b><br>
Access to vegan wine in pubs! Also, Vegan ale on tap! And more readily available information/access to prescription medicines that haven't been tested on animals - I've only had 2 prescriptions in the last 10 years, but it's more of an issue for other people.<br><br><b>11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?</b><br>
I wouldnt've thought so, I can't really say as I've only ever been one gender. I suppose some people associate meat-eating with masculinity, but those people are morons and I can't imagine people really caring what's said by them. I've known a male vegan builder, a male veggie builder, a vegan female champion weightlifter, a female vegan architect, male/female veggie journalists, and everyone seems to get along well enough so far as I can tell.<br><br><b>12. Why do you think that is</b><br>
Most people are able to process information that's in front of them and can see that gender really doesn't have anything to do with it. Also, if you;ve come to the decision that meat is murder (or whatever) you're hardly likely to be disuaded from that decision by some chauvenist.<br><br><b>13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?</b><br>
Not really of male vegetarians, but perhaps of vegetarians in general - as hippies or pasty liberals or whatever.<br><br><b>14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?</b><br>
I can't see that the two are necessarily linked. Vegetarians/vegans, like non-veggies come in all shapes and sizes, as well as different frames of mind. That said, a guy once said to me 'is your girlfriend vegan too?' I replied that she was and he said 'she must be quite slender' to which I replied that she was, and how did he know 'well, because she's vegan' he said, 'but I'm vegan too, and have been for longer than her. I'm not slender, far from it!'
 

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1. Age: <b>24</b><br>
2. Gender: <b>Female</b><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian? <b>Yes, vegan.</b><br>
4. For how long? <b>≈ 10 years? Several vegetarian, a couple vegan.</b><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), dont eat red meat, fish etc. <b>Vegetarians DO NOT eat fish or poultry, just for your reference. If someone still eats these things and is simply cutting out red meat, it does not make them a vegetarian. Vegetarianism means abstaining from all meats. Answering the question: I didn't know any other veg*ns in person for a long time but my boyfriend's sister is a fellow vegan and he also follows a vegan diet.</b><br>
6. For what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan? <b>Animal rights, environmental, personal health, food efficiency/world hunger.</b><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not? <b>A while ago, an online friend of mine and I decided to go vegan together. When being provided the information about dairy/egg production and health benefits, it just made sense.</b><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why? <b>Absolutely not, most people are able to get all the nutrients they need without animal products.</b><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants. <b>There are veg-friendly restaurants and grocery stores in my area as well as veg*n meetup groups.</b><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you? <b>Other people's misconceptions make it difficult to 'come out' and use the v-word. Often, I'll instead say I follow a plant based diet and lifestyle or that I'm a type of strict vegetarian. I'm also constantly offered fish, poultry, dairy or egg products due to misinformation but I can politely decline. It just stinks if someone tries to sneak it in my food or lie about it (my aunt) and so I can't trust what's offered to me at times. My parents and brother are really good about it these days though.</b><br>
11. Do you believe that an individuals gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian? <b>I think veg myths and stereotypes can be especially hard on men although women can receive quite a bit of criticism as well, especially mothers.</b><br>
12. Why do you think that is? <b>Protein and soy myths for starters (i.e. soy makes men grow breasts - completely untrue) although many get along fine without soy products if they choose to avoid it anyway. Sadly men showing compassion to animals might also be seen as weak to some when it's quite the opposite. For mothers, some may think a veg*n diet isn't suitable or is dangerous for children or baby development when it isn't true at all.</b><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it? <b>See above.</b><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society? <b>My weight has been regulated (I used to have trouble keeping my weight up). I see it being 'advertised' in the mainstream media lately as a way to lose weight and become healthier. Hoping it creates less demand for animal products.</b>
 

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1. 23<br><br>
2. Male<br><br>
3. Vegan<br><br>
4. Six years.<br><br>
5. The closest I have is a cousin and her husband who are flexitarians; they're also becoming closer and closer to becoming vegetarians every day.<br><br>
6. Health, the environment, and animal rights/welfare.<br><br>
7. Nope. I knew of none when I made my transition.<br><br>
8. Of course not. The human anatomy, and the effects of meat consumption on the human body have proven to me that eating meat shouldn't even be considered a viable food source for humans.<br><br>
9. Not at all. My local grocer sells one or two vegetarian supplements, but that's it. I'm usually shocked whenever I find "vegan" or "vegetarian" text on labels. And no, I don't eat fortified foods or use dietary supplements.<br><br>
10. Acceptance of the lifestyle, but I could care less. I'm usually very snide when someone asks me a stupid question about my lifestyle. I can easily find the food to make great dishes at my local grocery store without any trouble. I do have to make my own spreads, though.<br><br>
11. I've once been told, "Why don't you just go suck a **** and get it over with?". So, yes. I'm considered effeminate for being veg*n. Derp.<br><br>
12. Because people are idiots, pretty much. Misinformation about protein, and how widely accepted it is that meat eating promotes masculinity.<br><br>
13. See above.<br><br>
14. Before I made my transition to veganism, I weighed 300 pounds. In only a couple of months after the transition, I lost 120 pounds of the 300. I now weigh 160 pounds, and have kept to that weight since 2005. As for popularity, I don't see it at all. But then again, I don't even have a television. Thank gawd.
 

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1. age- <b>23</b><br>
2. gender- <b>female</b><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian?- <b>vegan</b><br>
4. for how long?- <b>20+ years veggie, 1 year vegan</b><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.- <b>My aunt and dad are vegan. My mum and brother, two of my friends (female) and their sister, another female friend and a male cousin are vegetarian. Some of my extended family (aunts, uncles) are "vegetarians" but I recently found out that some eat fish and others I'm not close enough to to be sure what their lifestyle is like.</b><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?- <b>raised vegetarian, went vegan for ethical reasons</b><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not-<b>yes, my parent's raised me vegetarian and I didn't see meat as food. My aunt being vegan made me think about it but my going vegan was much more influenced by my own research.</b><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why- <b>No! And I doubyt anybody on here will believe that. I haven't eaten meat since I was 3, my brother never has. We are very healthy, the worst illness I've had was the flu, I've never broken a bone, and get sick very rarely, especially since going vegan I don't think I've been sick at all. Plus scientifically all necessary nutrients for health can be obtained from a fortified vegan diet.</b><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants- <b>Yes- almost all products in the UK use the 'V' sign if they are suitable for vegetarians and almost all restaurants mark their vegetarian meals the same way. There is an increasing use of 'suitable for vegans' or the vegan society symbol on meals in restaurants and on products. My university offers several vegan meal options marked with the vegan society logo.</b><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?- <b>Other people's attitudes and ignorance, although most people I know are fine. Eating out is usually fine but going somewhere the staff don't have a clue is annoying.</b><br>
11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?- <b>I'm not sure. My dad is vegan and my brother is vegetarian, but I have no idea if they get any flak from their male friends.</b><br>
12. Why do you think that is- <b>Lack of education and lack of acceptance that men can be caring and compassionate.</b><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?- <b>Probably a hippy type person, or skinny and weak, which is the impression I get from the media view of vegans.</b><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?- <b>Vegetarians are generally considered to be 'slim' and even 'healthy' by the media. I think for some it is a fad diet.</b>
 

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1. 23<br>
2. female<br>
3. Vegan<br>
4. Was a vegetarian from the age of 13-19, then had a period for about 2 years with meateating, then went back to vegetarianism and then I went vegan.<br>
5. My best friend is vegan. Several people in my old schools were vegetarian, my ex boyfriend ate mostly vegan<br>
6. Can't support animal abuse<br>
7. Just the fact that I met other vegetarians when I was younger made me see that it was possible to not eat meat. I came from a meateating family so meeting vegetarians helped me realize that's what I wanted to be.<br>
8. No<br>
9. Vegetarian options at restaurants are becoming more common. Vegan options are rare.<br>
10. Being vegan when traveling can be a challange. Otherwise I find it quite easy.<br>
11. I think meat is considered manly by some...<br>
12. It's linked close together with manhood in some peoples eyes I think; hunting, loving your meat is considered masculine traits, while it's considered female traits to be horrified by animal abuse and slaughther. I don't agree with this at all.<br>
13. Don't know fore males. Vegetarians in general seem to be thought of as either deprived, unhealthy people, or as extremely healthy, it depends on who you ask really. I have been met with both of these assumptions.<br>
14. I think it's good that the health benefits of vegetarianism is talked about in the media. It's important that people start to see how vegetarianism can benefit their health. Unfortunately I haven't noticed any increased popularity.<br>
Personally I have experienced a number of health benefits since going vegan; my weight is quite low and very stable. I weighted slightly more as a meateater. I never get colds, my IBS that I had terrible problems with before has improved significantly, certain other health issues that I had before have just disappeared.
 

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1. age<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">52</span><br>
2. gender<br>
Ma<span style="color:#FF0000;">le (Although I have been warned my some friends that my eating habits could make me a woman</span>)<br>
3. Are you a vegetarian?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Yes</span><br>
4. for how long?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Only 5 months so far, but I currently see no reason to go back to meat</span><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Yes, but only two others that I know personally</span><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">At first health, then after researching animal treatment I discovered that eating meat and claiming to be an animal lover just did not work well together.</span><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">No, as a matter of fact, the in your face attitude of those I do know actually caused me to eat more meat when they were around</span><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Not if you can come up with a balanced vegitarian diet that you can live with</span>.<br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">It is not a noticed lifestyle in the Annapolis MD area, but I have noticed that some places are changing to serve the veggie consumers</span><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Finding food when traveling. It does not really affect me since I use a travel trailer, but I will have to learn grilling methods for things other than flesh.</span><br>
11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">Absolutely, I believe that there are far more Female Vegetarians than male, Maybe because females are generally the more compassionate of the sexes.</span><br>
12. Why do you think that is<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">As I mentioned, Females are the more compassionate of the sexes and also have a greater concern about their looks than men.</span><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">He is gay. I have already been requested to turn in my "Man Card" by some of my flesh eating friends</span>.<br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?<br><span style="color:#FF0000;">I have lost weight and feel better about myself. I have noticed that this is reflected in how I deal with others around me. The general theory that I always held was that vegetarians were slight, weak and sickly. Im not seeing that in myself yet.</span><br><br>
Thankyou very much for your time in filling this out. This is greatly appreciated.
 

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1. age <span>36</span><br>
2. gender <span>female</span><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian? <span style="color:#FF00FF;">vegan</span><br>
4. for how long? <span>3 yrs</span><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.<span>don't know any personally</span><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?<span>health & ethical</span><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not <span>somewhat, influenced by their experiences and knowledge</span><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why <span>no</span><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br><span style="color:#FF00FF;">It is noticed but not widely accepted. At most restaurant in my area vegan options are hard to find</span><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you? <span style="color:#FF00FF;">I don't think it is difficult but it can be inconvenient when going out to eat or attending events where food is served.</span><br>
11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian? <span>I think it may be slightly less accepted for men to be vegetarians</span><br>
12. Why do you think that is <span>Because of the misconception about soy being harmful to men and the idea the meat is "manly"</span><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it? <span>Might be, probably that they are less manly</span><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society? <span>I don't see how it related to body image. I feel better about myself and healthier since I stopped eating animals & animal products but it did not affect my body image.</span>
 

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1. age<br><b>50</b><br><br>
2. gender<br><b>Female</b><br><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian?<br><b>Yes, vegetarian since 1997, vegan since 2008</b>.<br><br>
4. for how long? <b>See above</b>.<br><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.<br><b>Yes, two male vegetarian friends, 1 female vegetarian friend</b>.<br><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?<br>
I<b>nitially for health and environment, but now it is mainly for the animals. I don't believe we have the right to exploit animals for our pleasure.</b><br><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not?<br><b>I wasn't influenced by anyone specific, but I just starting aligning more with the views of vegetarians and vegans regarding animal cruelty/rights.</b><br><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat?<br><b>No</b>. <b>There is plenty of evidence to show that meat-eating is not necessary for survival.</b><br><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br><b>It's much more recognized than it was, say, 15 or 20 years ago. Restaurants now offer vegetarian and vegan items, and staff are more receptive to modifying a meal to make it vegan. Just the other day, I went to a Mexican restaurant with a friend and was able to get a vegan version of a vegetarian burrito (it initially had dairy in the pumpkin sauce). The owner actually came out to make sure my questions and concerns were addressed. Also, grocery stores are now carrying plenty of animal-free products. I think it's more about health vegetarians rather than ethics, but whatever the reasons, the diet/lifestyle is becoming more recognized and accommodated.</b><br><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?<br><b>For me, it's mostly in social situations with friends. Some tend to roll their eyes when we dine out because I will ask questions about certain dishes. I try to do this ahead of time, if I know where we are going, but if it's a spontaneous decision to eat out, they sometimes get annoyed with me and my questions. Also, some of them were fine with my being vegetarian, but they balked when I went vegan. They see it as too restrictive, though I often tell them about the meals I prepare and they claim to think they sound tasty. If it were that restrictive, I'd be a lot thinner than I am <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">.</b><br><br>
11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?<br><b>Yes, I believe gender is a factor in the perception of vegetarians. There are still some people who believe men aren't real men unless they are tearing into a caveman cut steak. Women are viewed as more compassionate, so it's not as looked down upon if you are a female veg*an.</b><br><br>
12. Why do you think that is? <b>See above.<br></b><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br><b>Yes, for male and female: it's the sickly, pale, skinny, hippie vegetarian. For males, there is the stereotypical unmanly veggie.</b><br><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society? <b>I guess for health-oriented vegetarians, they would see results in terms of weight loss and such. For me, the impact is spiritual, not physical, so body image is not a factor. I just feel better mentally because I'm living my live according to my beliefs. The guilt of eating/using products generated through animal cruelty and exploitation is gone now.</b>
 

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1. age <b>55</b><br>
2. gender <b>Male</b><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian? <b>Yes</b><br>
4. for how long? <b>28 years</b><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), dont eat red meat, fish etc. <b>No, Not a one! Except on this Forum.</b><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan? <b>Ethical reasons</b><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not. <b>No. Didn't know any</b>.<br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why <b>No, it isn't necessary at all.</b><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br><b>Yes, it's recognised in society, but not enough! Should be more food choices. Where I come from anyway.</b><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you? <b>Getting something decent to eat!</b><br>
11. do you believe that an individuals gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian? <b>I know I always have been, but others maybe not.</b><br>
12. Why do you think that is <b>Undoubtedly a stupid macho thing!</b><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br><b>Oh no doubt! men are probably seen as weird and unmanly, being Veggie.</b><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?<br><b>Well, probably helps to keep weight down which is a good thing, and in today's world, sadly, probably gets you further!<br></b>
 

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1. age 27<br>
2. gender Male<br>
3. Are you a vegetarian? Yes<br>
4. for how long? 2 years<br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), dont eat red meat, fish etc.: I have met 3 vegetarians<br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan? was making life style changes and decided to try it and it stuck.(research on it)<br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not: I was not, I had not ever met a vegetarian until after I made the change.<br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? It is not necessary<br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants: It is recognized but, not always accepted, though my experience in Europe(England, Italy, Germany) they tend to have options available on their menus. In the USA I have never been to a restaurant that had options.<br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you? Finding found in countries where I don't know the language.<br>
11. do you believe that an individuals gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian? My experience is that I get treated normally with no difference, but on some times I get treated as if I am less than or not equal.<br>
12. Why do you think that is. Society deems meat eating as a manly thing<br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it? They are werid and more feminine or less manly.<br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?
 

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1. age <b>37</b><br>
2. gender <b>Male</b><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian? <b>Yes</b><br>
4. for how long? <b>4+ years</b><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc. <b>Several, of various types (pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan)</b><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan? <b>I like animals</b><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not <b>Define "influenced". I knew other vegetarians, and tried their food occasionally, but it's not like anyone ever actively tried to talk me into it.</b><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why <b>Obviously not. Everyone on this board survives without it. Nuff said.</b><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants <b>A lot of restaurants around here make a point of catering to vegetarians, and the supermarkets all have lots of stuff for us.</b><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you? <b>Having to plan in advance when eating out to make sure the restaurant you're going to is veg-friendly, particularly when traveling away from home.</b><br>
11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian? <b>Not in my area, which is relatively veg-friendly (southern Florida)</b><br>
12. Why do you think that is<br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it? <b>I guess some people think veg*ns aren't "manly". I don't really care what they think.</b><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society? <b>There seems to be a stereotype that vegetarians are thinner, and that some people go veg just to lose weight, but I've never met anyone who actually went veg for that reason.</b><br><br>
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1. age <b>37</b><br><b>There seems to be a stereotype that vegetarians are thinner, and that some people go veg just to lose weight, but I've never met anyone who actually went veg for that reason.</b><br><br>
--Fromper<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/juggle.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":juggle:"></div>
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And yet here I am.<br>
Started it to lose weight and control cholesterol.<br>
worked on both counts.
 

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And yet here I am.<br>
Started it to lose weight and control cholesterol.<br>
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I was referring to those I've met in person. I know a couple of people who have reduced their meat intake, stopped eating red meat, gone pescatarian, or even gone completely vegetarian, for "health reasons", but it always general health, not weight loss specifically.<br><br>
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1. age <b>18</b><br>
2. gender <b>Female</b><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian? <b>Yes</b><br>
4. for how long? <b>6 years</b><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), dont eat red meat, fish etc. <b>Boyfriend and some friends/acquaintances. Vegetarian, and some who were vegetarian then stopped (eugh)</b><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan? <b>Ethical reasons</b><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not. <b>No. Didn't know any</b>.<br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why <b>No, it isn't necessary at all.</b><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br><b>It is, but some places are really restrictive, even in making substitutes. A girl guide leader I know is the worst- if there are vegetarians, the food should still be meat, even if everyone would eat vege food and only meat eaters will eat rest.</b><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you? <b>Being pushed either to meat or vegan</b><br>
11. do you believe that an individuals gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian? <b>Lots of guys get called gay for it. It's a stupid insult and a weird stereotype.</b><br>
12. Why do you think that is <b>Idiocy?</b><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br><b>Like said above</b><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?<br><b>I don't think really effects body image to everyone. I'm happy about what I put in, but I don't believe changes my health- as an omnivore, I still had a balanced diet. Would say it would make no difference in popularity<br></b>
 

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I'll do this for both my husband and myself, since he is not on VB<br><br><b>1. age<br></b>I am 25; my husband is 27<br><b><br>
2. gender<br></b>I am female; my husband is male<br><b><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian?<br></b>Both of us are vegetarian<br><b><br>
4. for how long?<br></b>I have been a vegetarian for about 8 years; my husband has been a vegetarian since last August<br><b><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.<br></b>One of my former students is vegan. She is a real sweetheart! My Mum also recently became vegetarian!<br><b><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?<br></b>I became vegetarian because there was a girl I liked who was a vegetarian. As I've aged, I've become more and more committed to vegetarianism, and now my primary reasons for remaining vegetarian are for human/animal welfare and personal health. My husband decided to become vegetarian when we watched Food, Inc. I was already familiar with most of the content of the movie, but my husband was not. He is primarily opposed to factory farming practices, and is concerned with human welfare.<br><b><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not<br></b>I was, because of the girl I liked. I would like to think my husband was at least partially influenced by me!<br><b><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why<br></b>Neither of us believe it is necessary to eat meat. Obviously we live very happy and healthy and meat-free lives!<br><b><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br></b>We live in the South, and it sucks. There are only about half a dozen restaurants in town where we can eat at, and most people really don't comprehend the concept of not eating meat. I get a lot of blank looks, or people telling me that they know another vegetarian (but who eats fish). We aren't accommodated at all. When my husband first was hired at his new job, we were both invited to a welcome dinner, very formal. They served steak-that's it. Even the salad and sides had meat in them! Not very welcoming, is it! If we want a specialty vegetarian food, we have to drive to a market two hours away to get it. It was a lot easier to be vegetarian up North where we used to live. However, even living in the South it is MUCH improved from what it was 10 or even 5 years ago. I do believe that the movement is gaining momentum!<br><b><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?<br></b>It can be isolating. Our food choices are considered to be a huge part of one's identity, and if you don't eat like everyone else, people view you differently. And as I said before, it's a lot worse in the South, the land of BBQ and deep-fried chicken (as least sweet tea is vegan!).<br><b><br>
11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?<br></b>Meat-eating is socialized as masculine (aggressive), and vegetable-eating is socialized as feminine (passive). Vegetarianism, then, is associated with femaleness, and therefore looked down upon, as are the men who would choose this "female" diet/lifestyle. There have been some writings in feminist circles on this, for example: <a href="http://cchronicle.com/2010/08/twenty-years-of-the-sexual-politics-of-meat-an-interview-with-carol-j-adams/" target="_blank">http://cchronicle.com/2010/08/twenty...carol-j-adams/</a><br><b><br>
12. Why do you think that is<br></b>Patriarchy, etc.<br><b><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br></b>That they don't exist!<br><b><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?<br></b>I don't think my husband has anything to say on this, so I will answer on myself. Vegetarianism and especially a vegan diet have gained enormous popularity with the dieting/anti-fat crowd as a supposed weight loss tool. The stereotype is that a veg*n diet will make you thin, and that all veg*n people are thin. This is especially damaging to fat veg*ns, such as myself, as we are either made to feel invisible, or as if we are somehow doing vegetarianism "wrong" (doing it "right", of course, would result is losing weight and becoming thin, waif-like and beautiful forever!). Peta, of course, perpetuates these stereotypes through its anti-woman and anti-fat advertising campaigns, such as the "Save the Whales" poster last Summer, or the more recent "Be Proud of Your Body Scan" ad. But I would be lying if I said that the desire to lose weight didn't have anything to do with my desire to transition to a vegan diet.
 

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I was referring to those I've met in person. I know a couple of people who have reduced their meat intake, stopped eating red meat, gone pescatarian, or even gone completely vegetarian, for "health reasons", but it always general health, not weight loss specifically.</div>
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1. age<br><span style="color:#800080;">25</span><br><br>
2. gender<br><span style="color:#800080;">Female</span><br><br>
3. Are you a vegetarian?<br><span style="color:#800080;">Yep</span><br><br>
4. for how long?<br><span style="color:#800080;">A little over two years now.</span><br><br>
5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), dont eat red meat, fish etc.<br><span style="color:#800080;">Unfortunately I don't know anyone IRL who is even vegetarian. I've talked to people who say they used to be one.</span><br><br>
6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?<br><span style="color:#800080;">I felt like a hypocrite for loving dogs and other cute animals so much and eating ones that aren't cute. I had a guilt complex about it for awhile before I actually made a permanent change. I would eat meat and think to myself, "This isn't worth it".</span><br><br>
7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not<br><span style="color:#800080;">I was influenced by some anonymous veg*ns on-line. I'd just watched a video showing how cats and dogs are killed and eaten in other countries, (I was <i>very</i> upset afterwards.) and some of the comments pointed out that we do the same thing here with cows, pigs, chickens, etc. At first the comparison made me angry, but then I started to think that it was true. I think I would have come to this conclusion on my own, but those comments kind of jump-started things.</span><br><br>
8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why<br><span style="color:#800080;">No, if a person eats plenty of fruits and veggies a veg*n diet can be healthier than a typical omnivorous diet. I've read several books that support this idea, and they made a lot of sense to me. I feel like I have lots of energy when I eat fruits and veggies. (I exercise regularly.) Also, plenty of people around the world don't eat meat.</span><br><br>
9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants<br><span style="color:#800080;">Vegetarianism is much more widely recognized than veg*nism. I've had people look at what I'm eating and bluntly ask if I'm vegetarian. No one ever asks if I'm vegan. (I'm not, but I'm just saying that veganism is more foreign.) I've even had to explain what vegan means. One guy who'd been flirting with me looked at me like I was crazy when my friend jokingly said that I was a vegan. As for vegan restaurants there's one nearby called "105 Degrees". The reason it's here is because the owner wanted his restaurant in an area that has a big obesity problem.</span><br><br>
10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?<br><span style="color:#800080;">The biggest problem is eating in social situations. There have been times when some coworkers/family/friends wanted to get a pizza or something and of course everyone wanted meat on it. I've had to turn down getting anything many times. It used to bother me, but I don't really care anymore. I'm used to providing food for myself now.</span><br><br>
11. do you believe that an individuals gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?<br><span style="color:#800080;">Unfortunately around here it is. I've had people tell me that I could be a vegetarian since I'm a girl.</span><br><br>
12. Why do you think that is<br><span style="color:#800080;">Because of idiotic stereotypes about being "a real man".</span><br><br>
13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?<br><span style="color:#800080;">The stereotype would be that they are sensitive or "wussy".</span><br><br>
14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?<br><span style="color:#800080;">I guess most people seems to think that vegetarians are thin. Whether that stereotype is a good one or not depends on who you ask. Some people may think it's healthy, but others may think vegetarians are weak and sickly. Anyway, it's pretty clear that veg*nism is a lot more popular than it used to be. The only bad thing about that is that many people consider it to be a fad or a phase that young people go through.</span><br><br>
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Male<br><br><b>3. Are you a vegetarian?</b><br>
Vegetarian<br><br><b>4. for how long?</b><br>
2 years<br><br><b>5. Are you aware of anyone else who is a vegetarian? Indicate whether vegan (no animal products), don’t eat red meat, fish etc.</b><br>
I just know 3 others, all vegetarian.<br><br><b>6. for what reasons have you decided to become a vegetarian/vegan?</b><br>
Animal cruelty. Mostly watching Earthlings, and doing lots of research after.<br><br><b>7. Were you influenced by other vegetarians? Why, why not</b><br>
I was influenced by the girl I liked at the time. She showed me the film and I told her I was seriously considering cutting out meat. She doesn't know I've stuck with it for over 2 months though.<br><br><br><b>8. Do you believe it is necessary to eat meat? Why</b><br>
Not one bit.<br><br><b>9. Do you think that vegetarianism is noticed in society, as in is it recognised by other members and institutes in your community? Describe where, how. Eg restaurants</b><br>
When I was a meat eater I didn't really notice anything to do with vegetarianism. Now that I'm on the other side though, I notice little things that I didn't before.<br><br><b>10. What do you think is the most difficult aspect of being a vegetarian in society, ie how does this affect you?</b><br>
Honestly, I don't know.<br><br><b>11. do you believe that an individual’s gender is a factor for how vegetarianism is accepted in society? Ie are both men and women treated equally for choosing to become vegetarian?</b><br>
I think that people understand it more when a female does it. Just because tough men like tough steaks.<br><br><b>12. Why do you think that is</b><br>
For a few reasons, but broadly because "tough men like tough steaks."<br><br><b>13. Do you think there is a social stereotype for male vegetarians? If so what is it?</b><br>
Not that I know of.<br><br><b>14. Describe the impact you think vegetarianism has in terms of body image and if this generates popularity in society?</b><br>
I don't think I understand the question enough to respond well. I don't know what they have to do with each other.
 
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