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Especially in the younger population (30 and under). I've noticed this. Most guys around my age (18-25) are not vegetarian, let alone vegan. I've known many girls my age who are. Most older vegans and vegetarians I've met are women as well.<br><br>
Has anyone else noticed this and why do you think this is? I have my opinions but I want to hear what you all think. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Woman are likely more 'nurturing' by nature of the maternal instinct, and may have a harder time voluntarily killing something.<br><br>
Also, many moons ago someone on here posted the statistic that the majority of vegetarians are women, however vegans are 50/50. I don't know how accurate they were, but that's what someone on here said long ago.
 

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I think some men think it's not manly to be veg*n. I heard a guy say that once. If you don't like to kill things, you must not be a real man.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mrs. T</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2976510"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think some men think it's not manly to be veg*n.</div>
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Not just some. And just as many Women think the same thing. I've never gave much thought to being manly (I just am naturally! LOL!!! ). Maybe it goes along with hardly ever having a desire to hang out with a group of guys and trying to seem cool to them. As soon as a man or woman implies it's not "manly to be veg" I think they're a simple minded idiot and am annoyed that I have to be bothered with being made aware of their existence.
 

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There are a lot of factors that contribute to the disparity. But when I go to AR protests and events, there are just as many vegan men as vegan women.
 

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Yeah <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I think it's manly to not eat meat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>River</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2976497"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><br>
Also, many moons ago someone on here posted the statistic that the majority of vegetarians are women, however vegans are 50/50. I don't know how accurate they were, but that's what someone on here said long ago.</div>
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I think I posted something based on my experience with my Earthsave Nashville chapter where about 75 percent of the members who attended our meetings were women. Someone else replied that among vegans the gender ratio was more like 50/50.<br><br>
However, these were just personal observations, not really statistics. I have never seen any actual, published statistics about gender ratios among vegetarians or vegans.<br><br>
Carol Adams spends a lot of time discussing the relationship of gender and meat-eating/vegetarianism in her book <b>The Sexual Politics of Meat.</b> In general, meat-eating was very much associated with traditional notions of masculinity, especially in the 19th century, according to Adams.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Mrs. T</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2976510"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think some men think it's not manly to be veg*n. I heard a guy say that once. If you don't like to kill things, you must not be a real man.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> Sad, but true. It's a big part of why my omni husband shies away from going veg... he's already teased (yes, by family... sigh) because he's "bookish" and doesn't like to hunt/ fish. They are concerned our son will be a "pansy" because we're raising him as a vegetarian.
 

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A 2008 Vegetarian Times sponsored study found: 59 percent are female; 41 percent are male. (<a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/features/archive_of_editorial/667" target="_blank">http://www.vegetariantimes.com/featu..._editorial/667</a>)<br><br>
So everyone's observations of a skew are correct!
 

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I know more female vegetarians, but more male vegans. Overall, it's still a little female-heavy.
 

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I know more female vegans, but I don't attend vegan events much or anything so I haven't met vegans in large numbers. I didn't know any male vegans until I met my boyfriend. I find women tend to be more open to it, to be honest, but it does depend on the person.
 

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I can't help but think the gender-bias is perhaps less pronounced in the UK. Realeat used to produce stats on this sort of thing but they stopped 5 or 6 years ago (cant I can't find the bloody stats online anyway).<br><br>
When I was at uni there were 4 vegans on my course (which had a pretty decent M/F balance) - all were male, though there were about 10-12 vegetarians and I think only 2 or 3 were male.<br><br>
When I've been involved in AR stuff and vegan advocacy I've always seen roughly equal proportions of M/F.<br><br>
Though this could be less to do with a genuinely more equal gender representation in UK veg*nism and more down to the fact that women can't stand to be near me cos I'm a massive chauvenist ;-)
 

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I don't have any vegan friends unfortunately, I have a bunch of ovo lacto veggie friends and they're all women, apart from my boyfriend. It would be nice to know some vegan people in real life, to have a network <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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IRL most vegans I know are female, but that seems to be because I met them through the AR movement, which is skewed in that direction. Online seems more of a balance or even weighted to the male end. Looking at cookbooks we're female dominated again, which reflects the genre as a whole. Portions of the non-vegan cookbook world are male dominated though ('serious' chef type cookbooks) but I don't think we see a similar skew in vegan cookbook world.
 

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My observation where I am is that there are more female veg*n's overall, but it isn't THAT one sided either. I know a handful of veg*n guys and see a bunch at local vegan stores and AR events.<br><br>
I just find the whole thing kind of silly, when you think about it being a trail blazer and brave enough to defy convention is a stereotypically valued male trait that you see displayed over and over in action movies and such.<br><br>
It seems to me that being too afraid to go vegetarian because of what people will think would make you less manly (according to the old John Wayne movie standards at least <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)
 

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Sure seems that way.
 

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I thought that veg*n men were even more rare than I assumed. Being on VB has shown me that veg*n men are not as uncommon as I thought. I'm a man, by the way.
 

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I just find the whole thing kind of silly, when you think about it being a trail blazer and brave enough to defy convention is a stereotypically valued male trait that you see displayed over and over in action movies and such.<br><br>
It seems to me that being too afraid to go vegetarian because of what people will think would make you less manly (according to the old John Wayne movie standards at least <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">)</div>
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Exactly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I love that so many guys and girls push back against gender roles and expectations, but guys going vegan definitely does not qualify as this. If anything, as you say, it fits right into our society's conception of masculinity. It also fits in with the idea of femininity, just for different reasons. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Part of the problem is all the confusion over why people make this choice in the first place. People think it's because we're "animal lovers", or because death makes us squeamish, or because we have nurturing feelings towards cute creatures. All might be true for many, but at the heart of this issue are questions of ethics and justice, of power and of doing the right thing.<br><br>
Which is the "real man", if one accepts the roles we're taught: the one who uses his strength and power to torment those weaker than him, who follows the crowd, or the one who can but won't, who refuses to bow down to convention and tradition despite the opposition and derision he faces for it?
 
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