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Peoples reactions to it. How long until they realize that acting like you're four will get them no where. So far my family has been harassing me a lot and i was wondering how long this lasted for you guys. So basically, how long until people respect my decisions and quit being jerks about it?
 

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As soon as they feel it will not longer just be a phase.
 

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From my experience, it's a permanent social condition. Even if you don't advertise your vegetarianism, it seems like people study your plate and the judgment begins. The problem with family is that you can't just avoid them. My brother has been a veg a lot longer than me and I've had to watch my dad harass him for over 20 years. I don't think it ever goes away.
 

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I think the bulk of the opposition will happen in the first 6 months, then I think when it is no longer a new thing you will notice that you are getting more comfortable with it and any comments you get about it will be less common.
 

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For some people it never seems to get old. Most of my family has accepted my choice to be vegan as part of our normal life, but I do still get joked at or teased from a few people I know. I try to just smile and ignore it, not wanting to be confrontational about it. Reacting to their jokes just seems to encourage them.
 

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I get a lot of vegetarian jokes, but it's all in good spirit of course. Most of my friends and family have learned to accept it and respect me for it. It's important to learn that others might not understand our way of thinking about vegetarianism, so the best thing to do is just to laugh along with them.
 

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Well for the past two days my dad and brother haven't let up, and then my brother put bacon on my plate. hell, i didn't like bacon when i was omni, so why the hell would i want it now? I'm slightly frustrated now.
 

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Usually, never.<br><br>
It does make a fun drinking game (when you are of age, of course). <a href="http://www.google.com/imgres?q=stupid+things+omnivores+say+bingo&um=1&hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&biw=1285&bih=676&tbm=isch&tbnid=yKLcVGVeywe7rM:&imgrefurl=http://www.veganforum.com/forums/showthread.php%3F17009-Things-meat-eaters-say-(2)/page31&docid=If2eL2gontZILM&w=509&h=604&ei=3eiATvPVNIq4tgfv-NzVCQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=310&vpy=137&dur=652&hovh=245&hovw=206&tx=116&ty=103&page=1&tbnh=160&tbnw=135&start=0&ndsp=20&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0" target="_blank">Here one of these? Take a shot.</a>
 

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Well for the past two days my dad and brother haven't let up, and then my brother put bacon on my plate. hell, i didn't like bacon when i was omni, so why the hell would i want it now? I'm slightly frustrated now.</div>
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Sounds like your family is being a bit immature. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
I know you might not want to do this, but have you simply tried to talk to them about this? They might not think you are that serious about your beliefs. Try telling them that you are serious about your beliefs and explain to them why you are a vegetarain. Tell them simply that they are being immature and you would appreciate it if they would respect your diet/lifestyle. It might be good to tell them how you feel when they make fun of you.
 

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It just depends. Some people will never be OK with your vegetarianism/veganism. Others will accept it/you right away. Most people are somewhere inbetween. They need to see that you don't fall over dead tomorrow. And they need to witness you eating stuff they consider real food (varies drastically depending on the person). And they just need to think and talk about it a few times before they start acting like someone you want to hang out with.<br><br>
UNTIL THEN... get good at changing the subject whenever it starts to get uncomfortable.
 

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It will always be that way on some levels. Think about other issues people have (including yourself) out of ignorance and how long that can go on.
 

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My friends still try to piss me off about it :/
 

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Some people are forever stuck in adolescence and will always make comments. You could try to tell them that you don't make remarks about what they eat and you would appreciate the same respect.<br><br>
But if that doesn't work, you could always drop to their level and make a few back:<br>
Did it take all of your brain cells to come up with that?<br>
Enjoy your pus filled chicken.
 

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No idea, OP. My parents still pass polite insults, but only every couple of weeks now. As opposed to a constant barrage at the very very beginning, oh so long ago.
 
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