Tip 28: If You Can’t Say Anything Vegan: “Stop Calling Yourself Vegan!”

veganmofoPosted as part of VeganMoFo (The Vegan Month of Food) 2014

When vegans are involved, things get a little tricky – for all of us. For non-vegans, that often looks like defensiveness or hostility due to the perception that vegans are telling them their food choices are unethical or wrong. For vegans, it often looks like self-righteousness and snobbery. So, I’m using the Vegan Month of Food – a month during which vegan blogs are celebrated and aggregated in one place – to teach non-vegans and vegans how to be nice to each other. If you can’t say anything vegan, don’t say anything at all.

Vegans and vegetarians, please stop saying these things.


  • It’s good that people want to identify as vegan, so stop discouraging it or making it seem like an impossible and exclusive club!
  • If vegan is a term for doing your best to avoid hurting animals, then it’s hard to measure and it should be left up to individuals to determine if they’re vegan or not.
  • It doesn’t affect you. Sure, it further confuses people about what exactly vegans do and don’t eat. But most people are confused either way.
  • Because I said so.

What are some alternatives?

  • “Yay! We’re vegans! Pass the buffalo cauliflower!”
  • “Congratulations on becoming vegan! Let me know if you need any advice or resources, because I fully support reducing animal suffering.”
  • Don’t say anything at all.

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