You can be hard-pressed to find a blog about veganism — or food in general — exploring anything beyond recipes… beyond the simple, sensory pleasures of food. We’ve become rather infatuated with food at a superficial level, one that often does not see beyond the tastes and presentation. But what sorts of complexities lie just underneath the sensory veneer? What lives and stories are contained within the foods we eat?
My last post spoke to how food (and its availability) can shape our social identities. So, I started searching around for more on this topic, for more who are interested in the deeper layers of food, identity, society, and power. I stumbled upon a fascinating piece from Vegan Publishers that addresses these relationships while also including a compassionate awareness of animals.
The post is an excerpt taken from the publisher’s founder Casey Taft’s book Motivational Methods for Animal Advocacy: A Clinical Psychology Perspective and explores the intersectionality of seemingly disparate, yet equally oppressed, demographics, explaining the ways in which oppressed populations (including nonhuman animals) share a similar core reality: “At the root of speciesism, racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homo- and trans-antagonism, and other “isms” is the notion that some individuals are “lesser” than others.”
In order to address one level of oppression, we must address them all.
If you are at all interested in animal advocacy and diving deeper into the interconnected reality of oppression, I highly recommend reading in full Casey Taft’s blog post “Why I’m a Pro-Intersectional Animal Advocate by Casey Taft, PhD”