What I’d like to ask about today, briefly, is if vegetarianism is gendered. It just seems like I meet more female vegetarians than male vegetarians, and that when girls brag about eating a nice juicy steak there is always this shadow of masculinity lingering around, either in the way their voice changes when they say “juicy steak”, or in the decor of the places where such juicy steaks are consumed, etc.
Full disclosure: I have been a vegetarian for a year now, for a litany of reasons: the main two being ethical reasons (thank you Jacques Derrida, Rav Kook, Michael Pollan, Jonathan Safran Foer, PETA, etc.) and for practical reasons related to my religious dietary restrictions. In previous years, I have been a raw food vegan (2-3 months, I don’t remember), vegan (1 month), but this recent vegetarianism has been the longest to last. As for my role as a gendered consumer of vegetarian products and vegetarian culture, I am not sure where I fall. I mean, I wear polos and bro shorts on the weekdays, flannel and long skirts on the weekend. I was raised in female spaces and culture, and for feminist reasons identify with women as my “class,” but I am ambivalent about it at the same time.
So, basically, all I have at the start of this post is a question based on cultural cues that I’ve picked up for the years. What I’d like to do now is, through Googling, find a few clues to whether there is actually a cultural gender barrier in the vegetarian-omnivore divide, or whether I am just hallucinating.