Social events as a vegan can be tough sometimes. When you are out with your mates it’s most likely that you grab something to eat and suddenly your veganism is brought to light. You get asked a lot of questions, your masculinity challenged and the odd sly remark. Once, a person waved a chicken thigh in my face shouting ‘but it tastes so good!’.
Conscience is a Bitch
Understand that when you become vegan you are challenging people’s conscience. People don’t like this. People think you are always judging them. This is why vegans get labelled ‘self-righteous’ and ‘preachy’. Sometimes I can see others look at me thinking I’m judging them when I’m really not.
Know Your Stuff
Now and then people will try to tear you apart. Once they put you in that position, although they are wrong to do it, it is your responsibility to know your stuff. Usually, people bring it up because they want to argue their side. For men, it can be brought up to make you look like a ‘weak link’ in a social group. This is a classic alpha male tactic.
Under the Thumb
I recently ran a social experiment on Reddit’s vegan board. I asked the men if people had ever assumed their vegan lifestyle was a result of their partner. The majority that replied said they had been accused of going vegan because of their partner. Whether they were vegan before the relationship or transitioned after.
Don’t be a Dick. Don’t Make a Scene.
When you go to a restaurant it should be pretty easy to order a vegan dish by removing things from another dish. Restaurants will make mistakes, your mushroom burger will come loaded with cheese sometimes. Don’t kick off.