Hey vegan ladies! A vegan lady needs your help! Come on, be a pal! »
No comments from the peanut gallery (me), just straight down to business because I’m hungover and useless. Take it away, Erica!
I am currently a student at California College of the Arts doing a project on girl power and veganism! If you or someone you know wants to participate, pass along this message!
I want to make a ‘zine that talks about how veganism can be a useful tool or healing modality for fears and anxieties around body image in young females.
I am looking to hear from people who are committed to the vegan lifestyle and have identified as a girl and either A) used veganism to overcome an eating disorder or issues with negative body image, or used vegan outreach or activism as tool for self-empowerment/self-liberation.
Want to participate?
Here are some suggestions to get you thinking:
- What’s your identity and how does it relate to your body, your veganism, your activism? Body image can relate to how you look, how you see yourself, how others see you, how you move, your palette, your figure or shape, etc.
- Did you go vegan or become an activist as an adolescent? Did this assist you in any way in deflecting pressures around body image?
- Did it help you with adolescent depression, eating disorders, social anxiety or any issues girls often face growing up?
- If you went vegan as an adult: Were you ever bullied in school or at home for issues surrounding your body? How could your knowledge about systems of oppression and issues pertaining to veganism have helped you feel more empowered as a young girl?
- Words of advice for young girls?
E-mail all responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by early next week!
- Your full name (you may also wish to be anonymous)
- Your age (if you wish)
- A photo or yourself (optional)Where you are located
- A description of how you are involved with vegan activism (do you volunteer, leaflet, run a blog or organization, work in rescue? are you an writer, student, or artist doing work related to these themes?)
Responses should be no longer than one to two pages. You can tell me more if you like, as I may be able to use your stories for ongoing research and future projects. Thank you so much for your valuable thoughts and beautiful stories!