The New Zealand Press reports on a new sexual phenomenon: Vegansexuality. Here are some extracts from the article:
Vegansexuals are people who do not eat any meat or animal products, and who choose not to be sexually intimate with non-vegan partners whose bodies, they say, are made up of dead animals...

Many female respondents described being attracted to people who ate meat, but said they did not want to have sex with meat-eaters because their bodies were made up of animal carcasses...

Christchurch vegan Nichola Kriek has been married to her vegan husband, Hans, for nine years. She would not describe herself as vegansexual, but said it would definitely be a preference... "When you are vegan or vegetarian, you are very aware that when people eat a meaty diet, they are kind of a graveyard for animals," she said.
Wow. I never thought of myself as a graveyard for animals, but when you put it that way, I guess it is technically true.

I think what's going on here is what anthropologists call the law of sympathetic magic: Once in contact, always in contact. That is, if an offensive object touches a neutral object, the neutral object becomes permanently tainted (in the eyes of the observer) by the contact. It's a totally irrational impulse, but powerful nonetheless.

I write about an experiment in Elephants on Acid in which an experimenter briefly dipped a dried, sterilized cockroach into a glass of apple juice and then asked people if they would be willing to drink the juice. Most people didn't want to, even though the juice was in no way contaminated. It's the same principle as vegansexuality. If something really grosses us out, that sense of disgust will spread to anything touched by the offensive object.

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Posted on Tue Aug 14, 2007


IF people who eat meat are 'graveyards' then doesn't that mean the vegans are made up of dead plants? Compost. They're compost.

No way am I having sex with composty vegans.
Posted by Renquist  in  Glasgow, Scotland  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  10:30 AM
One of those thoughts to ponder... If plants eat or are nourished by manure, that makes them a graveyard for sh-it. If vegans eat vegetables, that ate manure, what does that make them??? An even bigger pile than what they are trying to sell us...
Posted by Christopher  in  Joplin, Missouri  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  12:07 PM
Compost is full of worms. Graveyards are also full of worms.
So that makes them a graveyard again.
So doing it with a vaga is even worse. It
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  12:07 PM
vaga=vega (no edit button?)
Posted by Unfairly Balanced  in  Earth  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  12:08 PM
I'm a vega and al my girlfriends have been non-vega. So don't look at us all.

I'm compost? wonderfull tongue wink
Posted by Ares  in  the netherlands  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  02:24 PM
Haha! Im a vegetarian and my boyfriend definitely isnt and we still....well, lets say not all vegans/vegetarians are that weird.
Posted by Jonny-Rabbit  in  Tejas  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  03:46 PM
whoa... you know, for a second, I thought this thread referred to vegetablesexuality, which, one can only assume, is... ahem... sex with vegetables. And I don't mean like them just there in the room during sex. I mean actively involving vegetables in deciding positions, durations, music, lighting, whatever. Provided of course, that one respects the vegetable in the morning. That's only fair
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  08:22 PM
kinda like:
"lips that touch wine will never touch mine"?
Posted by fuzzfoot  in  Potland, OR  on  Tue Aug 14, 2007  at  11:48 PM
LanguageLog blogged on this a couple of weeks back...

One note is that the article Alex cites somewhat increases the apparent prevalence of this oddity of thought. Still, someone ought to teach these guys some basic biology.
Posted by outeast  in  Prague, Czech Rep  on  Wed Aug 15, 2007  at  06:03 AM
Since atoms are in constant circulation, a mouthful of ANY food you eat contains atoms of what once used to be meat (and dirt, and feces, and a human being for that matter). We are all dirt-eater disgusting cannibals.
Posted by bootes  on  Wed Aug 15, 2007  at  09:36 AM
I'm pretty sure everybody I've ever dated, vegetarian or not, was made out of meat.

What I've never understood about veganism (the radical flavor that says all meat-eaters are murderers) is why they don't think plants deserve the same respect they want to give to all animals.

Is being a plant graveyard better than being an animal graveyard, and if so, why?
Posted by Big Gary  in  Hereford, Texas  on  Wed Aug 15, 2007  at  05:29 PM
I heard of cases when someone, hmm, let's say, "dated" a vegetable wink
Posted by bootes  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  07:36 AM
Sure, boots - my poor wife even married one:)
Posted by outeast  in  Prague, Czech Rep  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  07:37 AM
What do they do when they smell bacon?
When you smell bacon or burgers or steak you're inhailing bits of that meat.
Do they hold their breath?
Breath through a mask?
Posted by Gee...  on  Thu Aug 16, 2007  at  01:41 PM
I don't think it is irrational to be disgusted by something like a dead cockroach, even if cognitively we know that it is not contaminated. Isn't it instinct, or at least deeply entrenched in our social conditioning, for us to stay away from anything which can carry disease or make us unhealthy? I think I took part in a kind of quiz on the BBC Science site which talked about things we find repulsive and why.

I also think that vegans have such an aversion to being with non-vegans because the food we eat nourishes us, makes us grow, thus we (as meat eaters) are "made up of animals". Therefore I don't think it's simply a case of having contact with the meat, it goes further than that. I'm sure I'm just being pedantic with this point though.
Posted by Irontooth  in  Australia  on  Tue Oct 02, 2007  at  10:25 AM

Um. In the first place, since when was instinct or social conditioning 'rational'? 'Irrational' does not mean nonsensical or stupid, it means 'not rational'. A gut response is irrational by definition - even if (as is not the case here) rational analysis supports the get response.

As to instincts to avoid vectors of disease: many insects - including locusts, which iirc are not that distantly related to cockroaches - form a normal part of the human diet in many parts of the world, so I doubt that our repulsion is genetic.

You're far more at risk of infection from eating other mammals than from eating insects, anyway - just look at tapeworms (readily contracted from pork or beef) for example; or HIV, which likely originated with the consumption of infected bushmeat. 'Instinct' does not protect us from these sources of danger. smile

Social conditioning I'll grant you, but as I've said - that's as irrational as it gets.

Finally, the 'made of dead animals' bit makes no real sense - meat is broken down in digestion into needed amino acids and other nutrients just as plants are. And those nutrients are not just chemically identicall to those obtained from plants - they were in plants just a lifecycle or so earlier. Just as the nutrients in plants were likely in animals a lifecycle or two before that. What goes around, comes around. smile
Posted by outeast  in  prague  on  Wed Oct 03, 2007  at  02:25 AM
Outeast, I would not suggest you come to New ZEaland if you insist on using logic.

You won't last aweek around here smile
Posted by D F Stuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Sat Oct 06, 2007  at  06:55 AM
Those vegan bastards are unbelievable!
Posted by StrictlyConfidential  in  NJ  on  Wed Jun 25, 2008  at  10:23 PM
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