I have found that males in general are the hardest to convince to convert to or accept a vegan diet. Do not get me wrong, I know there are many vegans that are male and I in fact know a few. But, when you first tell people you are vegan, who are the people to react the strongest? Males, generally. It probably has something to do with their provider vs nurturer upbringing, or their hunter vs gatherer mentality. Whether we like to admit it or not in today’s day and age, underneath it all most people still have hunter vs gatherer mentalities. Who here has not met a man who thought women should not work? Who has not met a woman who expects her man to bring home the bacon (preferably faux!). I personally do not agree with the separation of sexes; men are the “strong” ones and women are the “sensitive” ones. I think this is a little old fashioned, and surprisingly it even stretches to our dinner plate.
Men love their grills…covered in dead carcases of one creature or the next. The idea of having a tempeh burger on the grill not only perplexes them but horrifies them. How does one convert a man such as this? Vegan inspiration is what they need. Simply telling them the horrors of slaughterhouses may not be enough. Chicks getting their beaks cut off may not do it either….but what if Dirty Harry or the Man With No Name were to be VEGAN? Yes, in fact, CLINT EASTWOOD is VEGAN! *gasp* Not possible? Possible! What man has not quoted Dirty Harry or proclaimed the awesomeness of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly?? Sure, there will be those that swear off Clint for life for the atrocity that is veganism, but perhaps some guys (even yours) will think “hey, Eastwood can do it, so can I”. Afterall, technically he would then have a true comparison between himself and Dirty Harry. So if moral reasoning doesn’t work, try the Eastwood reasoning. Think you might get lucky and convert your guy? Well, do you? “Do you feel lucky? Do you punk?”
“I try to stick to a vegan diet heavy on fruit, vegetables, tofu, and other soy products.”