Why Veganism is a Feminist Issue

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In light of all the momentum the feminist & intersectional feminist movement has been gaining, people often forget the importance of veganism and climate change and its connection to the movement.

Here’s some brief history on feminism:

Charles Fourier, a Utopian Socialist and French philosopher, is credited with having coined the word “féminisme” in 1837. The words “féminisme” (“feminisme”) and “féminist” (“feminist”) first appeared in France and the Netherlands in 1872, Great Britain in the 1890s, and the United States in 1910, and the Oxford English Dictionary lists 1852 as the year of the first appearance of “feminist” and 1895 for “feminism”.

Source: Wikipedia

When feminism was created, though- It was more targeted towards the social and economic injustices towards white women. Most feminists at this time were racist and didn’t want to address how racism and slavery affected women of colour, most so black women; which fueled the birth of womanism. Womanism actually has quite a bit to do with veganism in general but Intersectional Feminism is a branch that recognizes that other circumstances in a womans life affects their over all oppression.

“Intersectionality is a term that was coined by American professor Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989. The concept already existed but she put a name to it. The textbook definition states:

‘The view that women experience oppression in varying configurations and in varying degrees of intensity. Cultural patterns of oppression are not only interrelated, but are bound together and influenced by the intersectional systems of society. Examples of this include race, gender, class, ability, and ethnicity.'”

Source: Telegraph

That being said, climate change caused by animal agriculture should definitely fall into intersectionality. If it is truly focusing on individual factors that may add to the oppression of woman then this is surely one of them.

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Things like this not only affect women but mostly women of color. Aside from this, climate change has been shown to affect women a great deal more than men. When indigenous people are forced out of their homes due to deforestation (of which animal agriculture is 91% responsible for) they are sometimes lured into sex work, brothels, or forced into trafficking. Just like racism, climate change and environmental racism are issues that the feminist movement needs to include. You can read more about the social justice aspects of veganism here

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