What is a Vegan?
The word vegan has a few definitions:
- [noun] a person who does not eat or use animal products
- [adjective] using or containing no animal products
The first is where we see terms like “vegan diet”, which is actually incorrect, as to be vegan is to strive towards eliminating animal products in all forms, not just what one eats.
Should Being Vegan be Intersectional?
The simple answer is yes. Intersectionality deals with all forms of oppression including racism, sexism, classism, ableism, speciesism and so much more. Vegans should not only be fighting for the rights of non-humans, but also for the rights of marginalized people from all walks of life. After all, veganism is not just about the animals, but about compassion for all, including our fellow human beings.
If you wish to learn more about working to ensure your veganism is intersectional, there is a great article by Elizabeth Turnbull over at Plant Based Bride on Intersectional Veganism.