CHAPTER 5: DEVELOP YOUR VEGAN VOICE AND ASSERTIVENESS
Does this mean trampling over others? No, this means that you taking care of yourself and the emerging, evolving veganism within you. This might look like telling your friends that you can’t meet them at a steakhouse because you don’t want to eat a plain baked potato and suggesting something that works for everyone. It might look like you letting your mother know that, no, your veganism isn’t “ruining” Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving may suck but you won’t take the fall for it. It might look like you telling your co-worker that the bacon jokes are getting a little tired. Humor can be part of your toolbox: saying something like “Did you get a ‘bacon joke of the day,’ daily calendar or something?” gets the point across. Probably because the Humorless, Scowling Vegan is such an entrenched cultural stereotype, I personally let a lot slide but I do not compromise my veganism or allow cruelty to animals to be mocked, at least not without giving as good – or better – derision as I get. Be mindful of the ways you might contort yourself in an attempt to assuage someone else’s discomfort, perceived inconvenience or annoyance. Some practice withassertiveness training goes a long way.
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