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My newest vegan design! Recently I've been dealing with a varied amount of hate, from both inside and outside the vegan community, over my body size. Between fat shaming and a certain raw vegan blogger telling us we don't love ourselves if we're "overweight", it felt that I wasn't viewed as a "real" vegan. Or that I was ignored by my own fellow vegans.

This lead me to question what the most common view of vegans are, from both vegans and non-vegans. The "usual" view, according to those around me, is a fit/able, white, well-off person. No hate to anyone who falls under any/all of these labels (y'all are awesome as you are!), but there's so much erasure in the community of those who don't, and this seemed so off to me. So I wanted to create a graphic that included vegans who are usually left out of the vegan representation. 

The erasure doesn't just happen inside the community, mind you, but from non-vegans who try to find a reason to hate us as a community. I've been called classist, racist, etc, simply because I choose not to partake in any animal products and the fact that animal activism is part of my life (my feminism, LGBTQA+ activism, and equal rights activism is often ignored by these people as well). Whenever I see rants against veganism I always see the disabled vegans, poor vegans, and vegans of color conveniently ignored. 

So *raises glass*, here's to you fat vegans, poor vegans, LGBTQA+ vegans, disabled vegans, and vegans of color. Y'all are just as awesome and valid as anyone else!

I plan on trying to get prints and buttons of this graphic made soon, so if anyone is interested, you can message me on here or on my website! 
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Ro-Kat Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That is one sweet button!
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HSStatements Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! Hopefully I'll have physical ones soon!
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Pupavegan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Saying that all vegans should look like skinny supermodels because "fat vegans make vegans look bad" is beyond absurd. Being vegan means doing as little harm to animals and the earth as possible. Being vegan means that you won't fund the main cause of deforestation (70% of deforestation is to make space to plant crops meant to fatten up farmed animals) which drives thousands of species to extinction every year and causes millions of people who relied on those forests to die of hunger. Being vegan means that you realize that human life, animal life and the earth's well being is more important than a fleeting taste on the tongue. Being vegan has nothing to do with the shape or size of your body. I always call the bodies of chubby vegans "big bodies full of love". ^_^

I also find it funny that people call vegans "racist". Because aren't they the ones relying on the very logic used by racists, sexists and homophobes by harming others just because they are BORN with things different from them? And despite the fact that their victims suffer just as bad as they would in their place, they still consider them inferior beings whose lives matter less just because of things they cannot choose or change?

"You matter less because you are not born with a white skin colour!" is something I had to hear during my entire childhood. Followed by...
"God says that people who aren't white matter less!"
"Dumb blacks think they are equal to white people, but all they did was sleep, shit and do nothing until they met us white people who taught them otherwise!"
"White people are superior to blacks because we were able to enslave them! If they were equal, it wouldn't have happned!" <-- Might makes right logic.
"Stop comparing us to those black apes! We're worth more!"

Yep, I've heard them all. And now I noticed a similar pattern with the speciesists' logic. They oppress and harm others for the same reason why any other victimizer oppresses theirs: because they are different. So speciesists are in fact way closer to oppessors than vegans ever will be. At least we are not exploiting and killing a group of victims just because they look or communicate differently from us.
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HSStatements Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Well said! 
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Pupavegan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^_^
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d4174179 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015
You are in good company on dA. :hug: I sent your pic to some group galleries, one of which is founded by this artist. She is a minority ethnicity in her country and is against heterosexism and body-shaming:
Not about size by veganartbook
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Pupavegan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thanks!
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HSStatements Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing my artwork! It means a lot! :heart:

I actually did a strictly vegan body-shaming work a year or so ago, a portrait of my vegan friend an I, but I never put it on my DA. I'll have to do that soon! You can see it here though: www.helenstatenstatements.com/…
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d4174179 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
You should post it here too-- it's cute! :)
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d4174179 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015
It's an ethnocentrist and misinformed view to vegans as just white, because most people all over the globe are lactose intolerant/outgrew milk long ago. Being vegan often means meeting and learning *more* about other demographic segments. Go to any VegFest and there will be smiling faces sharing Greek, Indian, Ethiopian, Thai, Chinese, Caribbean, Vietnamese, Mexican... It's a wonderful and delicious thing. Compassion unites! :)

Thank you for all the work you do to speak our against racism, sexism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, speciesism, and so forth. Oppressions are usually all connected and I wish more people could see and understand the links.
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HSStatements Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for you kind words and support! 

I've always wanted to go to a veg fest! I live in small Mississippi towns (depending if I'm home or at college, but always small, haha) currently, but I got to go to Dallas, TX last summer and see a booming vegan community for the first time! It was incredible! (Plus going to a restaurant where I didn't have to look at all the ingredients to order as awesome, haha!)
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