Being vegan has both gendered and racialized intersections and I will explore both. What kinds of people are choosing to be vegan? Why? From my prior knowledge and beginning research I have found a difference between the reasoning behind the black women and white women choosing a vegan lifestyle. I understand that studying these two areas might create a binary. However, I understand that there are many various racial and cultural identities of women that affect there food choice. For the brevity of this study I will focus on black and white women. I would also like to focus on the barriers to veganism: negative connotations of the word, images in the media and organizations such as PETA, lack of resources (economic and access to whole and healthy foods). A third and final focus of my final paper will be the effects of veganism on families and communities. As consumers, women are central decision makers and influencers on families and communities.
Here are some sources I have either already explored or plan to explore as I continue my research:
Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin
The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Sistah Vegan by A. Breeze Harper
Patricia Hill Collins
Lori Gruen- Women and Animals class readings