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Vegan advocacy and the appeal to emotions

February 15, 2015

There's an Elephant in the Room blog

An attempted put-down I have seen is for nonvegans to dismiss activists or their posts as being ‘over emotional’ in a transparent attempt to discredit information that makes them uncomfortable. The phrase that was used about a recent post was ’emotionally charged drivel’ and though this was clearly rude and uncalled for on a piece that did nothing but state the truth, it made me think in more depth about the prevailing attitude to emotion within our culture and society.

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Acceptable emotion

There are reams written about ‘being in touch with our emotions’. It’s considered socially acceptable to be emotional about our children, to gush over babies, puppies and kittens. Some demonstrations of varying degrees of emotion are deemed acceptable, particularly towards other humans and to a lesser extent, to companion animals. It’s fine to cry at weddings, christenings and funerals and to be emotionally moved by music. It’s even socially acceptable to rail against and point fingers at what we choose…

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