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Veganism in
Intersectionality
And the Science of Social Change
Svetlana Colbert
TW and CW:
The topics covered today may include
but not be limited to speech and
images of racism, sexism, violence,
anima...
INTERSECTIONALITY AND MAINSTREAM
VEGANISM - OUR HEARTS ARE INTHE RIGHT
PLACES BUT OUR MINDS ARE NOT
INTERSECTIONALITY –
WHAT IS IT?
Nazi Book Burning 1933
THE NEED FOR HEALTHY CRITICISM OF OUR
MOVEMENT
WHAT HASVEGANISMGOTTO DOWITH INTERSECTIONALTHEORY?
HOW DOESTHE INCLUSIONOFVEGANISM IN INTERSECTIONALITY BENEFIT
THE MOVEME...
INTERSECTIONALITYVSVEGANISM
HIERARCHICAL ----> MORAL RELATIVITY
OR
VEGANISM IN INTERSECTIONALITY
TOTAL LIBERATION
HUMANISED HUMAN
(WHITE, CIS HETERO
MALE)
ANIMALISED HUMAN
(POC, POOR/ETHNIC)
HUMANISEDANIMAL
(PETS)
ANIMALISEDWOMAN
(women...
Animalisation and
objectification of women
to "sell" veganism
“It is actually women of colour, poor women, lesbian
women, trans women, disabled women, and other
vulnerable women pay th...
"Instead of seeking to free ourselves from the system that oppresses us,
we are trying to find our place within it" - Chri...
Image source: sistah vegan
“Every woman ensconced in fur should endure
a rape so vicious that it scars them forever.”
GaryYourofsky
"moral schizophre...
Food access as a form of control, WHITE
PRIVILEGE, CLASS and COLONIALISM
Food Deserts in USA
Source: grist.org
Image source: popsugar
Source: vegnews.com
THE POWER OF
INCLUSIVE MOVEMENTS
Raffi Ciavatta & LiliaTrenkova from Collectively Free
THE ROLE OF CAPITALISM IN OPPRESSION AND
ANIMAL EXPLOITATION
CAPITALISM
- an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for...
Dr Melanie Joy's "Defence MechanismTheory"
To maintain power, Carnism uses primary and secondary defences. Capitalism uses...
VEGAN
CRUELTY FREE
Source: Empty Cages Collective
Capitalism –Coopting +
commodifying social justice
 - By coopting, and commodifying altruism and social
justice and profi...
"In a nutshell, the in vitro meat scheme ignores speciesism. It ignores an
ideology of oppression. Beyond excluding many o...
VEGANISM – MORAL BASELINE?
The problems of basing morality in privilege and absolutism
IFVEGANISM IS EXCLUSIVE – IS IT
A "SINGLE ISSUE CAMPAIGN"?
AREVEGANSAN OPPRESSED
MINORITY?
POLITICALVEGANISMVS IDENTITY AND BOYCOTTVEGANISM
Robert C. Jones
VEGANISM AS A MOVEMENT OF ALLIES
I ONLY CAREABOUT
ANIMALS
HOWTO BE A GOOD ALLY
EDUCATEYOURSELF: spend the time researching for available information from reputable sources about th...
THE SCIENCE OF SOCIAL
CHANGE
EMOTIONS AND RATIONALITY
THE IMPORTANCEOF INCLUSIVITY, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONAND NURTURING POSITIVITY
1) By creating a community "mental tribe" an...
BEAWAREAND GETTO KNOWYOUR AUDIENCE
ONE ON ONE ADVOCACYVS ONLINE SPACES
Single mum?
Immigrant?
Mental Health?
POC?
Women?
N...
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert
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Talk given at the Animal Activists Forum 2017 in Melbourne: http://www.activistsforum.com/

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Veganism in Intersectionality and the Science of Social Change by Svetlana Colbert

  1. 1. Veganism in Intersectionality And the Science of Social Change Svetlana Colbert
  2. 2. TW and CW: The topics covered today may include but not be limited to speech and images of racism, sexism, violence, animal abuse, ableism, sexual assault
  3. 3. INTERSECTIONALITY AND MAINSTREAM VEGANISM - OUR HEARTS ARE INTHE RIGHT PLACES BUT OUR MINDS ARE NOT
  4. 4. INTERSECTIONALITY – WHAT IS IT?
  5. 5. Nazi Book Burning 1933
  6. 6. THE NEED FOR HEALTHY CRITICISM OF OUR MOVEMENT
  7. 7. WHAT HASVEGANISMGOTTO DOWITH INTERSECTIONALTHEORY? HOW DOESTHE INCLUSIONOFVEGANISM IN INTERSECTIONALITY BENEFIT THE MOVEMENT (and the animals)? 1) it defines non human animals as oppressed individuals and a minority group 2) it brings speciesism to light within groups who are focused on justice and dismantling oppression 3) it creates alliances and intersections of power of individuals striving for justice - a united movement targeting all roots of oppression is more powerful than divided movements because 4) all oppression is interconnected and addressing only one form whilst perpetrating or ignoring another is counterproductive, morally inconsistent and less effective. 5) the animal rights movement is thus a social justice movement and is unique in the sense that it is led by allies within the oppressor group i.e. humans.
  8. 8. INTERSECTIONALITYVSVEGANISM HIERARCHICAL ----> MORAL RELATIVITY OR VEGANISM IN INTERSECTIONALITY TOTAL LIBERATION
  9. 9. HUMANISED HUMAN (WHITE, CIS HETERO MALE) ANIMALISED HUMAN (POC, POOR/ETHNIC) HUMANISEDANIMAL (PETS) ANIMALISEDWOMAN (women,WOC in particular) ANIMALISEDANIMAL (animals produced for food, fashion, entertainment etc) FEMINISEDANIMAL (hens, cows) Adapted from Carol JAdams
  10. 10. Animalisation and objectification of women to "sell" veganism
  11. 11. “It is actually women of colour, poor women, lesbian women, trans women, disabled women, and other vulnerable women pay the price of white women’s “empowerment.” Privileged young white women can enter public spaces, flaunt their sexuality, and find it “liberating,” but it’s the masses of poor and disadvantaged women who are not allowed to participate who also bear the brunt of that “liberation” through rape, sexual harassment, and beatings.”. - Dr Corey LeeWrenn Vegan voices of color blog also states: “Effectively engaging communities of color in the fight for animal liberation will not be accomplished by telling us to shut up about our issues and focus on animal lives. It will not be accomplished by a PoC walking past a naked,White womxn laying on the concrete lacquered in red corn syrup.”
  12. 12. "Instead of seeking to free ourselves from the system that oppresses us, we are trying to find our place within it" - Christopher Sebastian Is collective freedom achieved by neoliberalism – the very fabric of what allows speciesism and other forms of oppression to thrive – though choices of privileged individuals not impacted by the consequences of their choices in a society with power abuse and inequality? Or does total liberation require the challenge of privilege to lift those who are oppressed? Why do the same tired excuses come up in other movements? Because the narratives of oppression are the same.
  13. 13. Image source: sistah vegan
  14. 14. “Every woman ensconced in fur should endure a rape so vicious that it scars them forever.” GaryYourofsky "moral schizophrenia" - Gary Francione THE COST OF HEROWORSHIP
  15. 15. Food access as a form of control, WHITE PRIVILEGE, CLASS and COLONIALISM
  16. 16. Food Deserts in USA Source: grist.org
  17. 17. Image source: popsugar
  18. 18. Source: vegnews.com
  19. 19. THE POWER OF INCLUSIVE MOVEMENTS
  20. 20. Raffi Ciavatta & LiliaTrenkova from Collectively Free
  21. 21. THE ROLE OF CAPITALISM IN OPPRESSION AND ANIMAL EXPLOITATION
  22. 22. CAPITALISM - an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state. - focused on exponential growth on a planet with finite resources - everything that can be commodified and sold as goods for profit is favourable and is simply called business - this includes packaging and trade of living beings, and ideas as "intellectual property", including social justice movements - has been successful due the dominance of classism, white supremacy, war, violence as punishment for non compliance, patriarchy, heterosexism etc - David Nibert wrote about the economic gain as being the drive of oppression in his books -The words "capital" has it’s definition rooted in animal husbandry and animal domesecration. Animals were used as instruments in war. Animal agriculture not only gave way to expansion of capitalism but played a central role to colonisation. Animal agriculture requires extensive land occupation and the expansion of white settlement in every part of the world, Americas, Asia, Pacific and the Islands would not have been as successful as it has been without Animal agriculture and the exploitation of both human and non human animals. It has certainly paved an easier and quicker road for the success of industrialist era.
  23. 23. Dr Melanie Joy's "Defence MechanismTheory" To maintain power, Carnism uses primary and secondary defences. Capitalism uses the same tactics PRIMARY –VALIDATE ITSELF SECONDARY – INVALIDATE OPPOSING SYSTEM Natural, Necessary, Nice Anti____
  24. 24. VEGAN CRUELTY FREE
  25. 25. Source: Empty Cages Collective
  26. 26. Capitalism –Coopting + commodifying social justice  - By coopting, and commodifying altruism and social justice and profiting from the packaged product, capitalism effectively decontextualises (rebrands), compartmentalises and reduces the movements i.e. Removes their power  - Neoliberal tactics are not solutions to an issue or system rooted in capitalist free market ideals missguided Image source: daily mail
  27. 27. "In a nutshell, the in vitro meat scheme ignores speciesism. It ignores an ideology of oppression. Beyond excluding many other facets of animal exploitation, it also condones the consumption and oppression of NonhumanAnimals as a symbolic matter.To “okay” this behavior, even if it is not directly hurting the select few nonhumans represented, is hugely detrimental to the advancement of Nonhuman Animal rights" "Dairy cattle, veal calves, wool producing sheep, layer hens, and racehorses, for example, all go to slaughter when their bodies become “spent” and they become a burden on the industry. Unless dairy and eggs become obsolete, these animals will still be sent to their deaths regardless of in vitro markets. And what of “leather” and “fur”? In vitro meat does nothing to reduce the demand for animal flesh used for fashion. What of rodeos, zoos, and circuses? In vitro is totally unrelated. And vivisection? Not only does in vitro fail to solve the problem of using Nonhuman Animals as test subjects, but it will inevitably require considerable amounts of pain and death to create in vitro meat. .. A society that symbolically normalises oppression will facilitate actual oppression.That’s common sense.” - Dr Corey Lee Wrenn
  28. 28. VEGANISM – MORAL BASELINE? The problems of basing morality in privilege and absolutism
  29. 29. IFVEGANISM IS EXCLUSIVE – IS IT A "SINGLE ISSUE CAMPAIGN"? AREVEGANSAN OPPRESSED MINORITY?
  30. 30. POLITICALVEGANISMVS IDENTITY AND BOYCOTTVEGANISM Robert C. Jones
  31. 31. VEGANISM AS A MOVEMENT OF ALLIES I ONLY CAREABOUT ANIMALS
  32. 32. HOWTO BE A GOOD ALLY EDUCATEYOURSELF: spend the time researching for available information from reputable sources about the experiences of minorities.The multitude of stories and personal accounts will give a broader understanding and empathy of the struggles of others. LISTEN: Learning is facilitated by listening not speaking. KNOW WHEN IT IS APPROPRIATE FORYOUTO SPEAK. ATTEND EVENTS AND INFORMATION EVENINGS: if you show your care, interest and true support of other communities, they will show interest and listen to you so you can exchange ideas BE AWARE OFTHE WHITE SAVIOUR COMPLEX: entering spaces as a white individual to dictate advocacy is inappropriate.This applies to any position of privilege especially if you are not part of the same minority. Both groups can exchange knowledge respectfully and grow stronger as a community. ALWAYS CALL OUT/IN RACISM, SEXISM, QUEERPHOBIA, ABLEISM ETC: being an ally is full time ACKNOWLEDGEYOUR MISTAKES: no one is a perfect advocate and we all make mistakes. Listen to the individual who calls you in/out and accept your mistake, apologise and make changes to behavior, mentality. GIVE CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE: part of the use of the term pro intersectional as opposed to intersectional is recognising the origin of intersectionality from women of colour and the privilege as a white individual to use this concept and adapt it.
  33. 33. THE SCIENCE OF SOCIAL CHANGE
  34. 34. EMOTIONS AND RATIONALITY
  35. 35. THE IMPORTANCEOF INCLUSIVITY, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONAND NURTURING POSITIVITY 1) By creating a community "mental tribe" and inviting non vegans by relatability, we make them feel welcome on common ground 2) Focus on discussing a non-vegan's non violent beliefs and not on their unconscious taught behavior I.e. nurturing their empathy and compassion. 3) Story telling allows the listener to relate to you and see themselves in your experiences vicariously, and share your journey to veganism from a non threatened position. E.g. James Aspey's success from speaking is largely from his story telling which allows the listeners to "put themselves in his shoes" and creates trust and rapport from inviting them into his tribe. 4)"Goal is not to be right, but for both parties to be and feel understood" - Melanie Joy. 5) If you don't care about your audience, it will show and they will feel like they should not care either. 6) Remember how and why you subscribed to carnism before veganism and try not to come from a place of judgement as this creates a "us" and "them" mentality. 7) Know when it's appropriate to outreach – avoid relaying guilt ---> creates negative shame emotions 8) Don’t end the conversation with just "why" but give support information on "how" - people may be overwhelmed with information and it may seem like a burden.
  36. 36. BEAWAREAND GETTO KNOWYOUR AUDIENCE ONE ON ONE ADVOCACYVS ONLINE SPACES Single mum? Immigrant? Mental Health? POC? Women? Non – Christian?

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