Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak

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Sistah Vegan is a unique gathering of reflections, poems, personal narratives, and critical essays from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans who describe their many and varied motivations for deciding not to eat animal products. However, Sistah Vegan goes way beyond discussions of diet and lifestyle to examine veganism's intersection with race, nutrition, gender-identification, animal rights, spirituality, health and healing, body image, parenting, and personal and collective liberation. Thought-provoking, challenging, passionate, and affirming in its identification and dismantling of environmental racism, ecological devastation, and other social injustices, Sistah Vegan is an in-your-face handbook for our time. It calls upon all of us to make radical changes for the betterment of ourselves, our planet, and—by extension—everyone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590561454
  • Publisher: Lantern Books NY
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 977,698
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Appreciations vii

Preface Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson ix

Introduction: The Birth of the Sistah Vegan Project A. Breeze Harper xiii

1 Thinking and Eating at the Same Time: Reflections of a Sistah Vegan Michelle R. Loyd-Paige 1

2 Veganism and Ecowomanism Layli Phillips 8

3 Social Justice Beliefs and Addiction to Uncompassionate Consumption: Food for Thought A. Breeze Harper 20

4 On Being Black and Vegan Delicia Dunham 42

5 Nutrition Liberation: Plant-based Diets as a Tool for Healing, Resistance, and Self-reliance Melissa Danielle 47

6 Young, Black, and Vegan Joi Marie Probus 53

7 Veganism: Stepping Away from the Status Quo Venus Taylor 58

8 Being a Sistah at PETA Ain Drew 61

9 Hospital-sponsored Junk Food at a "Healthy" Bike-Riding Event? Robin Lee 65

10 Black-a-tarian Ma'at Sincere Earth 68

11 Identity, Freedom, and Veganism Melissa Santosa 73

12 Terror Tara Sophia Bahna-James 78

13 Eyes of the Dead Mary Spears 80

14 I Am Sistah Vegan Tasha Edwards 82

15 Gourmet Chef at McD's Olu Butterfly Woods 84

16 To Eat or Not to Eat Thea Moore 87

17 Stop Feeding Me Your Bullsh*t Tishana Joy Trainor 90

18 "What You Cooking, Grandma?" Nia Yaa 92

19 The Food and Sex Link Angelique Shofar 101

20 Journey to Veganism Ajowa Nzinga Ifateyo 110

21 The Fulfillment of the Movement Adama Maweja 123

22 Ma'at Diet Iya Raet 139

23 Because They Matter Tashee Meadows 150

24 Journey Toward Compassionate Choice: Integrating Vegan and Sistah Experience Tara Sophia Bahna-James 155

25 Veganism and Misconceptions of Thinness as "Normal" and "Healthy": Sistah Vegans Break It Down in Cyberspace A. Breeze Harper 169

Afterword: Liberation as Connection and the Decolonization of Desire Pattrice Jones 187

Notes 202

About the Contributors 209

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