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Former Utne Reader senior editor Keith Goetzman on environmental issues from climate change to composting.

Stop Eating Meat or I’ll Kick Your Ass

 by Keith Goetzman

Tags: Keith Goetzman, environment, vegetarianism, veganism, misogyny, punk rock, John Joseph, VegNews,

Meat Is for Pussies by John JospehIf you’re a vegetarian, you could share your beliefs with others through thoughtful dialogue and reasoned debate—or you could simply hurl misogynistic insults at meat eaters. John Joseph, the vegan 47-year-old frontman for old-school hardcore punk band the Cro-Mags, appears to be taking the latter approach with the title of his new book, Meat Is for Pussies. That’s right, by comparing carnivores to the female sex organ—the lowest thing that a man could be, the ultimate insult in junior-high circles—I guess Joseph hopes to win over the hearts of fellow macho, angry dudes like himself.

The hilarious thing is that in the July-August issue of Veg News, Joseph is all about the love, telling an interviewer, “Too many people in the mainstream think that to be compassionate makes you a wimp, thus the title of my new book. … We can change the world through compassion not only to animals but to all our fellow human beings.” Like women, perhaps?

To be fair, lots of books these days have attention-getting titles that help them snare publicity in a competitive field. (Look, it’s working.) And Joseph’s book—which I have not read—appears to be largely a call to fitness and raw food, subtitled A How-To Guide for Dudes Who Want to Get Fit, Kick Ass, and Take Names. But really, do we need to descend to juvenile name calling to be heard? What’s next, Cooked Food Is for Fags?

Source: VegNews (article not available online)