I had a nice experience this afternoon.
I put on a new “Vegan” t-shirt I bought at Summerfest ( http://www.vegetariansummerfest.org ) and headed down to the mall in Washington D.C.
I walked around a lot on the mall and spent a lot of time at the Hirschorn.
Two strangers in two separate incidents stopped me and told me that they really liked my t-shirt with “Vegan” in big letters on it.
A lot of people and organizations are “afraid” to use the “v-word” ( “vegan” ) for fear of “scaring” people away by “setting the bar too high”, so many orgs use “vegetarian”. Having done a lot of direct work with the public there is a lot to this idea.
I’m sure that is still true, but my experiences today make me hopeful that as with its predecessor “vegetarian”, “vegan” is moving away from being a “dirty word” in the United States.
I believe “dirty words” stop being dirty words when people use them.
My experiences today have encouraged me to keep using the word “vegan” instead of “vegetarian” whenever I can.
Here is a picture of the t-shirt
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