Women’s Place, Male Myths, and the Vegan Diet

We and all the animals were created out of clay, and lived in a peaceful Paradise with one another at one time–so go some of the old Biblical and mythological views on life. Others talk about a time when Eve, the mother of humankind, ate the fruit of the wrong tree and therefore sent us all into miserable existence. As such ancient legends are thought to actually bear some resemblance to actual ancient history, it is possible that the “apple” Eve ate–the food God had forbidden, significantly forbidden along with that of the “Tree of Life”–represented lifeforms other than plant food, i.e. eating the “apple” signifies the beginning of the eating of meat and animal products.

However, was it actually Eve–the woman of the first mated couple on earth–rather than Adam that created the first “sin”? Was it actually she that ate the first animal products? Given that men were in control of the writings of the Bible for many hundreds of years, it makes sense that we ask that question. Moreover, It takes much strength to kill an animal, and generally men are stronger than women, a fact which is probably the main reason that men are most often the hunters of various tribes and cultures, not women. Also, women tend to be more compassionate towards other living creatures than men are.

No, I say it is most likely that it was man’s idea to kill animals and eat them–not Eve’s. Relatedly, the fact that men associate hunting with the male role model is probably another reason that women vegetarians and vegans outnumber their masculine counterparts by large ratios.

But it is women who–fortunately or no–are the managers, if not the owners, of the family kitchen. Women who can advocate for the vegan diet by cooking delicious plant-based (vegan) meals are one of the most potent forces of compassion towards farm animals on our planet! Although many of us would take issue with the fact that we are treated unfairly when we are “put in our place” by being chained to the unpaid kitchen, grocery shopping, (and childcare) jobs, it is we who also have more power than our male partners to save farm animals’ lives, and improve our familiy’s health. Hence, although women certainly can influence what their family eats without actually being the cook, as International Women’s Day draws near on Saturday, March 12th, the power of women in the kitchen can be something to celebrate!


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