The presence of misanthropy, misogyny and violence in a social justice movement

Friends, Please think about who you are promoting in regards their positions on violence. For example, there are a few advocates who promote a person Gary Yourofsky stating that a speech he made about being vegan a couple of years ago is “the best speech you will ever hear”. But I would like you to also consider that he also promotes violence against women. The following quote comes from the same person who is advocating that we cease violence against nonhuman animals.

Mr. Gary Yourofsky unapologetically stated

“Every woman ensconced in fur should endure a rape so vicious that it scars them forever.”

You cannot isolate a speech about being vegan from misanthropy and misogyny and pretend those pro-violence positions do not exist. We should be appalled and rightly so and reject discrimination of all kinds because they have no place in a movement about nonviolence. Misanthropy and misogyny have no place in a movement about nonviolence. Violence is the problem, not the solution. Please be congruent in what and who you promote. There are no leaders in a political nonviolent grassroots vegan movement. We are all be leaders. Please be nonviolent and please promote veganism in nonviolent ways.

Thanks 🙂

For further reading on this issue: On Militant Direct Action http://uvearchives.wordpress.com/category/militant-direct-action/
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