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 First let me be clear, not warning your guests that there is beef broth in the vegetable soup if you know they're vegetarian is a dick move. However, I am incredibly bothered by this trend in the blogosphere in which people who choose to avoid animal products lump their issues with those with Celiac, allergies, and food intolerances. It's a false equivalency because vegetarianism is about lifestyle choice, not whether the animal protein will kill them. Yes, there are people out there with allergies and intolerances to some kinds of animal products, but you have to remember this, those health problems aren't a choice either.

 Thus it sickens me that anyone would imply that somehow I as a person who gets sick by even touching a gluten product is somehow having the same problems as vegetarians are having. Hell no. It's an inappropriate (to put it mildly) appropriation of real medical problems, and if anything, plays down the real medical problems that can occur if someone with something like an allergy comes in to contact with the wrong proteins. I believe it's dangerous, because the last thing people like us need are more people lumping allergies, food intolerances, and Celiac with lifestyle choices, I have heard too many horror stories of kids with severe nut allergies dying because their condition wasn't taken seriously by others (including relatives), so I can't help but feel a certain chill when yet another vegetarian acts like they're in the same boat as we are, because they sure hell are not.

Pre-ETA: Just in case anyone wonder, I was vegetarian for years before I quit. 

Date: 2011-01-21 01:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moonbathe_skin
There are so many times where people have said to me "there's only a little bit of wheat in it" and I'm like


It's true that fussy eaters stop people taking allergies seriously.

That said I am veggie.

Date: 2011-01-21 02:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] anna_copperowl
You are singing to the choir, here. I've tried to make this point to people and on occasion have been castigated for saying it, as though I am belittling the folks who make voluntary dietary choices instead of emphasizing that some of us are complying with medical necessities.

I sincerely hope it will get better. Until then, I'm OK with being considered a curmudgeon.

And by the way -- although I rarely comment, I've really been enjoying your posts. Thanks.


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