Colleen Patrick-Goudreau Explains How Men Are Taught To Quell Their Compassion Towards Animals


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Award-winning author of seven books, Host of the Animalogy & Food for Thought Podcasts, and cultural commentator Colleen Patrick-Goudreau explains how men are taught to quell their compassion towards animals. 

The genius behind The Joyful Vegan sat down with Plant Based News’ Co-Founder Robbie Lockie for the latest episode of the PBN podcast to discuss Colleen’s childhood, religion, masculinity, politics, privilege, and how they all intersect.

This podcast covers subjects including:

1.40: Colleen’s vegan story

9.35: The tension and joy in being vegan

11.45: Childhood memories of animals

14:15: Learning compassion

16.44: Masculinity and veganism

20.30: Excluding animals from religion

29.10: Is veganism a cult?

33.25: Colleen’s tips on how to not push family and friends away

36.45: Are their ineffective forms of advocacy?

48.40: How to further the growth of veganism

51.10: The Joyful Vegan

55.10: Politics and veganism

59.08: Angry vegans

1.02.10: Privilege and inclusivity

1.05.15: Intersectionality

1.08.19: What keeps you positive?

“Anger is a natural human emotion, it is a natural response especially to something so heinous once we find out what so many animals are enduring so it’s not that I’m saying let’s not be angry,” Colleen states.

But A. What can we do to channel that anger in a healthy and effective way? And B. Are we cultivating anger as a way to prove something – to prove that we care?”

The Joyful Vegan

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau’s compassionate living philosophy is ‘propelling plant-based eating into the mainstream and forever changing how we regard animals’.

Her latest book The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Eat Meat, Dairy, and Eggs tackles the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan in a non-vegan world.

“Many people choose veganism as a logical and sensible response to their concerns about animals, the environment, and/or their health. But despite their positive intentions and the personal benefits they experience, they’re often met with resistance from friends, family members, and society at large. These external factors can make veganism socially difficult—and emotionally exhausting—to sustain,” the book’s description reads.

“This leads to an unfortunate reality: the majority of vegans (and vegetarians) revert back to consuming meat, dairy, or eggs—breaching their own values and sabotaging their own goals in the process.”

You can listen to the full podcast here and buy The Joyful Vegan here

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