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Would You Be Willing to Go Vegan to Look Sexy—or to Date Someone Sexy?

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Meet the vegansexuals—they're sexy, eco-conscious and won't dare to kiss a meat eater, reported Alternet.

Twelve years after the vegan eating manual Skinny Bitch was published, it is still Amazon's 98th ranked book in the Health, Fitness & Dieting/Women's Health category. While most Oprah-era self-help books coddled readers, authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin played drill sergeant. If you think you can "eat cheeseburgers all day long and lose weight," you’re delusional, they wrote. Not only does meat make you fat, "no matter how you slice it, it's still a putrefying corpse," they added. How did they really feel?

Freedman and Barnouin similarly disparaged dairy products. Dairy inundates your body with prolactin, somatostatin, melatonin, oxytocin, growth hormone, luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone, thyrotropin- releasing hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone and 14 other unwanted hormones, they wrote. That's in addition to the fat, calories, cholesterol, and in many cases, antibiotics. No wonder you're fat and bloated, the authors pointed out––fat acceptance be damned.

Certainly, photos of the authors––Freedman is a former modeling agent and Barnouin is a former model––show them to be Skinny Bitches most woman would not mind resembling. The book, when it was first published, was spotted in the hands of fashion icon Victoria Beckham and actress Lindsay Lohan, adding to its sexy cachet.

When Skinny Bitch was published, the sex appeal of veganism was buttressed by the emergence of the term vegansexual––those who refuse sexual contact with meat eaters. The term originated with a group of mostly young, attractive vegans in New Zealand.

"It would disgust me to see my boy tucking into a chicken," one vegansexual told a reporter. "I would not want to be intimate with somebody whose body is literally made up from the bodies of others who have died for their sustenance," said another.

When vegansexuals first emerged on the scene, New Zealand meat eaters joked they would breed themselves out of existence because they would not be able to find mates. But the concept has endured. Last year Vice reported that vegansexualism is alive and well, and not just in New Zealand. Moreover, today’s vegansexuals are even more outspoken than early ones.

"Non-vegetarian bodies smell different to me—they are, after all, literally sustained through carcasses, the murdered flesh of others. Even though I might find someone really attractive, I wouldn't want to get close to them in a physical sense if their body was derived from meat. For me, this constitutes my very personal form of ethical sexuality," one told the outlet. (Vice found there was biological evidence for the olfactory accusations.)

Meat eaters who are offended by the pre-emptive rejection by vegansexuals may want to consider this: Would an environmentalist date a coal miner? Would a non-smoker enjoy kissing a smoker?

Moreover, vegansexuals are decidedly sexier than meat eaters, to those who consider “thin” sexy. The average American man today weighs 194 pounds and the average woman 165 pounds, not exactly featherweights. One animal protection group says the average vegan woman weighs 38 pounds less than her meat-eating counterpart.

Giving up meat is also catching on. Whereas only one percent of baby boomers and four percent of Gen Xers were vegetarians (close to vegan), 12 percent of millennials are. There are more than half a million vegans in Great Britain alone, and one London vegan dating site claims more than 500 members. And when dates go well, there are even vegan condoms available.


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