The Year in Food 2007

Vegansexuals Say, “It’s Meat or Me!”

As if finding a mate weren’t hard enough already, some radical vegans are apparently limiting their dalliances to other non-animal-product eaters. Though the lifestyle has been around for a while, this was the year the media latched onto the term vegansexual. Named by a New Zealand researcher, these extreme eaters won’t play tonsil hockey with carnivores, whom they consider walking graveyards. “I would not want to be intimate with someone whose body is literally made up from the bodies of others who have died for their sustenance,” said one New Zealand practitioner. This, of course, led to the question of whether or not it is OK for vegans to breast-feed their babies or to have sex at all, what with all the swapping of bodily fluids. Cue spit or swallow jokes, if you must. Everyone laughs now (and vegans are used to being the butt of “loony liberal” jokes), but a few years down the line “Vegansexual” will probably be a category on —Emily Matchar

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