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Late last night I caught this gem from one of my childhood friends:

If you don't eat meat..that's your choice, don't share you bs opinion with my growing daughter! :-P

I didn't respond, but I was sorely tempted to!

Aren't all opinions, depending on your perspective, bullshit? I remember being told years ago "Opinions are like assholes: everybody has one they are usually full of shit."

I am far from a militant vegan. I consider myself an omnivore. I do try to make friends with veggies more these days, but I can't help but be in love with a good steak. And I understand that unless I'm getting my meat from the Amish (and I'm not) that my meat is chock full of hormones and who knows what else. Its an informed decision I make when I eat meat. And while I do find the more preachy vegans to be more than a little irritating, I would never get that nasty towards them.

I get the whole protective parent thing. Really, I do. But I looked at that statement and I can't help but wonder: what's the harm in educating a child about vegetarianism as a dietary option? When did vegetables become "bad" for your "growing daughter"?

And for that matter...when did knowledge itself become bad? I started substituting "eat meat" for other things...

If you're Catholic, that's your choice...but don't share your bs opinion with my growing daughter!
If you vote, that's your choice...but don't share your bs opinion with my growing daughter!
If you believe in the laws of physics, that's your choice...but don't share your bs opinion with my growing daughter!

I guess it all boils down to how the information is presented to a child. There's no sense in telling a 6 year old that eating hormone-laden meat will send them to an early grave (even though there's plenty of statistical data to support that). There's no need to use fear tactics to scare anyone into a change in lifestyle. But I truly don't see the harm in explaining to a kid the benefits of eating more veggies and less McDonald's Happy Meals.

What's wrong with letting your child see more than one perspective on an issue and letting them decide for themselves where they stand? Isn't it the goal of a parent to raise kids to think for themselves?

Date: 2011-11-07 05:02 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] ariestess
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I don't get that attitude either. And my 10.5yo nephew is a practicing vegetarian for ethical reasons. Yes, he does eat some meat, but if he [or his mom] can't verify that the animals were raised and slaughtered humanely, he won't eat the meat. And I am so very proud of him for that. I can't do it myself, and I accept that I am eating hormone-laden, inhumanely raised/slaughtered meat. I don't like it, but until I have better income to get more ethical meat, I accept this decision. Hell, my nephew's mom is a kosher pescatarian [sp?], so... BUT she did not force my nephew to go vegetarian either. And yes, he still occasionally has regular meat, but always has to do some serious decision making first.

But yeah, I don't understand the idea of not presenting all options to a child and letting them make their own informed decision.

Date: 2011-11-07 07:27 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] spaceoperadiva
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I guess it depends on how old the kid is and how the info is shared. It's one thing to suggest to a kid that vegetarian options can be tasty and good for you, and another thing entirely to show a six year old pictures of baby cows being poleaxed with pick axes as an illustrative guide to the horrors of meat consumption.

Date: 2011-11-07 08:28 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] nicki
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It might be an issue if the daughter has had some struggles with body image and food restriction. I've known a fair number of girls in their teen/tween years who would refuse to eat saying they were vegetarian when really they were restricting.

Date: 2011-11-08 03:35 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] lupagreenwolf
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Some people are afraid their kids won't turnout exactly like them.

Date: 2012-05-22 05:57 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] bzero
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I'm with lupagreenwolf -- a lot of parents believe the goal of a parent is to indoctrinate children to turn out just like them. =/

Have a good birthday this week!


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