This post deserves a lot more attention than I’m going to give it right now, but I did want to get the thought out there while it’s still fresh in my mind.
My friend Paul, who runs the fat acceptance web site Big Fat Blog, recently posted about the lack of men and people of color in the fat acceptance movement. Another friend routinely blogs about homeschooling and how he’s always battling the common misconception of homeschooling as the sole domain of far right-wing religious zealots.
It occurred to me that all of these movements are facing some very similar issues, all based around either shattering misconceptions and fighting stereotypes or encouraging the involvement of groups that are not well represented. In the AR movement, it’s always been disproportionately white, at least outwardly. This issue is covered in-depth by long-time veg blog reader johanna (and others) over at Vegans of Color. And while there are plenty of men involved in animal rights, caring about the welfare and rights of animals are still largely viewed by mainstream America as feminine. I don’t even need to mention the stereotypes we deal with every day, do I?
It’d be nice if there were a larger movement–perhaps that grand “progressive movement” I hear so much about–that would let smaller groups work together to figure these types of issues out. Activist activism. Or something. A place where groups with seemingly different agendas can use their common ground to work towards a greater overall activist involvement. (I went to such a gathering in Portland last year and it was excellent.)