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Episode 124: “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

By Jasmin and Mariann — May 26, 2012

Welcome to the 124th episode of Our Hen House, featuring Tom Regan. 

In today’s episode, we discuss the confusion caused by seeing veganism as a weight loss plan. We tell you about our experiences speaking at an LGBT church here in Manhattan, we chat about the horrific story of a sheep who might be killed by guillotine for a supposed “art project,” and we’ll let you in on a very inspiring talk we attended by Victoria Moran, on bringing veganism to the mainstream. We also ruminate on why non-vegans so easily get defensive, and what, if any, our role is in that phenomenon.

Joining us today is world-renowned philosopher, Tom Regan, who will talk to us about the thesis behind his groundbreaking book, The Case for Animal Rightsthe idea that it’s so-called impossible to be vegan in certain climates and what that means for the rest of us; the connections between his early days in the anti-war movement and how that relates to his work in animal rights; and the important role that the arts plays in animal advocacy.

For our review, we’ll tell you all about one of our favorite things of all time: chocolate! We’ll give you some inside tips on our favorite morning hot beverage, and we’ll share with you our favorite cocoa powders – all slavery-free, of course.

All that, vegan banter, and of course, current events from the world of animal rights.

This week’s news items include: 

“When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audre Lorde 

Today’s episode is being sponsored by The Seed: A Vegan Experience, coming to NYC on June 16 and 17. Explore a compassionate and scrumptious plant-based world at The Seed: A Vegan Experience, featuring two full days of the finest food from New York’s famed vegan restaurant scene – the best in the world! Discover and delight in the latest cruelty-free products and services, world-renowned speakers, athletes and chefs, screenings of award-winning films, and eye-opening cooking demonstrations.

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(5) Readers Comments

  1. Azucena
    May 28, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Hey there! I'm a big fan. :) The chocolate stirer that I'm familiar with in my Mexican culture is called a molinillo.

  2. June 22, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Hey guys! I just came across your podcast and I enjoyed a lot of the discussion in this episode. I do think there is one thing I'd like to add--in the conversation about veganism being viewed as a weight lose diet, I heard the word "overweight" being used quite a bit. I think "fat" is generally a better word to use--overweight implies a) judgement (how do you know what is a good or ideal weight for another individual?) and b) that you know the overall health of another person based on their appearance. Whether a person looks or feels overweight is up to them. The word "fat" can sound like an insult to people, but that's only because of the excessive amount of fat phobia our culture promotes. To resist this phobia, I think claiming to word fat as just another way to describe a person's physicality and discarding the casual use of the word "overweight" is important.

  3. December 20, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Hey guys! I just came across your podcast and I enjoyed a lot of the discussion in this episode. I do think there is one thing I'd like to add--in the conversation about veganism being viewed as a weight lose diet, I heard the word "overweight" being used quite a bit. I think "fat" is generally a better word to use--overweight implies a) judgement (how do you know what is a good or ideal weight for another individual?) and b) that you know the overall health of another person based on their appearance. Whether a person looks or feels overweight is up to them. The word "fat" can sound like an insult to people, but that's only because of the excessive amount of fat phobia our culture promotes. To resist this phobia, I think claiming to word fat as just another way to describe a person's physicality and discarding the casual use of the word "overweight" is important..

  4. March 4, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Mariann and Jasmin, GOSH, I don't understand why everyone calls you both GUYS? I guess I want to draw attention to the fact that ....if they would think about it, they might rather call you Ladies, Girl's or Womyn. Maybe I should just let it be? But the feminist in me says otherwise! Cindy from PDX <3

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