Writer, liberator, and self-described DELINQUENT Aiyana Goodfellow joins the podcast this week for an eye-opening conversation that just might shift your perspective on many things, including veganism, anti-speciesism, and activism.
Aiyana shares their thoughts on the mainstream vegan movement and the importance of developing one’s own ideology instead of simply “performing goodness” in your lifestyle and activism. We dive into why strategy is the backbone of successful activism and how Aiyana tailors their message of anti-speciesism to meet their audience where it’s at. Aiyana also discusses themes of their first book, Radical Companionship: Rejecting Pethood and Embracing Our Multispecies World, and shares details of their upcoming book, INNOCENCE AND CORRUPTION.
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Aiyana Goodfellow (he/she/they) is a writer, liberator, and DELINQUENT artist and organizer based in London, UK. They are the author of Radical Companionship: Rejecting Pethood & Embracing Our Multispecies World, which they published at the age of 15.
“The exploitation of animals has always existed in tandem with the exploitation of marginalized humans.” – Aiyana Goodfellow
Highlights for Episode 703:
- What Aiyana means when they describe themself as a DELINQUENT and how, along with their writing and liberation work, this identity intersects with their animal activism
- Aiyana’s book, Radical Companionship: Rejecting Pethood and Embracing Our Multispecies World, and the importance of unlearning our oppressive tendencies toward the animals that share our homes
- How we can build a more liberated way of engaging with non-human animals of all kinds
- What Aiyana means when they say “animals create,” why understanding this is a practice of nature, and how it can help us connect with other animals and with the world around us
- How animal advocacy and anti-speciesism fit into Aiyana’s anti-colonial philosophy
- How the term “white veganism” relates to white supremacy
- Why veganism has become a capitalist term that refers to diet rather than a holistic ideology that includes a political and moral framework
- How Aiyana is trying to educate people on what being a vegan really means
- How allyship changes your material reality and why performative allyship is harmful to marginalized communities, including non-human animals
- More about Aiyana’s Black-led, UK-based micro-publishing house, The Anima Print, and her upcoming book Innocence and Corruption castles, and the accent
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