Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Are you going to eat that?

The lunatic fringe at PETA has published a list of the world's sexiest vegetarians. My first thought when I scan the list is how few of the women listed (sorry, I'm neither qualified nor predisposed to judge the men) I would consider attractive, at least among the names that I recognize.

It's probably more a subcultural bias than reality, but vegetarians — especially vegans — always look wan and ill to me. And when I think of the folks listed on the PETA profile, most of them fit that description. You just don't see a lot of robust, zaftig, healthy-appearing folks who describe themselves as vegetarians.

On the one hand, I look at it this way — the more vegetarians at the table, the more meat for the rest of us. (I actually prefer fish and seafood to red meat anyway. Except on the barbecue, where you need a good London broil or rack of ribs like Mr. Weber intended.) On the other hand, as long as you aren't harassing other people over their dietary predilections, it's all good. We can still share the table, and the love. "Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats...let each be fully convinced in his own mind."

The carnivore (omnivore, actually, but carnivore makes a stronger contrast) always has one key advantage over the vegetarian, though. If a carnivore and a vegetarian are stranded on a desert island with no food, the carnivore can always eat the vegetarian.

It's something to keep in mind.

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