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Cover of "The Female Eunuch"

Cover of The Female Eunuch

Please help me create a rad reading list for fledgling Radigans! I want to create a tab/page with a suggested reading list for people on the verge of a political awakening who stumble across my page. Suggest works that personally challenged you or led you to some sort of new awakening. Fiction and non-fiction, ancient and contemporary – everything’s welcome.

Here are my first suggestions, off the top of my head:

The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
The Better World Handbook by Ellis Jones, Ross Haenfler, and Brett Johnson
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer

I’m sure you have better ones, so submit them in the comments!  Websites, blogs, artists, musicians, festivals, and so forth are also welcome, though I’m keeping the page limited to books for now.

Universe Closed

Life is meant to be lived. Wholeheartedly and unabashedly. We only get one shot here on this crazy planet, and we owe it to ourselves and our fellow earthlings to make our one shot count.

Maybe there is no point to all of this. In the grand scheme, we’re just a bunch of chunks of carbon and water in the vast universe. There is no grand purpose, fate, destiny, karma, or any other grand schemata that will make meaning for us. We have to make our own meaning.

In our day to day choices, in our own ways, in our outrageous acts and everyday rebellions, in our words, in our purchases, we make meaning. We craft our purpose daily. It doesn’t just happen; it has to be sought after and fought for.

Start a feminist book club. Protest outside your local town hall. Write a manifesto. Go vegan. Make music. Do something, anything, that shouts to the universe, “I’m here, and I matter!”

Make your mark on this world, Radigans. You’re going to die someday, maybe even today. Don’t waste a day in this beautiful and terrible world. Make every day count.

Oprah goes vegan (again)!

Posted: January 31, 2011 in MeatlessMonday, vegan

Oprah and her staff went vegan for a week, and an episode about the experiment will air tomorrow.  This isn’t the first time that Ms. Winfrey has dabbled in veganism, and I am interested to see if this “challenge” will stick, with The Divine Miss O or with any of her staff.

I think that anything that encourages the American public to think about their complicity in the modern food system, especially animal agriculture.  I think that phrasing the experiment as a “challenge” might be misleading or off-putting to non-vegans, but it remains to be seen how the show portrays veganism.

So, I will be live-tweeting the entire show with my reactions!

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Dear vegetarians,

You are awesome.  I love how you decided to stop eating meat.  Maybe you think that animals shouldn’t be tortured and eaten by people, or maybe you are trying to keep your cholesterol down.  That is a wonderful choice for you.  I was vegetarian for years, then fell off the wagon for a few more years because I felt like I wasn’t making a difference.  I started eating meat again.  I still thought it was wrong to eat meat, since I had so many other, healthy, animal-friendly options, but I did it anyway.  Oh, I’d buy free-range eggs (right along factory farmed meat), but my values were out of sync with my actions.  I had given up.

This summer, after visiting the feedlot where my brother-in-law works, I started doing some research on how animals are raised and killed here in the United States, and I was sickened by what I learned.  I went vegan this summer, and though I’ve had some slip-ups out of ignorance here and there, I’ve done my best to stick with it.

Sometimes people tell me they could never be vegetarian because they love meat so much.  Or they couldn’t be vegan because they love cheese.  I liked meat and cheese pretty well, but once I knew the reality of their production, I just couldn’t do it.

I feel better.  I lost 7 excess pounds in 2 weeks without even trying, and then my weight stabilized.  My skin cleared up a bit, too.  And I’m not sure if it’s being newly married or veganism, but I have been told that I look “glowing” by people who haven’t seen me in a while.  Best of all, I’ve discovered so many new things.  I’m cooking more and better than I ever did while omnivorous, I’ve made vegetarian and vegan friends, I’ve fallen in love with the whole Post-Punk Kitchen franchise, and I know that my food is relatively germ-free.  Best of all, I feel good about my dietary choices.

I love being vegan.  I couldn’t be happier about my decision, and I’m glad that others are out there making a difference, too.


Rad Gal

PS- Vegans, you rock, too.