Pop Theory 9: How Does Sexuality Influence Your Diet?

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Pop Theory 9: How Does Sexuality Influence Your Diet?

While many of you have asked me to write about “gaydar” (and I will!), recently I’ve been thinking about how much our diets affect our daily well-being, and so I want to think more about the diet in relation to our daily lifestyle, i.e., our ethics, in today’s column.

Our diet, as the term we give to the daily habits pertaining to the energy we consume in order to enable and sustain our life, is an integral part of our ethics (for the bible of Foucault (specifically, volume 3 of The History of Sexuality) tells me so). In The Yoga of Discipline, Siddha Master Swami (Gurumayi) Chidvilasananda discusses the “discipline of eating” at length, explaining how “disciplined eating does not refer only to what you eat. It also refers to when you eat, how you combine your foods, and choosing the foods that are good for your body.” Contemplating the purpose, substance, and one’s interaction with or assimilation of food helps one to progress along one’s spiritual path (towards “enlightenment”).

What we consume as and for energy literally makes us — makes our physical self as well as, I think, strongly impacting our psychological self.

And, if an ethics describes the comprehensive and, ideally, harmonious set of principles, habits, and techné that a person lives by on a daily basis, then does a correlation exist between one’s sexuality (sexual lifestyle) and her diet (dietary lifestyle)?

The question of how sexuality influences dietary lifestyle is nothing new. One’s understanding of her sexuality in relation to how it influences her diet has been well rehearsed in relation to the vegan lifestyle. I came to know the correlation between a homo-lifestyle (being gay) and a vegan-lifestyle (being vegan) shortly after becoming vegan myself last year—after much discussion with a dear friend of mine (Jodie, this column’s for you), a decision made final after interviewing Jane Velez-Mitchell last year (for Cherry Grrl) regarding her book Addict Nation.

Velez-Mitchell narrated her own story of becoming vegan not only through some garish examples (of how meat and dairy are produced; did you know that meat production is the largest greenhouse gas contributor?) but also, implicitly, through her own relation to her homosexuality. The



Comments [2]

Kelly McCartney's picture

Living the dream!

I went vegan in September of 1992 and came out about two months later, right before (and because of) the Bush/Clinton election. I've been some shade of vegan or vegetarian ever since (probably going back to vegan in the near future). I credit k.d. lang as my inspiration on both.

My father had no issue with my gaeity, career, spirituality, or anything else. But he said he just couldn't understand why I'd be a vegan.

Also, Portia's comment is spot-on. People absolutely feel judged by a vegan/veg's mere presence at the dinner table. And that's a good thing. They SHOULD reconsider their choices. 

Won't you be my neighbor? @theKELword

Marcie Bianco's picture

So fascinating... and Portia

So fascinating... and Portia can PREACH. It is so true, esp in corporate food-production America.