I’m beyond excited to share todays chat with you! Today I chat to a legit hero of mine: Dr Melanie Joy. If by chance this is your first introduction to this persuasive voice for veganism I strongly recommend you check out the amazing Dr Joy further as her thoughtful, unique and articulate insights have given me such a sense of relief, hope and understanding despite the unavoidable, horrific truth and scale of animal exploitation globally.
Dr Melanie Joy is a Harvard educated social psychologist and vegan activist, perhaps best known for coining the term carnism. Carnism is the invisible belief system that conditions us to eat certain animals. Dr Joy is the president of Beyond Carnism, a non-profit advocacy group which she founded in 2010. She is a powerful voice for the animals and travels extensively as a celebrated speaker teaching strategies to weaken carnism, to strengthen veganism and as covered in her most recent book Beyond Beliefs, to create effective communication between vegans and non-vegans. I first discovered Dr Joy via her amazing TED talk (ranked in the top 1% of viewed TED talks) titled: Towards Rational Authentic Food Choices.
Dr. Joy is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award – previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela – for her work on global nonviolence, the Empty Cages Prize – previously given to Tom Regan – for her contribution to furthering the cause of animal rights, and the Peter Singer Prize for strategies to reduce the suffering of animals.
Let’s explore Carnism and Creating Effective Communication Between Vegans and Non-vegans with Dr Melanie Joy…
Listen to the full interview, Carnism and Creating Effective Communication Between Vegans and Non-vegans with Dr Melanie Joy here:
In this interview we cover:
The incident that prompted Dr Joy to swear off meat and also how that began to transform her perspective on the treatment of animals.
Carnistist Justification / Ways to minimize carnistic defensiveness.
How carnism needs to validate itself and invalidate veganism. Plus the 3 N’s of justification.
Strategies to strengthen Veganism. Including the vital role of “vegan allies.”
Creating effective communication between vegans and non-vegans.
The future of carnism… is it going the way of other oppressive ism’s?
Again you can listen to the interview, Carnism and Creating Effective Communication Between Vegans and Non-vegans with Dr Melanie Joy here:
WOW right? What a powerhouse. I have so much respect for this incredible lady and the impact she is having particularly so far as sending carnism the way of all the other oppressive ism’s our society has evolved beyond.
Also for the peace, validation and coping strategies she arms us with as individual vegans while we press forward in our quest for first an “as vegan as possible” world and then, in time (you know I’m the eternal optimist right?) a happy, healthy, compassionate vegan world.
To learn more about Dr Melanie Joy please check out: her latest book, Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters.
Also one of her earlier books: Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism
and of course: http://www.carnism.org/
That’s it for this week in Healthification. Huge thanks to YOU for sharing this week with me. You rock and I appreciate your support!
Till next time, remember Creating a body and life you love is Freedom. (If this ex-carb queen, NON-genetically gifted, naturally uncoordinated VEGAN-chick can do it – so can YOU!!!)
If you liked “Carnism and Creating Effective Communication Between Vegans and Non-vegans” you’ll also like: Vegan Psychologist Clare Mann and Vystopia: the anguish of being vegan in a non-vegan world.
If you’re yet to share the Healthification love – just click here to zip over to iTunes and leave an honest rating and review. It’d help me out big time. With gratitude, Kate.