Alpha males can order the vegetarian option
Try to picture an alpha male, and you’ll probably think of someone who survives mostly on steak, and possibly owns a large dog that also survives mostly on steak. Steak is a manly food. Celery is not. Those just seem to be the rules.
So it’s not surprising that a survey has found men in Britain fear social shame for choosing vegetarian options. This may stem in part from a time when meat was an economic status marker as well as one of strength and virility. More recently this has mixed with the growing culture of male physical perfection, ection, with men and boys spending more time in the gym to get that Insnstagram-perfect sculpted look, k, helped along by a generous dose of protein.
The study’s results suggest not just that men who want to choose vegetarian options feel social shame, but also that this shaming is widespread. Although it hardly shouts “leader of men” to pick sausage and mash when really you want grilled aubergine, what does it say about the people who are so defensive about their own choices they feel the need to pressure others to conform? Meat eaters are increasingly aware of the ecological, ethical and health problems caused by their consumption. Deciding once and for all to give up meat is a single decision that then doesn’t come up for d discussion as often, as it becom comes an accepted fact of life. Yes Yes, adapting to environmental reh reality hard. But in our if a modern veggie diet world can is p power the toughest men, it should surely be enough for alpha males everywhere.