Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are Meat Eaters Pickier Than Vegetarians?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 5:47 AM

A well-chosen fruit will get you the right woman, Ringo. Just ask Paul.
  • A well-chosen fruit will get you the right woman, Ringo. Just ask Paul.
I've been a vegetarian now for 12 years. It's not a "phase" or a diet plan; it's a way of life. I've never particularly liked meat (or disliked it), so it wasn't difficult to give up.

There's nothing I really miss (a question I get frequently), but it can cause problems when dining out. As I mentioned in a Twitter discussion earlier this week, the problems arise from cooks and chefs who think vegetarian just means that I don't eat meat, rather than I don't eat foods derived from animal flesh. Many cultures and religious groups don't consider fish as "meat" nor do they think fish, chicken or beef stocks are a problem. They are for me.

Okay, so it can be a problem when going out on dates. But I never felt like my diet was a problem for dating. But yet another Twitter friend linked to this article on the Time website: Survey: 30% of Meat Eaters Won’t Date a Vegetarian.

What? Really? I have to admit that I looked for another vegetarian to date when I was still on the market, but it was nearly impossible to find one who met all of my other criteria (including being at least 30 years old). The article goes on to suggest that the aversion to vegetarians is likely caused by the perception that vegetarians are "picky" (noted to be a negative by 66 percent of respondents). Yet it also says that only 4 percent of vegetarians won't date meat-eaters. Who're the picky ones now, huh? HUH?

But further into the piece, there's this:

“Men used to bring home the meat, they were the hunters. If you came in carrying a potato versus a hunk of gazelle, it made a difference. All gifts are not alike.”

I see the point, but I have to say, I'm going to choose the person who brings home the black truffle versus the McDonald's cheeseburger. We're no longer in the midst of an ice age nor are we on the Serengeti; we don't have to rely on our hunting skills to eat whatever is dumber and slower than we are. And I'm not picky. I'm choosy. In a good way.

P.S. — Caveman is a great movie. Don't even bother trying to tell me it isn't.

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