12.28.2008

An Intro (Of Sorts)

Since I've been such a transient blogger, it's only proper that I introduce myself to my newest (and now only) blog. Here's a bit about what my family and I stand for and some decisions we have made:

1 - We're all about veganism and animal rights. Both my boyfriend and I are vegan (you may be thinking "duh" at the moment) and we're raising a vegan son in a meat-eating world. He's only 11 months so his diet basically consists of breast milk, but there will be a day when he realizes his diet is at odds with the world. We're not saying "you're not allowed to eat this;" instead we're going to let him know the specifics about animal products and hope he chooses a vegan lifestyle (odds are that he will).

2- We're anarchists at heart. When I say our family is liberal, I don't mean we're Democrats. Hell no. Think anticapitalist socialist anarchists. (And try saying that five times fast.)

3- We hug trees, but don't call us hippies! We're enviromentalists who prefer to bike and walk (well, at least I do...). I try to conserve resources wherever possible (breastfeeding, using cloth diapers, cloth baby wipes, and other reusable products).

4- We questions doctors' orders. We've chosen not to vaccinate or circumsize our son. Vaccines are full of scary ingredients that shouldn't be injected into the human body (fetal cow serum, anyone?). As for circumcision, if you can't explain why you're doing it--don't do it. There was no reason for our son to be cut--none whatsoever--and I have no clue why this practice is still in place.

5- We're weird. We wear a baby in a sling, we plan on homeschooling (unschooling) our child, and I did everything in my power to have a birth without medication.

6- But we ain't hatin'. Even though I just listed some topics we're passionate about, we don't expect everyone to make the same decisions as us. We're not always right, but we make decisions that are right for us. I'd like to think we're not snobs who think we're better than everyone else. I tend to hate overly judgmental and pretentious people so I try to avoid being like one.

So there you have it. Nice to meet you.

3 comments:

  1. OMG, you guys could be us, but we dont have kids...too old. Well, my wife has grown kids with all that goes with them today. We are so wierd, we dont even live in the states anymore, we are in Germany, and luvin it...but we do hate, though...people who dont recycle, who dont take of themselves or thier environment or kids, I could go on and on. I was born and raise in Cleve, near west side, worked at the west side market as a kid, ran away from home (joined the army) and never came back...wife from michigan, hard working animal lover.

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  2. You moved from Cleveland to Germany? How lucky! Even though I have much love for my city, I would much rather be living in Germany (or another progressive European country) enjoying universal health care.

    Thanks for commenting! =)

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  3. "As for circumcision, if you can't explain why you're doing it--don't do it. There was no reason for our son to be cut--none whatsoever--and I have no clue why this practice is still in place."

    I loooooove that! I couldn't agree more. Not really a good reason to cut off healthy, valuable genital tissue. I have come to treasure my own, and I honestly, truly believe all men should be given the same respect as I was afforded.

    That said, I don't blame parents who made the decision thinking it was for the best. You do what you can with the knowledge you have - and its hard NOT to think circumcision is necessary the way it's promoted in our culture.

    Thankfully things are changing though. :)

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