I am starting to realise (and to be fair, I am not particularly quick on the uptake so don’t judge me) that a significant number of Goths are also vegetarian or vegan, like possibly in grater proportions than is reflected in the wider demographics of the UK community. The Spooky Vegan writes a blog about her daily life as a vegan Goth, including posts about what she’s eating and wearing, which is well worth a look. There is also a Facebook page just for vegan Goths too, here.
I was a committed and fairly militant veggie for around four years in my late teens before I fell for the undeniable charms of bacon once again, and today, I eat meat- quite a lot of it- but within the guidelines of my own dietary morals, which include never eating anything you would not be happy killing yourself, only buying free range poultry and eggs, and only buying other meat products of small, verifiable provenance from local farms that breed, raise and kill their stock ethically.
I think that being a veggie today is generally a lot easier to manage than it was 20 years ago when I was a teen, particularly when it comes to eating out. Now, even the most rural and basic of restaurants and pubs that serve food have at least one or two veggie options on the menu, neither of which involve the chef picking out identifiable bits of meat from the dish before serving it up, or being asked if vegetarians can eat fish.
Having said that, I often eat out with a vegetarian family, and as they say, in smaller eateries they seem to go through a whole lot of lasagne, with veggie lasagne seeming to be the go-to staple veggie meal offered by unimaginative eateries.
Mother Veggie also turned me on to the fact that often, veggie options for kids will involve an offering of cheese and tomato pizza and that’s your lot, and that in some restaurants, she has got a somewhat judgemental response for asking for better options, as if raising a vegetarian kid is somehow indicative or poor or faddy parenting, but wanting to feed them something better than pizza for every meal is just being picky.
If you’re a vegan or veggie Goth, your consumer preferences probably also extend to what you wear, and many veggie, and particularly vegan Goths will eschew wearing leather or other animal by-products in favour of more animal-friendly options. This can somewhat limit your shopping choices when it comes to footwear, but the good news is that it is not hard to find yourself cool, hardwearing and comfy boots and shoes made of synthetic materials, if you know where to look.
and these Demonia Wave platforms.