No sex, please, you're a carnivore. A new phenomenon in New Zealand is
taking the idea of you are what you eat to the extreme.
Vegansexuals are people who do not eat any meat or animal products,
and who choose not to be sexually intimate with non-vegan partners
whose bodies, they say, are made up of dead animals.
The co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human and Animal Studies
at Canterbury University, Annie Potts, said she coined the term after
doing research on the lives of "cruelty-free consumers".
Cruelty-Free Consumption in New Zealand: A National Report on the
Perspectives and Experiences of Vegetarians and other Ethical
Consumers asked 157 people nationwide about everything from battery
chickens to sexual preferences.
Many female respondents described being attracted to people who ate
meat, but said they did not want to have sex with meat-eaters because
their bodies were made up of animal carcasses.
"It's a whole new thing - I have not come across it before," said Potts.
"When you are vegan or vegetarian, you are very aware that when people
eat a meaty diet, they are kind of a graveyard for animals," she said.