Prof. Kyla Wazana Tompkins was interviewed by National Public Radio for the story "For These Vegans, Masculinity Mean Protecting The Planet," which aired on the July 21 edition of All Things Considered.
In the story featuring several male athletes, Tompkins adds historical perspective on male veganism. Even back to the 1800s, she notes, some American men were vegan. "One particular group of radical food thinkers advocated a kind of manliness based on vegetarianism," she says. "it's total control…of the body."
Men in history who didn't eat meat "Sylvester Graham, a vegetarian after whom the graham cracker was named, and Bronson Alcott, a vegan and father of Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women."
The story cites a recent Harris poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, that found more women are vegetarian than men, but slightly more men are vegan.
Tompkins is a professor of English and gender and women studies at Pomona. A former food journalist, she is also the author of the award-winning book Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century (2012).
- News Story: "If You Read This, You Might Never Drink Coffee Again," New York Times, July 10, 2014 – Prof. Tompkins quoted