Q: Dear Dr. Skye: I’m a vegan and I only date other vegans. My friends think I’m being silly, but I swear meat-eating guys smell and taste different. Besides, I don’t want to kiss a mouth that has chewed meat. What do you think? — Petal S., San Francisco, CA
A: I think you have the right to date whomever you wish, and finding a man who shares your vegan values makes sense. In 2007, a New Zealand researcher coined the term “vegansexuality” after testing over 150 vegans on “cruelty-free living”, which included the idea of “rejecting meat-eaters as intimate partners”. Many of the test subjects felt the way you do about omnivores. Interestingly, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) commented at the time that not sleeping with meat-eaters meant vegans were missing the opportunity to “convert” them to veganism. Personally, I think converting a non-vegan is a poor reason to pick a sex partner.