Eco Lesbo Vego, as the title suggests, is a blog written by an environmentally-conscious vegan lesbian – moi. When I first started this blog at the end of 2008, I was super keen about ‘saving the environment’. (You can see what my early About page stated below. I kept it as a bit of history.) The blog title represented what I felt, at the time, were the key parts of my identity, and the things I felt driven to explore and write about.
If you look back through the posts, you may notice that there was a rather lengthy hiatus prior to 2014. This is because those key facets of my identity changed, as they do for anyone, and I didn’t feel compelled to write here anymore. However, as time has gone by, I’m feeling like I’m in a place where I want to explore and express myself again. So here we are once more – mid-2014. I’m back.
So, what are these new things I’ll be blogging about? Well, it’ll be… you know. Stuff. Like…
- I’m a non-gestational mother of an adult son – now at university – and a baby daughter. A bit of a gap! There are likely more kids on the horizon. I find that in real life, I talk about kids a lot these days. I’ve become one of those people. So expect it here too. I don’t think I’ll be able to control myself.
- I’m a worker. I’m the sole breadwinner in our family at the moment. I don’t mind working, although I wish I could work less; part-time would be good. However, I don’t hate my job, so that’s a plus. And the working conditions are excellent. Sometimes I may need to vent though.
- Sometimes I feel genderqueer(ish). Sometimes not. Gender is a fluid spectrum, in my opinion. I’m finding my peace with this. I used to want to label everything.
- I’ve recently begun to use the term ‘disabled’ to describe myself. It doesn’t feel quite right, but neither does denying the impact multiple sclerosis is having on my life these days. So I’m trying to embrace ‘disabled’. I’m not out about my disabilty at work though.
- I’m a wife (not legally, but you know). I feel that’s one of the most important parts of my identity. She makes me whole.
- I am – not a carer, more a supporter – of my family, most of whom live with chronic physical and/or mental illness.
- I’m still vegan. I don’t see that changing.
- I’m still as much of a lesbian as I ever was.
- Although, I’m of the opinion that sexuality is a fluid spectrum, as gender is; and while I’m certainly towards the lesbian end of that spectrum, I wouldn’t unequivocally say that I would only ever forevermore be same-sex attracted. In fact, based on the premise that gender is also a spectrum, categorising sexuality based on attraction to one of two binary genders doesn’t even really make sense. But for the sake of ease, I tend to just leave it at ‘lesbian’ if people ask me. Folks love to label. Eventually we grow out of it, I guess, like I did. Do I sound pretentious? I feel it. Ugh.
- I’m still eco-conscious – but it’s not as all-encompassing as it used to be. I just don’t have the energy. Heard of spoon theory? That’s why I don’t have the energy anymore.
- Sometimes I feel guilty about this. Especially when I read motivational quotes on my Facebook feed saying that those who sit by and do nothing while the world goes to hell in a handbasket are just as guilty as the ones creating the hell. I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the gist. When I read those, I not only feel guilty, I also feel angry. Perhaps the anger is a by-product of my guilt? I don’t have the energy to figure it out.
TL; DR? Succinctly, it will represent my life. That means I will at some point yammer on about the aspects of my life outlined above. So if you came here looking for a purely eco, vegan blog, I’m sorry. That’ll still be there, but not so much, and not as the focus.
I think this will work better for me though. And that’s important.
Here’s my early About page statement:
Eco Lesbo Vego, as the title suggests, is a blog written by an environmentally-conscious vegan lesbian (that’s me!). I’m not an expert an living a low impact life. I need the inspiration, ideas, brainstorming, support and guidance of everyone else in this effort. Just keeping the blog is helping me learn more and pinpoint where I need to focus next.
Eco Lesbo Vego is intended to help me, and anyone else who cares to read along, reduce the environmental impact of our everyday lives. Change isn’t difficult if everyone joins in, and every little bit counts. While the biggest impacts of all will occur through policy change, we can’t wait for the governments around the world to act. Grassroots action is the way to go. And if major change doesn’t happen fast enough and the worst does happen, the lifestyle alterations chronicled here should help us face life post-climate change and peak oil/coal.
To achieve this goal, Eco Lesbo Vego presents information and promotes discussion on all topics environmental, with a particular focus on topics of interest to women.
This woman-centric focus does not mean the blog cannot be read or commented on by men! Generally, Eco Lesbo Vego investigates ways to reduce individual environmental impact, and maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle is not gender- or sexuality-specific. There are, however, some posts that women may find more useful. For example, while you might find posts outlining alternative menstrual products, it’s unlikely you’ll find a discussion of the most eco-friendly aftershave or (from a lesbian perspective), the best way to recycle condoms.
Posts on Eco Lesbo Vego include spotlights on issues faced when living low impact, feature articles on individual methods to reduce environmental impact, discussions of the latest eco-news, reviews of pretty much everything, vegan recipes and tips on the three Rs:
We’re all in this effort together. Please comment and add to the discussion; put forth ideas and work out the best ways to make an impact – then act!
*Eco Lesbo Vego (ELV) is written by a Brisbane-based environmentalist, known on this blog as Aussie Elv (now Maz). For more about
Aussie Elv Maz and her supportive family, please see the Bio page.