Do vegans in your area tend to stay child-free, or to have children? Are they very activist-oriented, and if so, what are some of the main causes and tactics they favor? Is there a particular vegan aesthetic that is common, e.g. hardcore/punk?
I live near Philly, and it seems very popular to avoid having children, even to the point of the men getting vasectomies, here. The community is pretty activist-oriented, and leafletting is the most popular tactic. Popular causes seem to be carriage horses, the circus, and puppy mills. There is a significant hardcore/straight edge vegan presence, but they are not the majority; most vegans dress in mainstream styles.
I'm just curious as to what it might be like elsewhere. I have heard hints that in Portland, for example, having children is much more popular among vegans than it is here.
I have lived in almost every major city on the west coast except LA, lol. In Seattle, Portland, San Francisco/Berkeley the vegan 'scene' is about the same. Most vegans dont ostricize beegans and even have friends that are veggies or more! There are some straight edge cliques out here but not as many as when I lived on the east coast. I became vegan when I met some straight edge guys in DC as a teenager, lol. I'm not sure if that answers your question in any way but I think there are two prespectives on being vegan. One more millitant and perfectionist (which I am not anymore) and the other more concentious and philosophical...
be good family...
I'm in Portland... I think you all know what the vegan scene is like here, but I agree that it does seem like many vegans have children- at least it is fairly common. Lots of vegan parenting meetups, etc. The aesthetic is more alternative but that is Portland in general....
I'm in Providence, RI. We're a mixed bag here. I know several vegans with children, as well as hard-core activist types.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" ~~ MLK