Yes, I’m a vegetarian. And, no, I don’t tell this to everyone I meet within moments of introducing myself. The stereotype of vegans and vegetarians being overzealous hippies has never accurately described anyone I’ve personally met who share my views. In fact, I’ve had more aggression directed at me for my diet than I’ve ever reciprocated toward anyone else. Aside from being predictable and annoying, these conversations have made me wonder why people find my decision to not eat meat so offensive or ridiculous.