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Whose Side Are You On: The Vegetarian vs. the Boyfriend

Dear Sugar,

I've been dating this guy for about eight months and he finally said he wanted me to meet his parents. They invited us over for dinner and everything was going perfectly until we sat down to eat. His mother was in the kitchen and I leaned over to my boyfriend and asked him if he remembered to tell his mom that I'm a vegetarian. Before he had a chance to answer, she walked in with a huge turkey and I knew he had forgotten.

His dad started carving and when he handed me a slice, I politely said "No thank you. I'm a vegetarian." There was a moment of awkward silence and then my boyfriend said, "Oh just eat it. One time won't kill you." I was outraged! He knows I don't eat meat for ethical reasons and that I've been a vegetarian for almost ten years. I could tell his mom felt really bad when she said, "I thought vegetarians don't eat red meat, but turkey doesn't count, right?" I went on to explain as sweetly as I could that I don't eat anything that used to walk around, and that included turkey. Let's just say that our first meeting went from awesome to awful — instantly.

On the drive home, my boyfriend and I got into this huge argument. He thought I was being rude for not eating what his mom had prepared and I thought he was being a jerk for not supporting my views.

There's no right answer here so ladies, tell me, whose side are you on?


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