I totally relate to this. All of my male friends make fun of the fact that I am a vegetarian. I find it funny that they make fun of me for it, and they probably don't fully realize why I chose to become a vegetarian.
Of course, they know it is because I love animals and don't think they deserve the treatment and cruelty they get in slaughterhouse. But what they don't know is that at the age of 18, I had very high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. So I became a vegetarian because I had read that a vegetarian diet had fewer risk factors and more cholesterol benefits than non-vegetarian diets. So, I switched because I sure don't want to have a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease.
So I just let it slide when they do make fun of me, because if they knew the full reason why I chose to do it they probably wouldn't think it was such a fun thing to make fun of me for.
I just find it funny that people chose to make fun of or criticize something that don't understand, rather than trying to understand it.
Just my two cents
About the worst thing I ever did in the eyes of the other men in my family was to become vegetarian, stop drinking alcohol and be obviously spiritual (talking about spiritual matters etc). I some how lost my manhood, and thankfully it never returned. Most of society has a very strange view of these matters. Probably a very guilty conscience is at play.
updated by @john-summers: 07/27/15 11:14:06AM