Q: Do vegetarians have better sex?

A: I don’t know since I’m not a vegetarian. Anyone out there switch from carnivore to vegetarian or vice versa and can therefore offer an unscientific sample?

I am of course referring to PETA’s banned Superbowl ad, which, though rather over-the-top in its depiction of intimacy between human and produce, is hardly more explicit than what the networks routinely show in Victoria’s Secret ads (let alone Victoria’s Secret TV show) and is certainly not in worse taste than, say, half the network schedule. If our children can be subjected to a TV show in which the hero is a serial killer, or in which semi-naked models are dressed as angels or the torture-du-jour on 24, they can probably survive a model rubbing a pumpkin against her torso:

‘Veggie Love’: PETA’s Banned Super Bowl Ad

This may be the origin of the nursery rhyme:

PETA PETA pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her.
He put her in a pumpkin shell,
And there he kept her very well.

Or not.

The Washington Post TV columnist opines that the ad was intended to be banned, to get the free publicity. Why not?

[Now you know the real reason I wrote the earlier post — Scientific American: Beef contributes 13 times the greenhouse gas impact of chicken, 57x potatoes: to provide some minimal justification for this post.]

15 Responses to Q: Do vegetarians have better sex?

  1. Frank says:

    Silly advert. Silly organisation.

  2. Modesty says:


    Why don’t you try it out and report back?

    Frankly, I’m surprised you’re not a vegetarian. I would have thought PETA reason number 4 would push you over the edge.

    “Daddy, you *knew* all along that *that’s* what they do at the slaughter house? You knew that but didn’t do anything? You didn’t call the police? You *bought* that beef?”


    Rather than sit around surprised at what does and does not motivate people, I’ll just take it as data and move forward. The role of moral suasion has gotta be to *enable* policy, um, penetration, not to distract attention from it.

    So, what are the pros and cons of a GHG tax on beef? How about some kind of harmonized U.S.-China GHG surcharges on beef, as one small first step for emissions reductions, but a giant leap for bilateral climate negotiations?

  3. ShellyT says:

    The ad is cute but I doubt they thought it would really air. I don’t doubt that you know this, but some actual porn has women doing things with vegetables (and fruit). This seems to be a humorous take-off on that. I would have like it a LOT better personally if it starred men doing things with vegetables. Then they could have avoided the obvious connection to real vegetable porn.

  4. David B. Benson says:

    Leda and the swan?

  5. Dan R says:

    “I don’t know since I’m not a vegetarian.”

    You know better than most why you should be. So, Joe, what’s stopping you? What possible reason do you have for continuing to consume a food-type whose negative impact on climate is at least an order of magnitude greater than a perfectly suitable alternative (not to mention cheaper, healthier, ethically defensible, and safer*)

    If it’s the same set of reasons that held me back for years, I can promise you they will seem completely lame once you make the switch.

    Seriously, become a vegetarian. No more lame excuses. If it turns out not to be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made, I’ll revert to meat by eating my own left arm.

    * And by that I refer to my own tendency to leave things in the fridge for quite a while before I reheat and eat them…….

    [JR: I don’t eat beef. Half credit?]

  6. Paul says:

    I have become a 99% vegetarian these pass few years.

    And in the immortal words of Maxwell Smart “…and luving it”.

    The only time I enjoy the pleasure of chicken or beef is in the summer months, on the BBQ. But I feel good that I have reduced my consumption of meat by 99%. It’s the least I can do to help save the planet; reduce the suffering of animals; try to reduce the destruction of rainforests ecosystem; and the pollution the water etc…

    We have so much going for us in the United States and Canada, this is a simple way of helping others.

    responsibility over rights, in a way.

    Thinking Green with a smile!

  7. Dan R says:

    “JR: I don’t eat beef. Half credit?”

    At the risk of sounding like the vegans that deride me for continuing to eat ice cream – No.

    As a dedicated meat-lover for life until a couple of years ago, I can comment that my whole body feels much better now that I’m vegetarian. It’s hard to explain, but I guess it’s probably related to the way my digestive system now functions perfectly well ALL the time. It sounds pretty hippy, but my whole body just feels healthy. And that is probably the main reason why vegetarians have better sex.

    As a gift for writing such a great blog, may I thank you by recommending you go vegetarian. You won’t regret it.

  8. Barbara says:

    I have been a vegetarian for the last year and a half and I notice a big difference. The guy I am currently with is also a vegetarian and the sex is on a whole new level I didn’t know existed. Unsure if its because we’re just a better match sexually or because of being vegetarian, but one thing I can say is we both personally feel very comfortable in our own skin, and both of us have a high amount of energy.

    I think the ad is awesome and a clever way for PETA to get free publicity, well done PETA!

  9. John says:

    Sorry, but it seems as if most of this argument is about whether being overweight hinders the sex drive. It does, ok. I’m not so sure meat has anything to do with it. I would be glad to see studies (provide links).

    I do eat meat but I am not I’m not anti-vegetarian (unwilling to hear a vegetarian’s point of view).

  10. DagoB says:

    Vegans taste better. Milk and red meat, and anything else that putrifies, comes through the body through sweat and mucous. I’m a mostly vegan guy who’s been complemented by several women for how I taste, and I know that’s it’s changed since I cut out the meat. I can also tell the difference when I’m with a meat-eater, and would much rather go down on a girl who is veg!

  11. mike says:

    I am curious. I would like to see research data.

    even if its true Im certainly not going to stop eating meat. Meat is part of a normal healthy diet. All these animal activists are a little on the nutty side

  12. Laney says:

    I’ve been pescatarian for 2 1/2 years. And have just recently became a vegan-pescatarian. Which means I don’t eat any meat, milk, eggs, ect. But I do eat crab, fish, oysters, ect.

    I’ve noticed that since I’ve switched diets I do feel a lot healthier. I feel better about my body. Better about myself. I have A LOT more energy. And I guess being healthy releases chemicals in your brain or something because I feel… happier.

    So ya, that does help in the bedroom department, and just in general.
    No regrets :)

  13. pamd says:

    my two cents: Vegans have the best sex!

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