I don’t buy it

I guess today is the day I have to weigh in on the Skinny Bitch phenomenon. Sigh. It’s so beneath me. And you, most likely, if you’re reading this. While their writing style sounds supremely awesome and their recipes sound only mildly hideous, and while I am of course happy that a book advocating hardcore animal rights beliefs is selling like Earth Balance Buttery Puke-laced hotcakes, every feminist bone in my body wants to rip this book to pieces then just scream in some weird Yoko Ono-inspired way for 10 solid minutes or something. Anything to get this irritation out of my body.

It should come as no surprise that a book whose cover is comprised solely of a two misogynist smears (directly underneath the title, they call women “girls”) and a sickening cartoon of a Sex and the City-esque idiot is what it takes to get mainstream fuckups thinking about veganism.

You do know, right, that the authors are quite clearly NOT using the title in the reclamation-y way that, say, Bitch magazine uses the word? They seriously are in favor of this “skinny bitch” stereotype. There is no irony to this at all, absolutely no understanding of what it means under patriarchy for women to be called bitches. I want everyone to realize this.

I can’t say it any more clearly than this: everything is interconnected. No self-respecting vegan wants to live in a world where being a fucking “skinny bitch” is the highest honor they can hope to attain.

Two quotes from the NYT article sum it all up:

“Kimberly Latham, a fashion publicist in New York, said: “I would never have read ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma.’ I’m not even sure I know what an omnivore is. But I know what a skinny bitch is, and I know I want to be one.””

Oh. Oh my. This is where we are.

And:

“Debbie Rasmussen, the publisher of Bitch magazine, a feminist journal in Portland, Ore., has mixed feelings about the Skinny Bitch phenomenon. “Obviously I’m in favor of assaults on the food industry,” said Ms. Rasmussen, a vegan. “On the other hand, the constant equating of skinny and healthy is something I have a real problem with. And replacing junk food with vegan junk food is not my idea of how to change our unhealthy food culture.””

Right on.

If I can’t have a more nuanced understanding of patriarchy and how it contributes to the fucked-up way in which animals in our society are treated I don’t want to be part of your revolution!

Grrrrr.

10 Responses to “I don’t buy it”

  1. jenny s

    i just reread that quote from kimberly. geez, what a dumbass.

    thats my new thing..i am going to say things like “hey, i dont know what pineapples are, but i know what a racist meat eater is and i want to be one”

    “hey i dont know what doorbells are, but i know what its like to have old men stare at yr boobs and i want to have a pair of those”

    “i dont know what agave is, but hey i know what cheap sex is and i want to be part of that”

    “i dont know what children are, but i know what its like to have an 8 yr old think you are his father’s maid, and i want to be one”

    “i dont know what trees are, but i know what its like to have less of a salary than my male coworker, and i want that”

    can we take away kimberly’s female status and just label her as brainwashed underpaid sex robot?

    Reply

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