Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Art and Literature (or something like that)

I think this picture is unbelievably beautiful. Yes. Beautiful. I [heart] this picture by Kate MccGwire. (no, that's not a typo)
In other news, I am reading this book called Skinny Bitch, which is about become a vegan for weight loss. Before you all get concerned: I didn't start reading the book to become vegan or to lose weight, but because I'd heard a lot about the book and I was just plain curious to know more about it.
Maybe when I was younger I would have found this book entertaining but I just find it annoying. Instead of a well written analysis of the food industry and how it affects our health, it's gimmicky and focused on trying too hard to be cool. For example, in an effort to discuss how fattening and unhealthy dairy is, they start the chapter thus: "Go suck your mother's tits. Go on. Suck your mother's tits. You think this is ridiculous? It is. Get ready to use your head" (Freedman and Barnouin 55). I get that the premise is to be abrasive and to the point; to make you take a long hard look at the truth in a titilating manner so that the topic isn't try. But seriously? I'm as foul mouthed as the rest (sometimes remarkably far more foul mouthed than I should be given though I have a graduate degree in lit and teach English) but I can't help but be irritated by the tone of this book. Yes, it's weird that we eat dairy as adults and you're right, if dairy is meant to fatten a cow/or human baby to at least 2x it's original size within a short period, then yes, eating dairy when you want to stay skinny is probably a colossal mistake. But the approach belittles the information.
I agree that the info is dry and that it makes sense to try to approach in a light-hearted way, but the result is just too gimmicky. It tries too hard. It makes me, a vegetarian of 16 years, just want to shout: shut up already and relax bitches! Yeah. That's right. This cussing, foul mouthed, type A is telling you to fricken mellow out and stop trying so hard.

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