Chatter: ‘Meat is for Pussies,’ women in beer ads, sex and food revolutions

‘Skinny Bitch,’ for men: As a meat-eating feminist, this new book, “Meat is for Pussies,” just makes me sad. (Somehow, the publishers failed to send me a copy, but Mark Bittman got one. Bitch also took note.) One day, I’ll devote more time to the sexual politics of meat issue, but not today.

Eat more, eat less: Don’t you love America? While Urban Outfitters pulled shirts that said “Eat Less” from stores but continued to sell them online, ABC Family debuts a new show called “Huge,” featuring an all plus-sized cast.

Standing up for “real” women: On the Huffington Post, Starre Vartan points out that this trend of calling average or plus-sized women “real” implies that women who are smaller sized are somehow fake.

Pop a top: We all miss Sarah Haskins’ Target Women on Current, but it looks like Erin Gibson is doing a nice job filling her shoes with her Modern Lady videos, where Gibson points out the hilarious and ridiculous ways women are portrayed in modern advertising. This recent gem showcases how women’s role in beer commercials has changed in the past few decades.

Farm labor: From the Washington Post: “Women account for more than 70 percent of all farm labor in sub-Saharan Africa. We know that when a dollar of income goes to a woman, it’s far more likely to generate improvements in the health and welfare of families than if the dollar goes to a man.”

Down the yellow brick road: Loved this Q&A with Rozanne Gold, a high-powered NY chef and restaurant consultant, in which she talks about the why-so-few-women-chefs issue and the connection between the food and sex revolutions: “You know in The Wizard of Oz where everything was in black and white and then all of a sudden Judy Garland opens the door and it’s like whoa, everything is transformed into color? That’s what happened in the mid-70s. We all walked through the door. It was the first time everyone broke loose in terms of both sex and food.”

World Cup food cart: Props to the Associated Press for telling the story of one woman food vendor’s fight for the right to sell food to the throngs of World Cup fans in South Africa.

Eating, according to “Seventeen”: Toward the end of the Seventeen Magazine Project, during which 18-year-old Jamie Keiles attempted to live by the words of wisdom in the teen magazine, Keiles took the magazine’s advice to be “food fearless” and try something new, not without noting the irony that this was one of the few food-positive pieces of advice that she’d come across in the publication. Earlier in the blog, she also made note of her peers being surprised that she actually ate food on the day of her prom. Smart girl, smart blog.

Photos from Seventeen Magazine Project and Bitch.

One response to “Chatter: ‘Meat is for Pussies,’ women in beer ads, sex and food revolutions

  1. I’m all about organic, and I’ll choose the vegetarian option whenever available – I just like the taste more – but despite what books like “Skinny Bitch” and now this book “Meat is for Pussies” say, we ARE meat eating animals and a little organic or free-range meat now and then is much healthier than over-processed soy or tofu. Extremes are never a good thing.

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