Meaty fashion: So much controversy around Lady Gaga’s meat get-up at MTV’s Video Music Awards, which she claims wasn’t anti-vegan or pro-meat but rather a statement protesting the treatment of gays and lesbians in the military. PETA hated it. (They’d rather a sexy woman like Pam Anderson just draw outlines of cuts of meat on her real flesh than use a dead animal.) An LA Times blogger said her “antics aren’t in service of any real, learned feminism, activism or even pop-art bomb throwing.” I’m certainly not the world’s biggest Lady Gaga fan (I love her provocative style, but it’s the music I just can’t get into), but I actually kind of liked seeing something of thought-provoking substance, even if it was sirloin wrapped, come out of the VMAs. (She also wore a meat outfit on a recent cover of Vogue Japan.)
Feminists caused kitchen orphans, obesity and fast food: Rose Prince certainly stirred up the did-feminism-kill-cooking pot that is always simmering on the stove here at the Feminist Kitchen with this article in the Daily Meal. Prince, right, who is promoting her new book “Kitchenella,” claims that women who go off to work are to blame for “creating a generation of kitchen ‘orphans’,” who have no choice but to watch cooking shows for entertainment and then go out to eat at a restaurant because they didn’t have a Betty Crocker at home to nurture them as young children. She even goes so far as to write: “Yes, it’s feminism we have to thank for the spread of fast-food chains and an epidemic of childhood obesity.”
Kitchens at MoMA: The Modern Museum of Art in New York just opened an entire exhibit dedicated to kitchens, and gauging from this conversation between New York Times food writer Pete Wells and arts critic Roberta Smith, the exhibit doesn’t just showcase kitchen aesthetic, but it makes a commentary about the practical ways manufacturers attempted to reduce the “suffering and tedium” of cooking. From the New York Times T magazine:
The show has a definite feminist agenda. The role of women is highlighted throughout the exhibition, not only in the part they play as consumers but also as reformers, architects, designers and artists who have critically addressed kitchen culture. Should MoMA have named the show “Counter Balance”?