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Bitch, please.

Date: March 25, 2008 | Posted By:

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The Devil Wears Prada meets a drill sergeant in this best-selling diet book, Skinny Bitch. Does that recipe sound unappealing to you, too?

Blech. It smacks of chick-lit friendly marketing with that totally hip touch of sass (read: swearing). So what is it really? A vegan diet book. Apparently it’s light on the recipes because it’s chock full of “tough-love for savvy girls”. Huh?

Look, I’m cool with veganism. And I’m all about eating less-processed foods. But it is a bald-faced lie to tell people that veganism will make everyone — no matter their body type or genetic profile — skinny. There can be health benefits that come along with cutting out meat and dairy, but that does not automatically result in elongated torsos, designer sunglasses, and a Hollywood-ready little black dress (right, front cover?).

Also, reading the title feels like chewing on tinfoil to me. There’s a lame smugness to it: it assumes that all non-skinny women are jealous of skinny ones, that all skinny women are bitches, that becoming skinny automatically lends you an air of superiority. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

It’s dumb female-to-female hostility dressed up as faux empowerment, and to me, that goes down worse than last night’s barbecued seitan.

-A.I.




What Do You Think?

3 Responses to Bitch, please.

  1. suswin on 04-23-2008

    I met a young woman recently who claimed she read this book and she was "scared vegan" Vegan diets destroy the body if done improperly. i just quit smoking a few months ago- that was the greatest gift to myself. not some scary book that makes me freak out at the thought of carpachio. Boo to the scare tactics to the masses!!!!!
  2. Sibyl on 06-16-2008

    People shouldn't be lured into veganism for its health benefits. say what you will about the evils of milk and dairy, vegans actually live shorter lives on average than ovo-lacto vegetarians...people should be vegans because of what they believe in. And it's a diet that requires a lot of thought and planning.

    I also don't like the association of vegetarianism with weight loss and diets and skinniness. You can lose weight while eating meat. It's crap like this "skinny bitch" book that make people tell me things like "why are you a vegetarian? You don't need to lose weight"..."you don't eat meat? are you anorexic?"
  3. n/a on 08-12-2008

    want some cake???