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'Skinny Bastard' Disgruntles this Bitch

I'm a couple weeks late on this, but did you all hear about Skinny Bitch's new uber-masculine brother, Skinny Bastard? Finally, gender equity has arrived! Now men and women can be separately but equally body shamed!

For anyone who missed the Skinny Bitch fanaticism, check out Debbie's post from last year. While in theory I am totally into a book that debunks food industry myths and promotes veganism, Skinny Bitch disappoints big time in practice.  Not surprisingly, so does Skinny Bastard.

What could be an awesome vegan manifesto is so rife with gendered language, sexist commentary and an apparent obsession with physical appearance over healthy living that potential positive and/or helpful messages (i.e., fruit, bread and many other carbs that don't come in a pop can are a-okay, aspartame sucks big time, Americans eat too much meat, etc.) get clouded.

Why couldn't the books be called Healthy Bitch and Healthy Bastard?  Less weight-focused and still sassy, right?  I'm guessing that in our society, a goal of health simply doesn't sell as well as one of thinness.  In fact, if health outweighed gettin' skinny, the cosmetic surgery industry would not thrive as it does.

Aside from the skinny-centric -- make that buff-centric for Skinny Bastard (the authors "know men don't want to be skinny" but they titled the book to "go well" with the female version) -- tone of the book, authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin can't seem to get through a page without either a gendered insult or some sort of stereotypical reference to the way men and women supposedly are.  For example:

A hot bodied man is a head-turner.  So don't waste your money on a stupid sports car to get chicks; a woman who cares about what kind of car a man drives is a vapid, shallow whore.  Invest in yourself.  (A woman who cares about how a man looks is also a vapid, shallow whore.  But at least you'll look good.)

Wow, sounds like there are a lot of vapid, shallow whores running around.  At least vapid, shallow whores will probably have sex with you, right (het) men?  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that this book is for straight skinny bastards.

By the way, did you know that "coffee is for pussies?"  Me neither.  Personally, I'm of the mindset that douching is an unnecessary tool of the patriarchy that reinforces the idea that the female body is naturally unclean, but if you must follow Freedman and Barnouin's version of truth, I'd recommend letting the coffee cool down a bit first.  Also, always go organic and free trade.

 

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"I'm guessing that in our

"I'm guessing that in our society, a goal of health simply doesn't sell as well as one of thinness. In fact, if health outweighed gettin' skinny, the cosmetic surgery industry would not thrive as it does."

Right on. How sick.

Thank you for saying

Thank you for saying everything that I could not put into words.

It was offensive already...

But the fact that they mispunctuated the title really takes it over the top. So, not just gendered and insulting, but grammatically incorrect too!

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I see your point, BUT....

Although their writing and the overall voice of the authors can be regarded as insulting, full of gendered language and sexist commentary, “Skinny Bastard” made me really think about my diet. Since I started reading this book two and a half months ago I have been eating a vegan diet. OK, there have been the occasional slip-ups, but if it weren’t for this book, I’d probably still be heading through the grocery check-out line oblivious to what is actually in my food. I feel better, eat better and yes, I’ve lost weight and have been told by others I look healthier.

Some people may not agree with the tone the authors have presented in this book, but I have to say this book is packed with research. If you have any inclination of leading a vegan lifestyle, the tone, which I think the authors meant to be light, funny and similar to the way one would talk with their fraternity brothers, should not dissuade you from getting some decent information and tips on how to start living a healthier lifestyle, whether it be 100% vegan or not. This book made me think of what I was ingesting and I’m sure it will do the same for others.

I read this for my WSTU

I read this for my WSTU class... the first skinny bitch.

And while veganism can lead to a healthier lifestyle, undoubtably... and the no nonsense approach that the authors use can at times be admirable there are things that cannot be excused.

The authors claimed somewhere near the end being skinny was not the ultimate goal, it was being healthy. Then why not write a book called HEALTHY bitch (and hey it will make you shed those extra few pounds).

Also to someone who is not ready to give up meat, picking up skinny bitch can feel like a let down. i cant be skinny if i eat meat? i cant be skinny if i touch diet coke? if i touch coffee?

the tone they use... as a salon.com magazine quoted perfectly is the little anorexic voice that infiltrates women (and men... maybe more so thanks to skinny bastard).

as a vegan, a former anorexic, and a feminist. i LOATHE the message this book sends. you can be healthy and not be vegan. You can be healthy and drink coffee and soda in moderation.

its just so problematic for me to wrap my head around that even if a handful of people did follow the diet they propose which is similar to my diet, only fuck their belief that coffee is for pussies. coffee is for bitches that need to get through the day.

its still TOO problematic to compensate for the weight loss that can result. because really... that voice. thats the voice i always heard in my head. and its scary to think how many other women and now men will hear that little voice...

Coffee douche

that last paragraph almost made me spit out the hot, organic, fair trade (with soy milk!) coffee i am drinking at work. hilarious!

i was under the impression that coffee was for mouths, throats, stomachs, etc. thanks "skinny bastard" for clearing that up for me!

I looked through this issue

I looked through this issue at a shop. I think it's quite amusing and funny entertaining read, but I can't rely on it as a factual book just because it's not scientific at all. Finally, I haven't bought it....I just imagined the look on my husband's face if only I were to give it to him! Nevertheless, I recommend it to all open-minded people!

Skinny Pimp? Ripped Bastard?

Dunno about it, but yes. Eating organic, vegan, non animal products will get you healthy.

I started cutting diary, and actually started felling quite better (soy milk tastes different but good still) And strangely enough I'm more awake. I'm eating 2 weeks full vegan and the other days normally and it feels strange. And I just started to lose weight in week three and no stupid diets of 5 meals a day and combine shit.

So I gotta say. Maybe I will not be a super model but, I already started feeling better. Maybe these gals are right.