About two years ago, I went through a holistic kick in which I got really into yoga (these days I go to yoga, like, once a week), meditation, and eating copious amounts of brown rice and drinking smoothies. I picked up Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin and forced myself to read it in its entirety. Skinny Bitch‘s message confused me. It was hardcore veganism swathed in vain wrapping, a dangerous combination which can give people with body image issues the perfect “morality” excuse for having and hiding an eating disorder. The Skinny Bitch diet doesn’t consist of much — no meat, no dairy, no sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol. It angered me that the message was being targeted at women — and that the authors felt like the only way to get their pro-vegan message across was to tempt them with promises of beautiful skinniness.
Now, the bitches are back, and they’re going after men. Freedman and Barnouin’s latest book is Skinny Bastard, and it repurposes all their Skinny Bitch advice for “real men who want to stop being fat and get buff.” Honestly, if I saw Skinny Bastard sitting on a dude’s bookshelf, I would hightail it out of his apartment before he could even suggest going to a raw food restaurant for dinner and doing wheatgrass shots. [NY Times] Keep reading »