Skinny Bitch Book Review
written May 26, 2008
The book Skinny Bitch is supposed to be a how-to on healthy living geared towards women. There is another geared toward men called Skinny Bastard which I haven't read but imagine is almost identical. Itís pretty interesting, that is, until you find out itís written by two women; then you want to tear your eyes out for subjecting yourself to such vile inarticulateness. As for the content, they basically tell you to go vegan while ripping a new one in the meat and dairy industries. Not only that, but they poke holes in every reason you think you can trust the FDA, USDA, and EPA. Like I said, it was an interesting read.
As for the authors of the book, I wouldnít be doing them justice if I didnít quote the back of the book verbatim.
Rory Freedman, a former agent for Ford Models, is a self-taught know-it-all. Kim Barnouin is a former model who holds a Masters of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. A self-taught know-it-all. Thatís just stellar.
These credentials, though short, are rife with problems. First of all, both of them are women. Thatís strike one. The only reason I can fathom that these two ladies were able to string together sentences coherent enough to read is because they were writing about food. Food is related to cooking, and Iíll be damned if any woman Iíve heard about has expertise in something besides cooking and cleaning. Second of all, Iíd like to point out that you canít read ten nutrition books without getting ten different opinions on what is healthy and what is not. There is absolutely no consensus, hence the never-ending cycle of unique diet crazes in America. Therefore, Ms. Barnouinís degree in Holistic Nutrition is null and void in my eyes. My eyes are important because I have x-ray vision, sort of like Superman. The difference is that Superman can only see through physical objects, whereas I can see through bullshit like degrees in Holistic Nutrition. The other author is a self-taught know-it-all. Well fuck me five ways to stupid. There exists a woman who thinks she knows everything? In America? Get the fuck out of here. Letís just take a second to digest the audacity of the publishers here. She is a self-taught know-it-all. A SELF-TAUGHT KNOW-IT-ALL. THEY ADVERTISE THAT AS A CREDENTIAL. FUCK.
But who am I to judge? They could be homeless, illiterate peanut peddlers, but as long as they researched the material properly, everything should hold its own, right?
Not so fast, salesman.
The works cited section looks like that of a high school paper done the night before itís due: 75% of the sources are from the internet. I realize this is the information age and all, but come on. It doesnít take a PhD in research methods to understand that the internet is full of misinformation. Some of the websites they cited made me laugh out loud. Here are a few off the top of my head: www.fishinghurts.com, www.milksucks.com, and www.stanford.edu. Stanford University? Who do they think they are?
All joking aside, the book has some good stuff in it. Some of the cases they cited and relationships they exposed between various food industries and regulatory agencies were eye opening to say the least. And one thing they said as part of their tirade against the meat industry was pretty compelling:
If slaughterhouses were made of glass, weíd all be vegetarians. But by compelling I mean hunger inducing. I like my meat rare and I like it tortured. Fucking hippies.
I suggest we all observe five minutes of silence for the thousands of trees that were killed in the vain publishing of this book.
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