This is a review of Meat is for Pussies by John Joseph.
It’s going to be long.
I’m pretty mad.
I’m a vegetarian who cooks almost exclusively vegan. My choice to go veg was largely due to the environmental impact and the reality that I will never truly own a cruelty free item. There will be slave labor somewhere along the line of every possession I have, so the very least I could do was give up meat and at least take that off my hands. So I’m a fairly annoying vegetarian who did it with high moral grounds.
I am not as annoying as John Joseph. John Joseph is what I consider to be a well meaning, profoundly misguided turd. In the first 12 pages I wrote FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU in the margins 8 times. And here’s the worst of it, I didn’t actually disagree with his point. But his delivery was so fucking sexist and body shamey that I could barely plod through this fucking book of masturbatory vegan narcissism.
Look, you should go vegan if you can. I understand if you’re in a food desert and veganism certainly isn’t without its problems (it’s not necessarily locally sustainable) but it’s actually pretty cheap and very good for you. You will poop like a dream, feel better, not get that horrible bloated feeling after you eat, and probably live a little longer.
Meat is for Pussies, (I suppose the title should have been a tip off that I would hate this sexist communication style), has recipes and paragraphs explaining why veganism is better for you. These recipes and missives are heavily punctuated by fat-shaming, skinny-shaming (REAL MEN MUST BE RIPPED HULK MEN RAWR), and sexism. This pussy possessing vegetarian would kindly like John Joseph to go fuck himself since my pussy is fucking tough. I also do intense workouts. I do strength training by way of aerial arts and trapeze. Essentially, I’m the sort of person this book is written for, according to author, and yet I still want to force feed him Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwiches until his heart explodes.
Here’s the problem with Meat is for Pussies. It’s the same irritating, body-shaming bullshit we saw in Skinny Bitch. It’s veganism’s attempts at being edgy and sexy only this target audience is for men. And it’s fucking annoying. You can be a good vegan, a good activist, a healthy and strong person without being a fucking dick. John Joseph fails in this utterly.
The recipes are decent though.