I wanted to share my review of the book, “Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven”. It was “interesting” to pick up because there are NO current “mainstream” books out there that focus on veganism and pregnancy. I say “mainstream” because this “franchise” is a New York Times bestseller and I guess that is how I’m defining “mainstream” in this sense. I know there are “underground” voices producing such literature, but was simply interested in seeing what “mainstream” (i.e.: for white middle class USA demographic) vegan pregnancy book would look like.
I also understand the authors “style” of writing, so their cursing and “in your face” approach didn’t really bother me because I knew what to expect: lots of swearing and phrases like, “Get off you fat ass and stop being lazy!” I tried to not let it “bother” me.
Here are my 3 major critiques below:
1) that this book’s audience is most likely middle class people who live in locations where a whole foods vegan diet is “easy”. I question how feasible any whole foods diet is (vegan or omnivorous) for people who are the working poor in this country and located in areas such as certain “inner city” locations, in which there have been a plethora of public health reports indicating that there are no farmer’s markets, natural grocers, or health options available.
2) this book kind of assumes all pregnant women reading this book are straight and married to a man. If you are lesbian identified woman, the heterosexual oriented nature of the book may irk you. If you are a single woman looking to become pregnant or are already pregnant, it may irk you a bit.
3) Every picture that starts the chapter is ALWAYS a white skinny bodied pregnant woman. Yes, I know the intended audience is not “us” (Us being women of color and women who are not a size 2), but this irked me as well. Are the marketers and authors of the book “scared” to put pictures of women of color in there as well, in fear that “white” audience won’t purchase it? I don’t think I’m looking too much into this, as the images of female vegans on most vegan oriented products are young white thin females. And yet I hear so many folk (mostly white identified) telling me that veganism is “colorblind” and there is no need for anti-racist education and critical thinking engagement around systemic whiteness as the norm in the USA! We need to start writing our own book that speak to women of color experiences with veganism. I know I have already started with “Sistah Vegan” anthology, but let’s keep this up :-) !!!
Anyone else read the book?