Hello and happy Friday! School started back this week, which is a very wonderful awesome thing, but it also means that I am even busier than usual. So this post is going to be short and sweet…
The goal of Vegan MoFo is to post 5 times a week, and I’m pretty sure that’s not going to happen for me, BUT I’m still going to post as much as possible. SO, welcome to a Very Vegan MoFo Edition of the Friday Five!
This recipe from Green Kitchen Stories is another one of those “transition recipes” to make as summer ends and fall begins. It’s light and fresh and crisp, but starts to incorporate richer fall flavors (like the combination of apples and hazelnuts). No-honey vegans sub maple syrup for the honey.
This controversial article argues that, although skinny-shaming is not okay, that it is not at all the same (and thus not as egregious) as fat-shaming. The article begins by pointing to thin women who are up in arms about recent pop cultural attacks on “skinny bitches.” Miller argues, “Skinny shaming may be as emotionally hurtful to the individual — ugh, that “eat a sandwich” bullshit. But, the fact remains that a thin body is the normative, mainstream ideal.” She goes on to point to studies that reveal mega discriminatory practices against fat people in hiring, housing, and trials. I think it’s interesting to consider hegemony in this conversation. If overwhelming cultural norms suggest that “thin=beautiful” can we really cry “reverse-sizeism”? Thoughts?
Yes, “THIS” as the kids on the internet say. The decolonized diet refers to an indigenous-lead movement to try to get indigenous communities in the US to “recover [their] ancestor’s gardens.” That is to say—indigenous communities aren’t bringing on diabetes and obesity because of their own diet, it’s because of colonizers influence on their diet. The article discusses several groups trying to “help… native communities address acute and chronic conditions” through food.
This article is a rebuttal to the Michael Pollen-esque argument that reforming our food system means we must all get back to the kitchen and be one with the joy of cooking. Now, obviously, I enjoy cooking and find that it has been a healing place for me and a space for me to think more about my own health and the health of the environment. However, as this article points out, “While Pollan and others wax nostalgic about a time when people grew their own food and sat around the dinner table eating it, they fail to see all of the invisible labor that goes into planning, making, and coordinating family meals. Cooking is at times joyful, but it is also filled with time pressures, tradeoffs designed to save money, and the burden of pleasing others.” Basically, having time and resources to cook family dinners every night is not something that is afforded to everyone. The article goes on to discuss how this promotes a sort of bourgeois ideal of family and motherhood: “The idea that home cooking is inherently ideal reflects an elite foodie standpoint. Romantic depictions of cooking assume that everyone has a home, that family members are home eating at the same time, and that kitchens and dining spaces are equipped and safe. This is not necessarily the case for the families we met.”
I want to put in conversation this article with the above article about the decolonized diet (can you tell I’m back to teaching?). First, we must note that poor people and people of color are not always already unhealthy. AND we must also note that poor people and people of color have structural barriers to living as healthfully as they/we/some might think is best (which is it’s own can of
worms beans). Point is, we all have a lot to think about in terms of the racial, economic, and temporal aspects of food justice.
Stuff from the Week that Made Me Happy
Classes starting and meeting my new students
Friends reaching out
Video texts of my favorite baby from my BFF
My capable muscles lifting all the things
Learning more about Feng Shui
What made you happy this week? xo