The answer is NO.
The “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli …” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”
this bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
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I have an article in The Independent newspaper about surviving a homophobic hate crime, should anyone want to read it.
- you all when robin williams died: people just need to be more compassionate and understanding when it comes to mental illness
- you all when amanda bynes does anything: hahaha so funny!!! that girl is fucking crazy lmao what a train wreck
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Someone asked the right question of me recently: okay, portraits of trans women, and then what? They realized that trans people are not a cohesive community, that there are way more trans women in the world, in many fields, than I could possibly paint in one project. So it comes down, then, to what’s special about my portraits of them, which comes down to who I am. My style speaks for itself, but another quality of the project is that I’m a huge nerd, and most of the models that I’ve lined up so far are also huge nerds. So that’s a niche that trans women aren’t, although there are a lot of trans women in it. Here’s one of them.
Robin is a designer and illustrator and creator of the Urban Tarot, a full deck of digital collage, elaborately illustrated tarot cards she Kickstarted a few years ago.Robin started transitioning fairly recently, and had the common adolescent-girl experience of realizing how much artistic effort goes into telling the world you are not the default gender. From her tumblr:
I was rewatching Edward Scissorhands (favorite movie of all time, still) and I realized something very basic that I had never understood before. There was a brief shot of a teenage girl’s bedroom with cut out eyes from magazines pasted all around the mirror on the vanity. I’d certainly seen that before, and filed it under “weird things that teenage girls do.” I suppose I’d thought of it as connected to other kinds of fetishization of media images I’ve seen, like posting a hundred different photos of Johnathan Brandis to a piece of foamcore. You know, weird things teen girls do that as a guy I never gave much thought to.
Having struggled with figuring out makeup for the first time myself lately, this suddenly makes a world more sense to me. That’s not image fetishization, that’s artistic reference.Those cut out eyes are not silly, they’re immensely practical and useful.
It had never really occurred to me that young women are required to make art every day of their lives. As an artist, that seems like a very big deal to me. Imagine if at about 12 years old, every boy was told “Hey, so from now on, we’re going to need you to paint us a landscape every morning. Just paint a beautiful landscape, then spend the rest of the day walking around with it, showing it off to everyone you see. No, it doesn’t matter if you don’t think you’re any good at art - you still need to do it. No, you don’t get any extra time to do this assignment, fit it in with everything else. No, we’re not going to provide you any materials or training on how to paint - you’re going to have to sort that out on your own. Maybe ask your dad? Borrow or steal the paint and brushes if you have to - because we are all going to judge you every day on your work. Of course you can choose not to do a painting one day, but you are going to be judged even harsher for daring to leave the house without your finished work. And no, not everyone gets this assignment - in fact you’re going to be critiqued significantly harsher by the folk who have never even tried to paint. Get used to that. The assignment is due every day for the rest of your life, enjoy!”
Makeup is art, and I love making art, but I also know that art is hard work. Truth.
I am still very much looking to add more women of color as models, so please refer. Thank you.
Or going to work sick because taking a day off means rent doesn’t get paid.
The absolute truth. Both of these statements