Topic: meat

Forget Lingerie: 15 Holidays Gifts We Actually Want From Him This Christmas

Forget Lingerie: 15 Holidays Gifts We Actually Want From Him This Christmas

It’s the most wonderful gift-giving time of the year. A time when we spend weeks obsessing over what to buy our loved ones, and are rewarded with the equivalent of relationship coal. Another piece of costume jewelry / lingerie / winter accessory? Forget it. The last thing we need is another cheap red teddy.

This Christmas, the thought counts — and he better be thinking about us. We made this list and checked it twice so he won’t have to. Here are 15 presents that we really want to unwrap this Christmas, from the practical to the luxurious. More »

Why Are People Still Buying Fur?

Why Are People Still Buying Fur?

Listen — I’m not exactly the biggest PETA activist. I eat meat, and I eat cheese, and I think that posing nude as a protest does nothing but showcase your nude body, and make people forget that you’re there for a different reason.

But I never cease to be amazed that still, to this day, designers make clothing and bags with fur — fur! — and people buy them. More »

Lady Gaga’s Meat Dress and the Question of Authenticity

Lady Gaga's Meat Dress and the Question of Authenticity

Way back in 1999, I was living in Jerusalem and happened to go to an exhibit at the Israel Art Museum titled, “Skin Deep.” I went because I’d heard that Orlan would be there – the French performance artist who used plastic surgery as her medium. Also at that exhibit was a meat dress by Canadian artist Jana Sterbak. Walking around the dress, which weighed 60-lbs and hung on a mannequin, you were confronted with, for lack of a better phrase, the sheer grossness of it. But it wasn’t just the spectacle of a dress made of meat, it was the context.

First of all, it was part of an exhibit that offered artistic commentary on superficiality, vanity, shelter, and the things we turn to for comfort and security. At that point the meat dress was browning and fetid so even if you didn’t want to look at it, you couldn’t avoid the smell. It made me think about the clothes I put on my body, and the nourishment I put into it. Artist Jana Sterbak herself offers this food for thought:

“The work also addresses issues concerning women, fashion, consumption, and the body. The equation of women with meat and the notion that “you are what you wear” are common ideas in Western society.”

As you’ve probably seen, Lady Gaga has taken to sporting her own meat wardrobe lately, most notably on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan and at this week’s MTV Video Music Awards. More »