Simon Doonan‘s new book Gay Men Don’t Get Fat is the latest buzz in the diet world; just this morning, a friend posted The Guardian‘s article about the gay diet on my Facebook page. I haven’t read the book yet, but this article does a great job of summarizing. Doonan’s book is more a parody of the age-old stereotypes about feminine, masculine, and “gay” foods than scientific diet advice (he’s built his career in fashion, not health care, after all). You can get the gist just from watching this Dr. Pepper commercial and re-reading The Hairpin’s genius gallery of women laughing alone with salad. OR, you could check out our gallery of “gay diet” photos taken from stock photo sites!
The Guardian‘s excerpt explains the premise:
“Straight foods are basic and uncontrived,” he writes. “Gay foods are fiddly and foofy … Sushi may well be the gayest food on earth. The design of the average ikura gunkan maki or hirame nigiri is, if you look at it objectively, really quite extraordinary. Sushi chefs are basically taking sloppy bits of fish and magically reworking them into exquisite bonbons. How gay, right? … While sushi is swishy, Mexican food is unbelievably macho. As delicious as a burrito is, it is basically just a cross between a turd and a penis.”
And they also sum up his reasonable conclusion:
He prefers to eat “a healthy combo of both the gay and straight food groups”.
In any case, Shutterstock and Thinkstock have some interesting ideas about what the “gay diet” should be. Here are some of the top results from my search.