Hello everyone!! I know I haven't posted in a while, but hey, October isn't over yet and I want to have a blog post for you all every month. Some may be short, some may have more material; nevertheless, I am trying to promise myself some consistency .
So, I wanted to express some of my troubles regarding our food industry, how food is now treated as a luxury item, and a reflection of your certain social class; therefore, I went ahead and created the following world - also part of an anthropology mini assignment (using fiction to raise an ongoing issue in society). I hope you enjoy it!
THE MAKE-BELIEVE WORLD
Welcome to my world. This setting is not “other-worldly” or extra-terrestrial in any sort. People do not have alien heads nor do they have special spaceships for a weekend getaway. This part of the world is located within this era, within our own North American society, and bound by our very own cultural settings. The inhabitants of this world act just like us and look just like us, except that they have transparent torsos – just like newborn hamsters that wiggle around in their frail pink skin – these humans have their esophagus, their stomach, their lungs and everything in between or underneath completely visible to themselves and the public. Here, people do not wear clothes for aesthetical purposes but only for protection against the weather. However, even when clothed, the t-shirt, sweater or coat is designed in a way to frame the transparent region of their torso. People are not concerned whether they are wearing designer clothing, a fancy watch, or if they’re experiencing a “good hair day.”
All aspects of fashion are dismissed and rendered unimportant as the new way of impressing others is by showing off one’s “insides.” If someone has an important meeting, a romantic dinner-date or a presentation at university, they will try to eat expensive foods that are more “presentable” and liked by others. People no longer have nutritional privacy – everything they ingest is completely undisclosed to the public. Humankind’s end goal becomes making enough money to be able to afford high-priced organic luxury food items in order to maintain their social status. Naturally, this becomes an ongoing daily task, as the individual has to recreate his or her inner-aesthetics and social status every morning when he or she wakes up on an empty stomach.
MY RATIONALE FOR CREATING THIS WORLD
My imaginary world provokes us to think about our North American society and the way access to healthy food has become a fashionable lifestyle for the elite. The “healthy-vegan-organic-renaissance” is advertised to people of higher social status because, in truth, they are only ones who can afford it. Indeed, it has become a fashion accessory to carry and drink a certain coffee brand and shop from a certain grocery store.
If we had transparent torsos, we would be able to see the insides of disenfranchised people. If their stomachs were not completely empty, we would see the lack of nutritional value in their food intake simply because they cannot afford it. They say “seeing is believing” and if we were to see people’s insides, and what their chemically modified food is doing to them instantaneously; perhaps then, we could be empathetic and realize how food corporations are perpetuating the marginalization of the undernourished and disadvantaged.
Until next month, folks!
Mina is a multimedia journalist currently based in London, U.K.
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