Today’s Debunk: Soy Boys

About a week ago this guy randomly starts talking to me while pouring his coffee. He told me he couldn’t put the soy milk into his coffee, because, y’know. Estrogen.

It’s 2018. I thought we were over this whole men and soy thing?

I asked him about his diet. I mean, if you’re a meat eater, soy is a main component in the diet of farmed animals (the other being corn). If the animal’s diet didn’t matter, then the use of antibiotics and hormones wouldn’t matter either. You are what you eat and all. I also brought up processed food, which most Americans are raised on, often contains additives made of soy (and yes, corn). And what, do you skip the soy sauce when you have sushi? What’s flavoring your fried rice?

He responded by saying the soy milk is heavily processed…

…is that to say, they made soy milk into some estrogen-rich beverage, more than anything else? Then wouldn’t women who want bigger busts start chugging it? Wouldn’t girls who are raised on soy milk show early development?

THEN, I pointed out that soy protein is popular for weight training and body building. Heavily processed, no? He still continued about the supposedly heavily processed milk. Ran out of arguments… or so I thought.

As an added bonus I pointed out that there are quite a few countries where soy products are a staple part of their diet, and the guys are still flat-chested. The girls aren’t more massive than Americans either (for FAT TITS, fatty American diet wins). I guess I over-roasted him. He finished with a snide remark about soy having other bodily effects for men before finally leaving.

Is this whole soy thing actually a flag for toxic masculinity?? I’m starting to think so.

As to where this stupid idea came from, I have no idea and I’m not really one for conspiracy theories, but someone pointed out to me that it might have come from the meat industry to bring people (back) to meat. That actually sounds feasible.

Such bullshit people fall for, though.

If you’re a guy who unabashedly consumes soy, to use 2018 terms, you are the embodiment of big dick energy. Let’s have some yakidofu, my treat.

AnimeFest: The Last Disrespect

A while back I wrote this long-winded piece about NYCC and how it’s failing as a convention. I won’t lie to you, if you haven’t read it, I don’t think I can even be assed to re-read it. So here’s the short of it: NYCC developed amazingly over time, and after year 10, it just derailed. It got too big for its own britches, but still acts very hot-shot. The worst part is ticketing; they gave up 3-day and 4-day passes for individual day passes. To go for all 4 days, after taxes/fees/shipping, is almost $300 – when in my opinion, while it’s good, it’s not a $300 show. Now add to that the failed fledgeling NY Anime Festival. A tiny con that they barely developed, and eventually merged back into NYCC. I think NYCC makes it pretty obvious that they don’t care about the anime crowd, just the money and clout: one anime guest per year (provided by either Viz or Kodansha), and any anime vendor that isn’t a brand company gets pressed up against the crowded back walls of the con floor. The Artist Alley doesn’t have anime artists anymore, period.

So AnimeNYC comes along and it’s a breath of fresh air in so many ways. Not only does it cater to the weeb crowd, it’s much smaller in size and much easier to do what you want. And like I said before, that Artist Alley was like the ripest, juiciest peach in the basket.

Then this happens.

Where do I start?

1. AX, I had to spend a week worrying about your damn linecon and if my friends were gonna fare in that outdoor line heat and those sardine-can line conditions indoors. Fix yourself up, and work on those dumbass rules too. No R18 in Artist Alley, and now no SCISSORS? Don’t worry about us here, you got shit to do.

2. Two concurrent cons with their own ticket prices, as if NYCC wasn’t expensive enough. A day at NYCC is $50-55. AnimeNYC is $65 for the 3-day weekend. AX is $80 for 4 days. Who said I wanna pay an extra $20 per day to go to a separate, concurrent convention?

3. This separate con is at Pier 94, which is 15 blocks away. I’m a walker but I promise you that going back and forth in that area will thoroughly exhaust you, and even if you taxi or transport, it’s still going to burn precious time and money. Also it’s on the very edge of Manhattan so no, it’s not like you can grab food along that trek either.

4. NYCC is less than 3 months away. Who’s appearing? What guests can you announce on such short notice? What artist alley is this? AAs take months of prep alone, plus travel for people coming from out of state/country.

5. Assuming they did put together a good show on short notice, then you have to pick and choose which events you want to do between both cons, and then factor in travel time between both. As it stands there’s no indication as to whether they’re simply going to take the usual anime fare out of NYCC and relocate it, or have an entirely new set. Either way sucks.

Look. Screw AnimeFest, just admit you’re trying to use the anime fans you barely care about to rescue your failing convention and go. If you don’t believe me, just check out the Q&A people are throwing at them on Twitter, and take note of which questions they’re openly ignoring.

A mystery short notice con with no lineup set happening the same time as another con and the first thing you got to say is “come buy tickets”…
Got me fucked up…