Are Muscles Useless?

Author Yukio Mishima, photographed by Eikoh Hosoe.

The “Meterosexual” has been replaced by the “Spornosexual”. You’ve seen him. He is the male that inhabits gyms, pumps his body up, and tans and grooms himself purely for show. A cynic might describe his physical body as essentially “useless.” And “useless” is not the way we want to be described. “The protestant work ethic” — so […]

Who Killed Valkyrie? Why Marvel’s Thor Is A Betrayal Of Women

female Thor

The recent news out of Marvel, that the company is about to relaunch Thor as a female character, has caused quite a stir. Graphic novel aficionados have denounced it a publicity stunt and political correctness gone mad. One or two bloggers, however, have argued that it gives a voice to the oppressed (women) in a male-dominated […]

The Radical, Traditional Diet: Food For The Body, Soul, And Higher Ideal

[Editor’s note: You should consult your doctor and qualified nutritionist prior to making any changes to your diet. The article below is a personal account of, and reflection on, diet in the modern age. It does not constitute medical advice.] While thinking about writing this article on what I’m calling “the radical, traditional diet,” I happened […]

Profane Sacredness: Spirituality, Sexuality and Violence in Art

Can sacred art be ugly? Can it seem even to be against the sacred? There are a couple of contemporary manifestation of religion and imagery that might cause us to ask these questions. In India, today, poster images of Hindu goddesses Saraswati, Durga and Lakshmi have begun being displayed in public as part of the “Save […]

Militant feminine: vanguards of style

In 2012 Moschino launched its collection of military chic womenswear in Milan. In mostly black and white with touches of “girly pink,” the brand’s final statement on war seemed to be delivered with a biker’s jacket bearing a large peace sign on the back. This hasn’t been the only expression of military chic so far […]