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Sexy Vegan is Top Feature in Time Out New York

This week’s issue of Time Out New York is all about what makes us horny, and PETA has pretty much made it common knowledge that nothing is sexier than a vegan. So it should come as no surprise that NYC’s most ethically fabulous vegan Joshua Katcher was chosen as the top profile in “Flesh Direct”— a feature in which TONY readers posed nude and art-directed their own photos.

Katcher, who chose to modestly cover his twig-and-berries with a bunch of organic beets purchased at the Union Square farmer’s market, said:

The green movement is finally becoming sexy– and it’s because of food. Food is like sex: You interact with it physically, you put it in your body. I’d rather have an amazing meal than mediocre sex.

I can get with that, but what I can’t really get with is the photo of the naked vet examining a cat. Weird.

Update: New York Magazine’s Grub Street calls the “vegansexual” spread “ridiculous,” thus managing to criticize one aspect of vegan culture while simultaneously appropriating the language of our culture for street cred. See, we are a minority!


  1. Comment by

    Jason Das

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    I generally think it was a good feature, but TONY seems to have conflated sex/arousal with nudity, which is just silly. If I cared about nudism, I’d be pretty pissed off! Stuff like the naked vet or the intentionally unsexy pose from the gal on the toilet comes across as confusing, when it should just be pro-nakedness.

    Congrats to Joshua for doing this, and especially for holding that carrot like he does. That pic is a full two-page spread in the magazine! He’s got a bonus pic and some background info on his site.

  2. Comment by

    al oof

    on #

    i’m not a nudist, but i agree that nude does not equal sexy. but the toilet one could be sexy, if you’re into that, you know? the vet one, i don’t know. i mean, what fetish would that even be (besides a nudity fetish).

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    on #

    I’m a vet student and I don’t examine animals while naked, and I use my stethoscope by placing it in my ears and not the middle of my neck.

  4. Comment by

    Jason Das

    on #

    Meowbird, you’re just a student. When you get to be a real vet you will understand.

  5. Comment by


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    I find “Sexy Vegan is Top Feature in Time Out New York” with excessively “pretty” man (?) curious at best and revolting at worst. This was an automatic reaction. Sorry. I was born that way. Really, can not help it. Appreciate content celebrating electricity BETWEEN the sexes. More positive playful content appealing to “normal” straight vegans would be a consummation devoutly to be wished. CHEERS.

  6. Comment by


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    “More positive playful content appealing to “normal” straight vegans would be a consummation devoutly to be wished.”

    I think Time Out New York could be a more challenging read in general (sorry, I was just born that way), AND I wish homophobic “vegans” would just disappear.

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    Re: Debra?s wish about homophobic ?vegans? disappearing. As Einstein put it: ?Simplify as much as possible – but no further.? Her quotes around ?Vegan? served NO purpose in comment. Word ?Vegan? has a clear operational meaning independent of sexuality.

    Those ?progressive? (as Air America uses the term) have little problem with accepting how people are born. Duh. As a person without invisible means of support, I?m offended by all the god stuff from preachers blaming everything from Katrina to 9/11 contrived ?homosexual agenda? fantasies. I support minority equal rights.

    BUT creepy effeminate men (?) described as ?sexy? does NOT jive with me. Should being born with this aversion (NOT fear) be grounds for discounting me as a person? Why not live and let live? PLEASE.

    Roots of ?homosexuality? FALSELY suggest ?fear of? but REALLY MOST so-called ?homophobic? folks ARE NOT FEARFUL. They just innately find this naturally occurring variation very revolting. Word ?homoepathy? would have been a good word had it not been taken.

    Semantic problems abound in politics and in sexuality. Many words have been expropriated in a way that sustains systemic confusion. Eg. ?conservative? and ?liberal? are nearly ruined by pejorative use. I in Europe, ?liberal? has an entirely different meaning than in States.


  8. Comment by

    Olivia Lane

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    Wwwgjsnet, I can’t believe I am taking the bait, but I need to let you know that I’m one homo who finds you, and your dreadfully long and pretentious comments, revolting. Sorry. I was just born that way.

    I promise both of us that I will not respond to you again, as I generally try to avoid interacting with your kind.

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    Postscript to “Sexy Vegan . . .Time Out New York.”

    Oliva Lane (never met her) is missing an entire world of logical intellectual discourse that could enrich her life. I raised in highly-focused (albeit politically incorrect) clear specificity a few interesting issues that Oliva totally ignores. For starters, difficulties with peculiar (non-descriptive) common meaning of “homopathy” word deserves attention. She apparently finds personal attack easier than fact-based thinking. She would do well working for George or Dick and his right-wing ilk. She could help McCain write copy on God, Gays and Guns. She appears unable to handle issues and is limited to name calling in considering me (whom she has never met) revolting. In all modesty, “normal” women who have known me biblically, (about 30 or so) have NOT found me revolting or pretentious. In closing, I would urge her to open her heart to accepting “normal” straight people. Idealistic vegans such as myself have feelings too. Suggest featuring more “normal” straight folks and minimizing attempts to glamorize spooky creepy folks curiously captioned as “Sexy Vegan” – in Time Out New York (HOW CREEPY CAN YOU GET?) SEXY? NOT! Give me and the other 95% of straight folks a break! GOD! Sex is too wonderful a gift to waste on those who find creepy nearly naked spaced-out men (on drugs?) UN-SEXY (to “normal” majority) types in Time Out. Relax. “GOD” (in her infinite wisdom?) is just a figure of speech. To end on a positive note, hope to see as many vegans as possible at the International Vegetarian Union Conference in Dresden. Sounds like a very worthy event. Also, although I exercised care in above wisdom, I would appreciate anyone identifying any substantive errors. Even I make mistakes. To err is human. Agreed?