Culinary Collective, Gene Baur, David Duchovny & The Short Film No One Wants

Jay Astafa and Angela Lowe have launched a plant-based pop-up dinner series called The Culinary Collective. It seats 24 guests each evening and takes place at a private Brooklyn townhouse. The meal features either 15 or 7 courses (costing $150 and $80 respectively). Use the code “DiscerningBrute” to get 10% off through April 7th 2015!


Get tickets to celebrate with Activist and Author Gene Baur at ABC Carpet in NYC on Monday April 6th at 6:30pm. Ticket includes a copy of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day

Another new book worth reading is by actor David Duchovny (Californication, The X-Files). He’s written his first novel, Holy Cow, and critics agree that it is a hilarious, dark and bizarre story of farm animals seeking freedom.


This is the story no one wants. This is the story I’ve sat with time and time again since 2011, wondering where it could go, and who would dare look… My hope is that, through this work, we can all look, care, share, and change.” The new short film, The Slaughterhouse, was shot in 2011 as a collaboration between Jo-Anne Macarthur and Kelly Guerin. Music A. Taylor: “Who Will Remember”.

Fashion & Animals Talk at NYU


I’m thrilled to be presenting an exciting talk on Fashion & Animals at The New York University Animal Studies Initiative on April 7th 2015. What’s even better news is that this talk is open to the public! Please RSVP by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 7th, 6:15 pm
194 Mercer Street, Room 306
New York, NY 10003

Joshua Katcher is adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School, the founder of fashion house Brave GentleMan and The Discerning Brute, a men’s lifestyles website. Drawing from over five years of research and his forthcoming book, Fashion & Animals, Katcher will talk about ethical fashion and the contradictions that plague contemporary fashion: how our fascination with other creatures, whether wild or tamed, coexists with use of their body parts as desirable clothes; how the imagery of fashion industrial media complex so often pairs models with adorable furry animals such as cubs, kittens and lamb, while wearing fur, leather and wool; and how overcoming our cognitive dissonance and growing awareness and compassion can not only help promote a cruelty-free, aspirational and popular approach to fashion, but can solve large-scale problems and invigorate innovation.

Katcher has been named 2014 Man of the Year for COCO ECO Magazine, called a “force” (W Magazine), a “modern day hero in the making” (The Wild Magazine), a “Vegan superstar” (, “ethical style icon” (VegNews) and praised as promoting “The New Sexy Vegan” (The Guardian) .
This event is supported by NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
The Animal Studies Initiative is an integral part of the Department of Environmental Studies and hosts a series of events throughout the year. For more information, visit our website here

New Study Finds Meat-Centric Masculinity is Barrier for Achieving Sustainability


A new study that will appear in the journal Apetite this June (2015), is calling on the meat-masculinity link as a barrier to sustainability. This is something we’ve been talking about for years at, and it’s nice to see it confirmed in a scientific journal:

The achievement of sustainability and health objectives in Western countries requires a transition to a less meat-based diet. This article investigates whether the alleged link between meat consumption and particular framings of masculinity, which emphasize that ‘real men’ eat meat, may stand in the way of achieving these objectives.

The study specifically looked at 18-35 year old men in the Netherlands. Chinese Dutch, Turkish Dutch and native Dutch adults were the subjects of the study, which found that cultures with the biggest gender differences, had the strongest link between meat-eating and masculinity. In this case, it was the Turkish-Dutch men who showed the strongest link, and native Dutch men who had the least gender differences and the weakest of meat-masculinity link.

The findings suggest that the combination of traditional framings of masculinity and the Western type of food environment where meat is abundant and cheap is bound to seriously hamper a transition to a less meat-based diet. In contrast, less traditional framings of masculinity seem to contribute to more healthy food preferences with respect to meat. It was concluded that cultural factors related to gender and ethnic diversity can play harmful and beneficial roles for achieving sustainability and health objectives.

• The American Psycological Association published Real Men Don’t Eat (Vegetable) Quiche: Masculinity and the Justification of Meat Consumption by Hank Rothgerber.
• The University of Chicago Press’ Journal of Consumer Research highlighted the phenomenon of masculinity in association to meat: Why Do Male Consumers Avoid Vegetarian Options?
• The Discerning Brute on Masculinity & Meat

Joshua Katcher on Rich Roll Podcast

Ultramarathoner, plant-power authority and lifestyle expert Rich Roll has a massive following. If you aren’t already tuned in to the fantastic work he’s doing, you should be! I had the honor of being interviewed on Rich’s highly-acclaimed podcast a few days ago, and I’m so excited to share it with you! We discuss reimagining fashion as environmentally and ethically sound, and talk about everything from masculinity to mass media.

I should also mention that Rich and Julie’s new book, The Plantpower Way is something you should definitely pre-order right away!

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Vegan Fashion Talk: Issues & Innovations

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86 Kent Ave Brooklyn, NY, 11249 United States


The Ethical Writers Coalition presents a round-table discussion on vegan fashion and sustainability. This exciting event features moderator Joshua Katcher (adjunct professor at Parsons The New School, founder of Brave Gentleman, and editor at The Discerning Brute), with fellow vegan fashion designers discussing the challenges and latest innovations, from high-tech, low-impact synthetics to lab-grown leather. It’s a must for aspiring designers, stylish vegans, and anyone interested in sustainable fashion. Join us for an inspiring conversation over refreshments from Little Choc Apothecary. Ask questions, meet the designers, and learn what’s next for cruelty-free design.

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International recording artist Joya Bravo will be performing with her electric violin at 7:30 before the panel gets underway.