Soy Boys

Soy Boy: ‘Slang used to describe males who completely and utterly lack all necessary masculine qualities. This pathetic state is usually achieved by an over-indulgence of emasculating products and/or ideologies. The origin of the term derives from the negative effects soy consumption has been proven to have on the male physique and libido. The average soy boy is a feminist, nonathletic, has never been in a fight, will probably marry the first girl that has sex with him, and likely reduces all his arguments to labeling the opposition as “Nazis”.’ – Urban Dictionary. Why am I writing about Soy Boys? Because, annoyingly, they are appearing everywhere and even those individuals that may not be Soy Boys, are mimicking their attributes for some weird reason. Soy Boys can usually be identified on the internet by one common attribute, wide open, gaping mouths accompanied by an incredulous expression.

Soy Boy - (source: diggitmagazine)

Soy Boy – (source: diggitmagazine)

I’m writing about this because while looking for YouTube videos on film making, I keep seeing these images constantly. I really don’t know who these Soy Boys are trying to attract with their ludicrous expressions, but it’s beginning to become impossible to avoid these gaping faces no matter where you turn. Whether websites or YouTube, they are appearing with increasing regularity, as if for some reason these individuals (or groups) believe that these expressions attract readers and viewers (maybe they do). Personally, I can find nothing less likely to induce me to click on a link than a Soy Boy face confronting me in the first instance, especially when it comes to YouTube videos. I don’t care how good or informative the article or video might be, I will avoid it like the plague. But what I find incredible is that this has become an almost de facto expression for some when it comes to their video thumbnails. All that comes to mind is how degrading it appears. Why debase yourself with such inane expressions in order to try and get people to click on your video? If your YouTube channel is informative, you don’t have to look like a goose to attract viewers.

Soy Boy - (source: YouTube)

Soy Boy – (source: YouTube)

Soy Boy - (source: YouTube)

Soy Boy – (source: YouTube)

Then there are the other Soy Boys. Don’t ask me why, but if there’s one prominent world figure that everyone seems to note is somewhat of a Soy Boy, it has to be the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau. He is so intent on pleasing everyone and offending no one, nor allowing anyone else to offend anyone else, that he’s kind of oblivious to some of the ridiculous antics that he gets up to, ‘The Numero Uno Sock Puppet‘. This is the face of a so-called world leader? You’d think his disastrous trip to India where he dressed in Indian native attire (cultural appropriation anyone?) and pretty much insulted every Indian would have taught him something, yet he just keeps making a fool of himself. A true Soy Boy. I’m sure that there are others, such as in Hollywood, but I can’t be bothered looking for them.

Soy Boy - (source: CBC)

Soy Boy – (source: CBC)

Soy Boy - (source: Tempo)

Soy Boy – (source: Tempo)

How did we get to this situation? There seem to be many reasons, but a common theme seems to revolve around the increasing consumption of soy based products, like soy lattes so often favoured by inner-city types. It’s a proven fact that consuming too much soy based foods will increase oestrogen (female sex hormone) levels and result in increasingly female traits in males. Too much oestrogen isn’t good for women either; excess soy consumption has been linked to the growth of cancers. But with men it not only affects physiological aspects of the male body, but I can’t help but think it also affects the brain (which is after all another organ within the body). It’s similar to how I see Veganism affecting the mental attributes of devotees. When you start consuming products that the human body is not developed to solely consume or consume in large quantities, something has to give. Or perhaps the body and brain begins to alter itself to adjust to the abnormal intake and becomes something else, most herbivores are after all herd animals.

Soy Boy - (source: Lets Get Checked)

Soy Boy – (source: Lets Get Checked)

But it’s starting to get worse. With a worldwide push to create artificial meat, once again pursued by a small minority, the unintended consequences are again being overlooked. A recent story, ‘Impossible Whopper’s plant patties taste almost like real meat — and that’s worrying cattle farmers‘, illustrates what’s happening. Unfortunately getting rid of meat as a food source has entered the agenda of many different groups and is being used as a means to further those agendas. But like many of these endeavours, as happened with maize cultivation, the unintended consequences are never considered. When it was decided that turning maize into biofuel would be the miracle answer to global warming, no one seemed to give a thought to the fact that cheap maize was a staple food for millions in the third world and that converting maize to biofuel (where profits were much higher) simply caused starvation in many parts of the world. Contrary to what Impossible Foods claims, relying totally on crops to sustain human life is a complete fallacy.

Founded eight years ago, Impossible Foods has raised around half a billion dollars in investment funds from investors such as Bill Gates and Hong Kong magnate Li Ka-Shing.

Like many companies in this space, Impossible Foods claims to be motivated by the desire to do good.

The only way we can feed the world’s growing population, says vice-president Nick Halla, is to rely on plant-based foods.

So what are the possible unintended consequences of these artificial meat products? After a bit of research, it appears that the major ingredient of these artificial meat products is soy. So not only does it look like the number of Soy Boys will increase if this becomes mainstream, but there are likely to be wider effects on people’s health and the environment. It’s well known that the growth in soy consumption has resulted in massive deforestation in the Amazon, akin to the abandonment of other crops in favour of maize to produce biofuel and the cost of staple food production. And it doesn’t really help that soy beans are also used in animal feeds, so it seems that we get soy from that as well (but hopefully no longer doing its worst once processed and digested). However, the unintended consequences of increased soy consumption are manifold and it’s not good.

Population growth and increasing consumption has led to a global increase in food demand while fertile agricultural land is becoming scarcer [1–3]. Globalisation of food commodities is taking place at a large scale, disconnecting production and consumption. High income countries ‘use’ land abroad to ‘virtually’ increase their agricultural land, also referred to as ‘virtual land use’ or ‘displaced land use’ [1,3]. As a consequence, land and water resources needed for food production are displaced, virtually transferring the environmental impacts to the producing countries [4]. International trade especially has led to large-scale land degradation and deforestation causing a severe loss of natural resources and ecosystem services [5]. The negative environmental impacts are unintended side-effects…

Now some may argue that Asians have been eating soy for millennia and they don’t exhibit these problems; however, the individual soy consumption in Asian countries is far less than many believe. Asians also process  and ferment soy beans and soy bean products in a different way, such that the ‘bad’ ingredients are removed. The issues associated with soy based products have been known for a long time, but obviously ignored. There are many reasons ‘why soy is bad for you and the planet‘:

Many people believe that soy is good for you—a superfood even. After all, Asians eat soy, and they are some of the healthiest people in the world, right? Claims that soybeans have been a major part of the Asian diet for more than 3,000 years are simply not true.

In fact, the people of China, Japan, and other countries in Asia eat relatively little soy, and they typically only eat it after it has been fermented for long periods of time, which destroys the toxins inherent in it. The soy industry’s own figures show that soy consumption in China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan ranges from 9.3 to 36 grams per day. That’s equivalent to a few, small blocks of tofu floating in a bowl of miso soup.

So next time you sit down for a coffee, think about that milk option and look around to see if you can spot any Soy Boys. Once you’ve seen one, it’s very hard to scrub from your mind. However, the final thing that always comes to mind when I read about these plant based burgers, sausages, beef steaks etc is why do these people try and sell vegetables as meat? All it tells me is that meat is actually delicious and healthy for you, and that these fakes are trying to convince you otherwise by trying to make vegetables imitate meat.