I came across this on Facebook thanks to my friend Jaym Gates (she always manages to find a wealth of interesting and disturbing material). I don’t know who created this wonderful poster, so I can’t credit an artist but at the same time I’m careful about calling this art.
Whenever I’m presented with a diagram, I see a marketing tool rather than an art piece. Intent differs. Art expresses a personal conviction, emotion and belief. Marketing straddles you and your thought process to achieve a desired reaction and provoke you into a desired action.
And shaping your mind this does. Reading about the best meats and how to prepare you tells us how easily desensitized with cannibalism society is. Because this is both a joke as well as a practical guide, if you know… you ever find yourself in that position.
Cannibalism seems outdated, belonging to a past (even though we’ve Hannibal and too recent real cannibals to remind us otherwise) that is savage and long-forgotten as a practice.
Cannibalism is so exotic, far-removed from our own reality, it’s an abstract concept. One we can’t help but feel fascinated by.
Whenever I write witches, I can’t help but include cannibalism. I have grown up on stories by Baba Yaga, who eats naughty children, and the witch inside the wood who tried to eat Hensel and Gretel.
There’s power into consuming the flesh of another.
And I feel as though joking about cannibalism allows us to play with that power, at least on a subconscious level.