It’s hard to believe that there are actually women out there that aren’t feminists. It’s hard to believe that some people aren’t feminists.
Last night I overheard something that one of my roommates said while watching Chopped that made me completely cringe. I don’t think she meant it in an anti-feminist way but you be the judge.
“Cooking is just such a commonly female profession, like, women usually are the ones that cook in the home. But there are so many more men doing it.”
Cue the shivers, shakes, and all the bad feels. There are two things wrong with this sentence in my opinion.
First and foremost, the idea that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. It is not. I know she was probably saying that a woman’s place in the past (like the sixties) has been in the kitchen, but very outdated ideology is somehow still there.
Second is the idea that men are somehow not allowed to be taking part in cooking. This is pretty much the basis of equality and freedom. Everyone can do any job they want and look any way they want and act any way they want. Acceptance for all, obvi.
Maybe Chopped brings more male chefs on to the show, who knows. But the point is: why are we pointing this out? If men want to cook, let them cook. If men want to play with Barbie dolls, let them play with Barbie dolls. It’s the same as a woman wanting to be an engineer: let them do it without calling it a “men’s career.” If we keep saying things like that, we’re reinforcing the ideology that some careers (or outfits, or toys, or haircuts) are inherently linked to a specific gender.
Pointing out the past is one thing, inferring it’s a shame that things have progressed is another – and it’s not okay. (Insert clenched fist emoji here)
Sorry to get all real and ish. I just had to get it out there.