Men Who Cook
Women Love a Man Who Can Cook....
So they say. And I know I certainly do.
My husband does 90% (or more) of the cooking for our household these days, which is great because I'm honestly a terrible cook myself. Some of our friends and family think that's strange - even though this is 2015 and gender roles really shouldn't be an issue and even though they know I'm a horrible cook. Apparently, society dictates that I should do something I'm awful at and don't enjoy very much just because I'm female and he should eat my awful food and smile just because he's a guy. That sounds crazy beans to me.
image credit; photo I snapped for my husband's food blog (that's our Thanksgiving buffet lined up behind him, he cooked everything!)
The truth is women love a man who can cook ~ and there are plenty of men who love to cook and are passionate about their food.
Society Has This View that Women Cook and Men Solve Problems, Make Monday, and Fix Things...
(or some crap like that)
Why do we have that view of the American family being a women in the kitchen and a man fixing the dishwasher or "bringing home the bacon" to pay the bills...? Sitcoms still frequently portray family life as the standard stereotypical "Cleavers" ... but even in the 1950's that was far from being a true picture of the American family. Whose idea was it that this situation was the ideal?
Back then women did far more than they were given credit for. And in today's modern world women do even more, usually while working a full-time job as well. Today's modern American family often needs two incomes and women "bring home the bacon" just as much as men in today's society.
So why do we still have this crazy skewed view that women should do all the cooking, or that cooking in a feminine thing to be doing?
I do remember growing up being told that cooking was for girls and climbing trees was for boys... though I think my family just wanted me to stop climbing trees. Sometimes it was cooking was for girls and baseball is for boys... or insert other typical "tom-boy activity" at the end of that sentence. Obviously I didn't listen to those ideals, because I much preferred playing in the mud to cooking anything in the kitchen.
Sometimes We Don't Even Realize We Think These Weird Things....
Somehow these weird ideas and social expectations get sent into the depths of our mind subliminally, whether by cheesy television sitcoms or silly sayings our grandparents had, and we don't even realize that we're thinking them until someone says it out loud.
So here I am... saying it out loud. Cooking is not just for girls. Cooking is for people who enjoy cooking.
Or Some Variation There Of....
Growing up did you learn at some point "cooking is for girls" and "baseball is for boys"?
Funny Aprons for Men Who Cook
Let's Talk Numbers....
Statistically Speaking the Head Chef at a Restaurant is a Man
Even in the face of this weird society impression that "cooking is for girls," most of the Head Chef positions across America are held by men.
While women dominate the pastry chef field, most culinary careers have men outnumbering women by a ratio of 10 to 1. Most professional kitchens will have men behind the stove and working on the line.
Even in the age of Food Network there are still people who think women should cook...
Food Network has a pretty decent combination of amazing men and women in the kitchen ~ kudos to them for that. Love watching Food Network with my family. If you watching any of their cooking competitions you'll often hear them discuss the strange unbalance of men and women in the culinary profession.