Good morning everyone! I’ve had a fairly uneventful morning so far. I did all cardio at the gym then ate the same exact breakfast as yesterday, so nothing exciting to report. With that said, I think I’ll jump right into my topic for today.
Gender and Food- What Gives?
The other day, Riley was channel surfing and came across a show on the Travel Channel called Manliest Restaurants. A crew goes around the country and showcases “manly” restaurants which, as I’m sure you can guess, is all about meat. Watching them show shot after shot of obscene amounts of meat and fried foods, I started to wonder: when did we assign foods as “man” foods and “woman” foods?
I know this isn’t a new topic (at least not according to my brief Google search), but it’s the first time I’ve really thought about how our society labels certain foods and what the implications are.
For years, we’ve watched commercials, magazines, TV shows, and basically every form of media tell us the following about how men and women eat. It looks a little something like this:
Look familiar? It should, because you probably see this stuff every day. I guess the big question on my mind is this: are these differences inherent to men and women or do we just follow along with what we “should” like? If you’re just now realizing that women eat 200x more yogurt than men do, watch this hilarious video about how the yogurt industry targets women.
I have an endless list of healthy foods I eat that Riley won’t: spaghetti squash, flax seed, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, almond milk. The list goes on and on. My big worry is that a lot of men turn down those foods because they see them as “chick food” just because they’re good for you.
Side note- I know we’ve all see the Bud Light quinoa commercial, but if you haven’t, you have to check it out. It’s funny, but it totally plays into what I’m talking about.
On one hand, I love to see women making an effort to choose healthier foods. On the other hand, though, I hate the perception that women are always dieting (or should be dieting). I refuse to let the media make me feel like I should never eat steak or that my chocolate should be eaten in secret, when no one’s watching.
I guess my final thought is that food should be just that: Food! Not girl food vs. guy food. If men felt like chia seed smoothies were a manly option, would they drink more of them? Would women choose more steak if they didn’t feel “guilty” about it? Maybe, maybe not, but we should all at least feel like the choice is ours to make. I’m gonna go have myself a yogurt now.
Do you see this pattern with your spouse/significant other/friends?
Why don’t men eat quiche?