7 Important Things Slate Misses In Its Attack On Home-Cooked Meals

Editor’s note: We’re not advocating feminism with this piece. I suppose that is obvious but just in case you are new here, to point number 4, no feminism at all is a dandy solution.

7 Important Things Slate Misses In Its Attack On Home-Cooked Meals

Amanda Marcotte, a feminist who blogs at Slate’s XX, wrote an article headlined “The Tyranny of the Home-Cooked Family Dinner.” You would think I was joking but I already told you it’s by “That’s Our Amanda!” Marcotte and it appears at Slate.

It’s I guess what you can expect from feminists — sniping that the stress for women of at-home cooking isn’t worth the benefits. And maybe family dinners are tyrannical for the Marcotte family and we should cut her some slack. I don’t know.

A line from the last paragraph gives you an indication of the tone and content:

[Cooking is] expensive and time-consuming and often done for a bunch of ingrates who would rather just be eating fast food anyway.

Earlier she quotes from a study about the perils of home cooking:

Even when people have their own homes, lack of money means their kitchens are small, pests are hard to keep at bay, and they can’t afford “basic kitchen tools like sharp knives, cutting boards, pots and pans.”

I mean, cooking is something that people around the world do — and that includes the world’s poorest women. Yes, cooking is time-consuming. Some might not even think it’s worth the time. But to take one of the world’s oldest and most widespread practices as a sign of privilege is laughable. Pests! Knives! I mean, does this privilege porn ever end?

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One thought on “7 Important Things Slate Misses In Its Attack On Home-Cooked Meals

  1. On the one hand, Amanda Marcotte’s article comes across as being so ridiculous and out of touch with reality, and on the other a cry for help on behalf of stressed out mothers. I’ve never read any of her articles, but she’s immediately lost any credibility with me suggesting that families could somehow afford to own a home, but couldn’t come up with the money to buy pots, pans, and knives. They sell inexpensive cookware at Target, the local grocery store, The Dollar Store, and The Good Will.

    But ultimately, her article is really a cry for help for working mothers, because they are the ones who still end up having to do the bulk of the cooking, cleaning, helping kids with homework, etc. But these things must still get done by the parents, unless you’ve got extra cash to burn on maids, nannies, tutors, cooks or everyday take out. But if she thinks Americans can’t afford pots and pans, how she thinks we can afford those other things is beyond me.

    Her article is just more proof that the dual earner system winds up putting too much of a burden on women, and that something’s gotta give, because we can’t do it all, and do it well. Something will fall through the cracks, and in this case, it’s good family meals.


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