I’ve marched for women’s rights for 30 years. I’m old! Ha ha. So I’ve earned a certain right to grouse.
Sociologists from North Carolina State have released findings on a study of the stress related to cooking healthy homecooked meals night after night. Their findings are disappointing. The stress on women just isn’t worth it.
On women? Still?
Yes. According to TodayParents, they “interviewed 150 black, white, and Latina mothers, with family incomes ranging from poor to middle-class, and spent more than 250 hours with 12 families during meals, grocery runs and children’s medical checks. Most mothers, regardless of income, were feeling the angst.”
Pressures on home cooking are increasing!
Medical folks, tv foodies, even the US government (think food pyramid and anti-obesity campaigns) are putting increasing importance/pressure on home cooked meals.
The study recorded inadequately stocked kitchens in many lower income families (one family lives in emergency shelter in a hotel room), and picky children and husbands all across incomes.
Families do share duties sometimes; the report mentions a married mother of 3: “Although her husband sometimes helps with cooking, the task is largely in her court.” In 30 years of feminism and cultural studies, I hardly expected such stasis!
As Salon reports, “the main reason that people see cooking mostly as a burden is because it is a burden. It’s expensive and time-consuming and often done for a bunch of ingrates who would rather just be eating fast food anyway.”…
I admit to feeling this way myself sometimes. And my Running Mate does a LOT of our cooking. But a national trend? An epidemic? That’s not right.
Let’s start with picky children, shall we? Sign up for my free weekly-ish Ezine at Funnermother.com and watch for details about my upcoming free talk on finicky kids. I have two, and have some great tips.