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    Is cooking a gender specific role?

    Many people always come up with the argument of cooking being a gender specific role, and by gender specific I am sure everyone must have already understood what gender I am talking about.
    Many claim that every girl should learn to cook right after she is 14-15 years of age just because that is the basic requirement of a girl. I have came across several posts, stating girls who know only to cook maggi, what would you feed your husband and in laws?

    Just not degrading the fact that she should learn cooking as cooking being a basic human need, every gender should learn to cook. Even a male gender should know how to survive when he stays alone. A male cooking food for his survival is looked upon as a heroic job, he gets praised for just knowing how to survive. Even today the first question a girl is asked while getting married, is what she can cook and not what is her qualifications, because apparently qualifications doesn't cook chappati to satisfy hunger, but according to me, these qualifications can definitely help you buy chappati when hungry.

    Although times have changed, and this generation has evolved, to cooking being much more than a gender specific role. Many households have already distributed chores of cooking between husband and wife . As well as many bachelor's staying all alone can cook a whole meal than just maggi. Yet the society needs to change its thinking a lot.

    Do you feel cooking as a gender specific role or a basic human role? Comment your views on how much has this whole thinking evolved over time.
  • #736288
    Generally, women have the responsibility of cooking food in the home whereas outside of the house it is the men who cook food. You may visit any hotel and restaurant. See the kitchen you will find the majority of the kitchen staff (production department) is male.
    The author has rightly said about the elite class or sequacious of a western culture where girls proudly say that they don't know how to cook food. There is nothing wrong if a man also learns how to cook food in his home but mainly it is the responsibility of a wife to look after all household chores including cooking food (provided that she is a housewife).

  • #736309
    Traditionally in our culture and to that matter in many societies worldwide the role of household management was entrusted to the women and to a great extent that is still going on. So, these jobs including cooking were being carried out by the housewives and they took pride in it because many times the selection of a bride was depending on those proficiencies. With time things changed to a good extent as women also started to work outside the four walls and were not getting time to take dual responsibility. So, the result was either hire a servant for those works or share the responsibilities. Many men agreed for this but there are still many who like to sit cozily and demand their work to be done by the house ladies. Right now we are going through a transition and the signs are telling that soon it is going to lose its gender specific stamp,
    Knowledge is power.

  • #736338
    Never. There are very famous cooks in males also. We know the two mythological characters, Nala and Bhima. Both of them are very good cooks. If anybody cools well, his talent will be compared to the talent of Nala and Bhima.
    When there are functions and big gatherings, food for many people is to be prepared. Generally, only male cooks will be doing these preparations. In many 5 star hotels, we see many male chefs. So Males also can cook and they can also make delicious preparations. So cooking is not gender-specific work. Either a male or a female can cook.
    These days when both wife and husband are employees, either of them will cook, based on the time and leisure available to them.
    During their lockdowns because of Pandemic, many employees who are working from home started learning cooking and they cook for the whole family during their weekly off days.

    always confident

  • #736356
    Anybody can do anything. Some works are entrusted to ladies as such works need perseverance and dedication. Many male cooks are there, as we can see in marriage halls or hotels etc., Even in puranas we heard about Nala, Bheema as great cooks. Because of them a good and great feast is called 'Nala Bhaagam or Bheema Bhaagam'. But the cooking is superior than one made by a male. Famous Tamil Spiritual speaker, Kirupanantha Variar used to tell in his discourses that a women if goes to market, she buys the vegetables and items liked by her family members (by ignoring herself) but if a man goes to market he buys only whatever he likes by ignoring other house members.

  • #736360
    Now the times have changed and any particular work of art cannot be fixed on the basis of gender. Since it is a common traditional practice that only women do the work of cooking, so more are expected of them but it has nothing to do with good bhajans. Many times it is found that men cook more delicious food than women. My father sometimes fry vegetables or lentils with passion and it is more delicious, and when we praise him, then other women would say that he understands when he has to make it every day. This is also an issue which is very important, when we do some work, many times we feel bored and the level of dedication also decreases a bit. Whoever cooks food, it should be made with a good and happy mind. Today's parents teach their children the same work, whether it is a boy or a girl, because whenever there is a chance, at least everyone should come to prepare food for themselves, and the Corona pandemic has taught us this thing better.

  • #736367
    As long as wife and husband as the give and take cooperation, there is nothing wrong to help the women at kitchen and learn some good cooking habits. What I feel that at least on Sundays, the house hold must be given rest and the husband should go for cooking and she would feel happy. At least once in a week there should be change of taste and that can be initiated by the husband. By the way the kitchen work should not be a tyresome and boredom to the wife instead daily the husband can help her at least 30 to 40 percent so that the feel of hard work is not felt and the husband also know the difficulties of kitchen chores.
    K Mohan @ Moga
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #736377
    With the progress of time, the old conventions are changing and so is the case with the food preparation. Once it was considered that it is the job of ladies to take charge of kitchens including the preparation of tangy recipes. Now there is the change in such a trend because of the fact that ladies are actively engaged in some preoccupations for boosting the income level of the families finding hard to spare time for the preparation of dishes for self and their families. The job is either to be shifted to husband folks or explore the ways so that the same can be managed with the deployment of cooks. Not necessarily, the cooks would be regular in attending the jobs in the regular ways and hence there is always room for learning the culinary process so that crisis can be managed. Sometimes the husband communities have outperformed in the cooking because of their passion in cooking.

  • #736386
    Cookery is an art. This art is in the position with or above all other arts. While other fine arts delight the human mind, cooking is the art of preparing food and beverages, necessary for human life itself. Therefore, like other arts, it is not reserved for people of a particular gender. What is disturbing is that when we hear the word 'cooking', only the kitchen of our house and the wife, sister, and daughter who work in it come to our attention and memory. In big hotels, and for celebrations in which a large number of people attending, Oottupura (Kitchen) is managed only by men
    3000-4000 students are participating in the Kerala Schools Youth Festival, the largest youth art competition in Asia. In addition, there are thousands of teachers and officials also participating in that mega event. Male cooks are cooking and serving food for a week. There are sometimes less than ten women in a 50-60 member cooking team. Females are working in the dish washing area. It has been the case for over 25 years.
    Similarly, more than 80 percent of the chefs in star hotels are men. So the art of cooking should not be considered to have fallen into any gender.

    "Cheruthulli Peruvellam"
    small drops make a mighty ocean

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