Modern Feminism and Baking

Until recently, I didn't call myself a feminist, but that was only because I didn't understand it. Feminism has had a bad reputation for years. For example, we only seem to use the adjective 'strident' to precede feminist. Feminists are still associated with lesbianism, protest marching, hairy armpits and men hating.

Fortunately, social media sites like Twitter mean that you can customise your online experience so that we are only in touch with like minded individuals. Many of the people I follow on Twitter are creative and enjoy crafting and baking, eat clean/veggie/vegan, are tattooed, are against animal cruelty, are politically aware and engaged, tweet about issues they feel strongly about and have healthy relationships with people of all genders. A lot of the women I follow also happen to be feminists. It is thanks to Twitter that I found out that I am a feminist. And if you are reading this, and you are a female, I almost guarantee that you are too.
This new wave of feminists are still politically engaged but we recognise that bashing men and hating on other women does not further the main purpose of feminism - to promote equality of the sexes.

The post was prompted by a few things.
In the latest issue of 'Glamour' magazine, a journalist interviews food writer Mary Berry and asks her a peculiar question: "Do you think that wanting to cook for your husband makes you in any way subservient?"
It almost suggests that a love of baking and a penchant for spending hours in the kitchen makes women in some way less of a feminist, or at least more traditional in our roles. *Types in a Carrie Bradshaw stylee* Is it possible to bake and be a feminist....?

Type 'the new feminist' into Google and the first result is an article about Emma Watson's recent rousing speech on gender equality. The article mentions Beyonce et al who have recently 'come out' as feminist. To say this is a coming out is saying that once the coming out has happened, things will be very different for that person and that person will be viewed differently. Emma Watson will be described as 'strident' now instead of demure. Beyonce is credited with giving women a voice since 'coming out' despite (arguably) many other pop artists demonstrating gender equality in a more recognisable way.

As an 'out' feminist should people be surprised that I love baking and "cooking for my husband"?
Of course not, but I am no longer expected to have hairy armpits. We've come so far and still have a way to go. The point is, it is all about equality and I have a right to bake for myself, my husband, my colleagues, the neighbours cat as much as my male colleague has a right to, without being judged.
That's my little rant (with no food pics!) inspired by a ladies magazine and that will teach me to buy such things!


  1. I LOVE this post! You are absolutely right, a feminist can be anyone with all kinds of interests, any sexuality, any gender - the main focus is for equality of the sexes. I think there is also a movement at the moment of people saying why they don't need feminism, presumably because they perceive it to be irrelevant in the modern western world. But it is precisely because of perceptions such as baking/domesticity being somehow subservient that feminism is still necessary and relevant! (ok that is my mini rant over now too, all I wanted to say was brilliant post hehe!)


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