“You’re a women, I bet you’re a good cook.”
Wow, that is a bold generalization!
I am proud to be a woman but I sure am tired of stereotypes. I don’t mean to burst your bubble, but not all women cook. I know, I am as shocked as you are. I was actually in denial for a solid 15 years. I finally realized and then ultimately admitted to myself that cooking is not one of my talents. Fine. I am a ok with that. But I was quite surprised at how many people are not. Apparently I missed the sign up sheet and course materials.
I fought the reality for such a long time. I mean shoot, my father was a chef for most of his life and my sister can cook as easily as I can order Starbucks through the drive-through. I mean, isn’t this skill hereditary? Research has proven otherwise. (By research, I mean my personal experience.) Still, to this day, women are assumed to be good in the kitchen. All women. I mean look at the toys marketed for girls compared to those for boys. Girls get a “cute” little pink kitchen set and boys get monster trucks. I wonder if I had a kitchen set…I will have to follow up with my parents on that later.
My point is, I think it’s crucial that we stop spending so much time and energy on the areas society has told us we should like and really jump into our true passions. Hey, kudos to those who can whip up dishes complete with all the yummy noises from their guests. Please, invite me over, I’ll have seconds. I will leave the cooking to you. My focus is going to be on other areas. And I should not made to feel less because I don’t spend time in the kitchen. Why would I want to? Prepping, measuring, stirring, timing, and then serving the darn dish that is then consumed in less time than it took to make it! And afterward are the caked dishes that you have to soak and rinse and then put in the dishwasher and then dry off after so there are no water spots. You have got to be kidding me.
So no. I do not cook. Yes. I am ok with that. No, it is not every woman’s right to learn how to cook. Yes it is completely acceptable to have a microwaved meal. If you need me, I will be spending my time elsewhere. First place to look, outside.