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Cooking is not just for girls

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Nevada Daily Mail

There was an interesting story on CNN yesterday about an eighth grade girl who had launched a one-girl campaign to try and convince Hasbro to make a gender neutral Easy Bake Oven.

It seems that her little brother wants one for Christmas, but they are only available in "girl" appropriate packaging which is unlikely to appeal to an 8- or 9-year-old boy.

In fact after reading this column, editor Lynn Wade said that her 8-year-old son had just recently commented that he would like to have an Easy Bake Oven, but they were for girls.

The young lady said that the attitude appears to be that men work and women cook.

Unfortunately, there are still many men, and some women, who do believe in this ridiculous stereotype.

There is nothing about cooking that is inherently feminine and any boy or young man would be well served to learn how to cook and the earlier the better.

I grew up in a family where my father could cook and in my mother's family all of her brothers, who were avid hunter's and fishermen, could cook. After all, their mother did not usually go out and spend a week camping on the Marmaton River with them or in a deer camp in the Ozarks. From what I remember of their mother, my grandmother, when she was in her 70s and 80s, she was probably capable of doing that when she was younger.

I learned how to cook when I was in grade school, probably around the third or fourth grade, out of necessity.

My mother, who the doctors thought was pregnant, was confined to bed for many months in the early '60s and unable to cook. So, as the oldest child it was often my job to put a roast or something else in the oven, or to take something out of the oven that my father had put on to cook.

Remember this was during the early '60s when there were no things like cat scans or MRI's or the types of surgeries available today that could have determined the problem and fixed it months earlier, with a much shorter recovery time.

From then on my parents never worried about my being unable to fix my own meals.

And as they grew up, my younger brothers all learned to cook as well.

I remember telling a girl friend that I was going to live off campus my first year away at college, and her reaction was that I would starve to death.

No, there is no reason anything involving cooking should be for women only.

Just ask Michael Richardson, the chef at Cottey College, or Mike Turnbull, who, with help, prepared the annual fund raising meal for the Vernon County Cancer Relief.