Chatter: ‘Farmer Jane,’ slow feminism, props to Betty Crocker and sterile hamsters

On the farm:Farmer Jane,” a new book by Temra Costa, explores why there are so many women in the sustainable food movement. From farmers to policy makers, authors to food artisans, women represent a large percent of the movers and shakers of this budding revolution, and Costa attempts to explain why by profiling 26 of them. (None from the great agricultural state of Texas, I’m sad to report, but that doesn’t mean women aren’t big players here. Marla Camp, Carol Ann Sayle, Suzanne Santos, Stephanie Scherzer, Chrissy Omo, Judith McGeary, Betsy Ross, Pati Jacobs are just a few of the Central Texas food advocates that come to mind.)

Fertility and GMOs: A Russian study recently found that hamsters, after just three generations of eating genetically modified foods, are rendered sterile.

‘Women, Food and God’: Oprah loves it. People who’ve struggled with eating disorders love it. My friend and coworker, who is both a man and a fashion writer, loves it. Have any of you read it? What do you think?

In defense of Betty Crocker: On the Huffington Post, Cristen Conger writes that although she agrees that “a simpler cake does not women’s progress make,” give Betty Crocker, the fictitious woman behind cake mixes who in 1945 was declared the most popular woman in American (just ahead of Eleanor Roosevelt), come credit. She not only provided a “saving grace to millions of housewives who couldn’t choose to just toss up their hands and order takeout, but also (cut) cooking time and (helped) free women to eventually have their cake and eat it too.”

Slow feminism: In another good article on the Huffington Post, Koa Beck says that feminists have much to gain from the “slow” movements. “Pressing women to shine in each and every facet of their lives is quickly being recognized as an anti-woman sentiment, as well as completely unrealistic. Men have always been expected to be career-driven at any expense, while women, now occupying half of the work force, must also be super mothers, super models, and social butterflies.” Just because we have more choices doesn’t mean we have to choose them all.

Grow up: Tia Keenan has a memo for Anthony Bourdain and Alan Richman: Come up with slang not related to vaginas for your petty name-calling.

But do they get free cereal? General Mills makes Working Mother’s list of the top 5 places for multicultural women to work.

Maybe her name was Gretel: The British magazine Healthy admitted to fattening up a model whose “bones stuck out too much” by airbrushing her image before publication.

Pac-Man, before the Ms.: To celebrate the the 30th birthday of Pac-Man, Wired talked to the creator, who, amid a world of “dark” alien-shooting video games, says he created wanted to create something fashionable for women. “When you think about things women like, you think about fashion, or fortune-telling, or food or dating boyfriends. So I decided to theme the game around “eating” — after eating dinner, women like to have dessert.”

Country chic: When Chanel launched its rural-inspired spring and summer line a few months ago, they hauled in dirt, hay and wood beams to recreate that oh-so-fashionable farm look on the catwalk. What, no overalls?

One response to “Chatter: ‘Farmer Jane,’ slow feminism, props to Betty Crocker and sterile hamsters

  1. Hi Addie,
    This is a fantastic post – so full of information that’s useful for my research! I particularly like the idea of Farmer Jane and the article on the slow movements being good for feminism. There are rather a lot of women involved in sustainable/alternative food movements.


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