Chatter: What we look like when we eat alone, Brownie Husband, beefy burlesque

A picture of eating alone: Hard to tell that these paintings aren’t photographs, right? Lee Price has created a series of hyper-realistic paintings depicting women eating alone in various places in a house. Ice cream and cereal in the bath, a health breakfast at the table, donuts on the couch, junk food in both the bathroom and the bed, pie in bed, watermelon on a dock. These are magnificent works of art, not just for their realism but for their obvious and implied messages.

With or without nuts: This Saturday Night Live skit with Tina Fey is at least a few months old, but it’s worth sharing here. “Brownie Husband can satisfy all of your cravings…The perfect blend of rich fudge and emotional intimacy.” Out of curiosity, what do you think the reaction would be if the roles were switched, ie Will Ferrell eating the face off a brownie wife? I’m not sure it would be any different, but it’s worth considering. Either way, the skit says a lot about food, sex and cravings.

Beefy burlesque: Feminist Kitchen readers, meet Honeysuckle Hype, “just your average food-obsessed 1950s Lesbian housewife” who is never full and who travels around the country performing food-filled burlesque shows. Honeysuckle incorporates meat (beef jerky is a favorite) into her shows, tells stories of working at a slaughterhouse in Texas and even incorporates the audience into her performance, at least in one instance by asking one of them to grate an onion between her legs. Wowza! I hear she makes stops in Austin, and I’ll be sure to pass along the info if she does.

Cooking school: A good essay over on Gooseberry Bush by a woman who got a lesson in feminism when the cooking duties were dumped on her after her mom went back to school. “My dad practically bragged about his helplessness in the kitchen….I remember thinking when I was thirteen and cooking for my father and my brother, that if this was what marriage was all about that maybe I didn’t want to be married so badly. It seemed like a pretty raw deal for the woman. I thought, ‘What do I get out of this? Indentured servitude? No, thanks.’ ”

‘Women Take Back Food’: Woman and food are the cover article for Ms. magazine this summer, but Reproductive Rites is less than pleased “because I still haven’t seen a thorough thinking through of the problems that the food movement raises for all the women in the farms, gardens, kitchens, and dining rooms…Surely, you can pull off more than four pages for your big cover article. This matters.” A Statesman reader mailed me a hard copy of the article, but it certainly didn’t wow me, either. Have any of you read it? Do you think it does the subject justice?

4 responses to “Chatter: What we look like when we eat alone, Brownie Husband, beefy burlesque

  1. Amazing paintings. How I wish I could be that woman in the bathtub!

    As for “Cooking School” I’ll never understand why women think it’s OK to do all the cooking. I see it in both my mom and my mother in law. They are practically slaves to their husbands in the kitchen and to make matters worse they are the main providers of household income. It taught me to marry a man who works AND cooks and I’m so glad I did.

  2. This is a topic I’ve been ruminating on a lot lately- the things we eat when we are alone. Check out the book Alone In The Kitchen With An Eggplant, if you haven’t already. It’s a collection of essays on things people eat when by themselves.

    These images bring a whole new aspect into the rumination- not just sexualization of food, but the shame of food particularly when enjoyed by a woman. I find the image of the girl locked in the bathroom with junk food powerful.

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