Food blogs are predominately written by women. (Eighty percent is the figure I hear most frequently.)
The food blog community is so full of passionate, ambitious women that the BlogHer network, one of the largest blogger networks in the world, has created a separate blogging conference for food. Hundreds of the world’s best food bloggers of both genders have descended on San Francisco this weekend for the second BlogHer Food conference.
With the new baby and all, I didn’t get to attend this year’s session, but reading the tweets from my IRL and virtual friends who are there got me thinking about all the feminist themes encompassed in the world of food blogging itself.
So, I’m posing an open question to Feminist Kitchen readers who were there and to those on the outskirts like me: What examples come to mind when you think of feminism and the online food community?
Entrepreneurship is the first thing I thought of: Many food bloggers have penned cookbooks or otherwise turned their passion for cooking into marketable brands, and some have even gone on to create offline projects like, in the case of Orangette’s Molly Wizenberg, a pizza restaurant. Lots of food bloggers break stereotypes (and plenty of them uphold the tried-and-true image of a 1950s housewife), and just the fact that a good number of attendees and speakers are men says something about the changing demographics in the kitchen. Women, including the anonymous blogger behind Fed Up With School Lunch who somehow attended the conference but is managing to keep her identity secret, are leading the way in food activism.
Now, I want to hear from you. What feminist issues have you seen arise in the food blogging community or the online food world? (At least one friend online mentioned the “cliquey” vibe of BlogHer Food, so I welcome both the good and the bad, but please keep in mind the safe space outlined in The Manifesto.)