Tidbits of gender and food in American pop culture to ponder this gray November Saturday, just days before Thanksgiving:
Three burly men with beards — Bud Royer of Royer’s Round Top Cafe just outside Austin and the two hosts of “Hairy Bikers” — baking pies together in a clip from the History Channel reality show:
For a short time on Friday afternoon, “Women Who Don’t Cook” (originally tweeted, it appears, from this ridiculous account) was trending on Twitter, with disappointing fervor:
Thanksgiving is on everyone’s minds, including the very witty writers of “New Girl,” who are putting together what has turned out to be a very funny series. Star (heroine?) Zooey Deschanel gives us an even quirkier version of her real life self, which is reason enough to tune in, but it’s even more interesting to watch them build and break gender norms as the first season progresses.
The most recent episode is a classic wacky Thanksgiving comedy, with smoking turkeys, frantic cooks (this time, the high-strung roommate who won’t let go of his kitchen ego) and single women (at least one of whom can’t cook) opening and assertively expressing their sexual desires.
Do yourself a favor this weekend, and watch the episode on Hulu. I’d love to know what you think.