Chatter: Abusive potatoes, Dr Pepper’s ‘gender contamination’ problem, supermarket ‘whores’ and the ‘good enough’ life

I’m doing a little housecleaning around the Feminist Kitchen, including digging up all the random links I have gathered in recent months but never posted.

One of the many #diamondintheink finds this year: An essay from Austinite Nina Butts about what it means to be a Baby Boomer flower child who now rebels by taking care of aging parents with grace.

Slate explains how sexists ads like the new (manly) Diet Dr Pepper campaign are a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to correct what marketers call “gender contamination.”

In that same vein, an open letter to food marketers on McSweeney’s.

Frequent Feminist Kitchen guest blogger Kim Voss and her husband, Lance, recently published this paper in Gastronomica about how, in 1971, a group women who had been called “whores of the supermarket industry” decided they weren’t going to take it anymore and started what is now the Association of Food Journalists.

Makes The Daughter-In-Law Cry

Way back in 2011, National Geographic published a story about preserving biodiversity in our food. The story featured a photo of potatoes (seen here in this gallery), showing that while we preserve the food ark, we also preserve the cultural stigmas in it.

From the newspaper that gave us the comical story about the *real* reason women to go mommy blogger conferences, an article from a very smart writer about embracing the “good enough” life. (I’m still not sure how I feel about this.)

Remembering Rose LancasterTwo pioneering Austin women died within just a few weeks of each other this summer. The first was Janie Martinez, who founded the famous Matt’s El Rancho with her husband, Matt Martinez, in 1962. Together, they opened a landmark restaurant that continues to thrive under family ownership.

The second was Rose Lancaster, who helped push for the founding of the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless and was the first executive director of Extend-A-Care. I didn’t know much about Rose before her obituary came out, but I was most struck by this: During her 15 years with the after-school program, she doubled the number of schools that offered a service that was key to allowing women across Austin to work longer hours and build their careers.

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