Thursday, June 10, 2010

Harpies take on Pollan's bullshit

God I love this blog. The Pursuit of Harpyness is full of super thoughtful, intelligent, funny women with enviably sharp critical thinking skills, and now they're the latest "ladyblog" to call out Michael Pollan for his nonsense and point out the overall weirdness that is the new food movement's attitude about women. All I can really say about that right now (supposed to be awake for work in 5.5 hours, aaaah) is WORD.


  1. I've been thinking about this and I've come to the conclusion that yes, when women left home to work family meals stopped.

    But that's not the issue. The issue is that they stopped *because* husbands didn't pick up any of the slack (and because as wives, women didn't expect it of their husbands). Had women "left home" to work, and family meals became a FAMILY activity, we wouldn't have this problem.

    So, women working definitely did have an impact, but it's not the FAULT of women that meals "stopped", it's the fault of society not shifting responsibility around more evenly.

    Am I missing the point?

  2. Nope. You're right on about family meals not being treated like a family responsibility. The other thing is, it wasn't only that husbands weren't expected to pick up the slack, but also that poorer women were expected to do the housework for wealthier husbands and wives alike. And some women have always had lives, jobs, and other experiences that complicate the idyllic and false portrait that Michael Pollan paints of mothers happily feeding their children wholesome meals until they were tricked (poor dears, not minds of their own...) into buying processed "food products" from corporations and then causing the U.S. to implode.