Male Feminist: Men Who Enjoy BBQs Are Oppressing Women
BBQs reinforce gender roles and “the stain of unintentional masculine cliché”
Slate writer and male feminist Jacob Brogan thinks that men should feel guilty for enjoying the inherently misogynistic past time of grilling food on a BBQ.
Again I have to remind you – this is not an article out of the Onion, this is not a parody. This is yet another illustration of the ‘everything is sexist/racist’ mental illness that has infected public discourse thanks to social justice warriors.
In an article subtitled, “I’m a feminist. I’m a dude. And I hate that I love to grill,” Brogan writes how he’s, “Uncomfortable with the pleasure I take in something so conventionally masculine. “At such moments, I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era.”
Brogan worries that he is, “shoving others out of the way because it makes me feel like a man,” and that BBQs reinforce, “the stain of unintentional masculine cliché,” while TV commercials that depict only men behind the grill allow guys to, “confirm their masculinity by excluding women.”
As far as I can tell, this is not an elaborate joke. Brogan actually thinks that men grilling food is inherently misogynistic.
He continues, arguing that “the masculine connotations of grilling are culturally specific, and hence culturally constructed” and that this, along with “aggressive bro culture” and “lack of child care support,” has led to fewer head chef roles for women in professional kitchens.
“The association of grilling and masculinity partakes of a similar logic,” writes Brogan. “Unlike most other traditionally “feminine” forms of domestic cooking, grilling typically happens outside, and hence in the public sphere. The putatively masculine quality of grilling may derive in part from the old public-private gender split. In that sense, it shares a common cause with the belief that women belong in the home.”
In the brave new world imagined by the social justice warrior, traditional gender roles of any kind whatsoever, even if they are completely harmless as in this case, are an evil patriarchal conspiracy and something that men must feel guilty and embarrassed about.
Earlier this week, we highlighted the inane blatherings of another male feminist – Michael Sonmore – who wrote about how he allows his wife, with whom he has children aged 3 and 6, to sleep with as many men as she likes, because insisting upon monogamy is “patriarchal oppression”.
Oh and if you weren’t aware of it – ordering steak “well done” is also racist. Now you have no excuses.