His mother was a school teacher until she married. The family remained in New Orleans until when they moved to Chicago, where his father took a job as a Pullman car porter.
My family only really does one big holiday now that I am grown and out of the house, and that is Thanksgiving. This last year we only had about twenty people come, and it was actually quite nice not having to cook for as many people as normal.
We divide up tasks based on a few different things. My mom is a vegetarian, so she will not cook any meat, so dad makes the turkey and beef ribs he also makes his own BBQ sauce which is so good it is practically sinful.
I love to cook, and so does most of my family, so we all cram into the kitchen to get everything ready. I love this part because we are bumping in to each other and talking over one another, and it is just a lot of fun.
Once we have eaten as much as we possibly can, we take a break, go for a mom- mandated walk, and only then can we eat dessert. Both my mom and dad cut and serve the desserts, bringing plates out into the living room for everyone.
Mom then goes and starts on the dishes. Pretty soon people start leaving, and the day comes to a close. When I talked with my mom about this assignment she was very willing to discuss the roles we assume and how they are often gendered. When I asked her what the gender roles were in our family tradition she responded: They are fairly collegial, men tend to do more of the cooking and women tend to do more the cleaning.
But there are no clear-cut, defined roles. Mostly the meat eaters cook. I think it is that the carnivores do more of the cooking because it is more of a meat based holiday. Females tend to worry more about the organizing and presentation and the males tend to care more about getting their food on.
And yet, on this big holiday, my mom takes it upon herself to make sure the kitchen is clean. I found an interesting article written about this, it talks about the decline of gender differences in tasks such as food preparation and shopping, yet when it comes to major holidays, often, the roles revert.
Come Thanksgiving — with more dishes, more guests and the attendant pressures to re-create the perfect meal of holidays past — the burdens mount. And the men disappear.
According to one report on holiday stress for the American Psychological Association, women were nearly twice as likely to report cooking on Thanksgiving 66 percent of women versus 35 percent of menand also more likely to shop for food 52 percent versus 32 percent and wash dishes 70 percent versus 41 percent.
Unsurprisingly, women also experience more holiday stress in the mad rush to get everything done. The women mostly do everything that is in the kitchen, including both the cooking and the cleaning. Often that is passed down for many generations, the women learn to cook from their mothers and them from theirs.
The kitchen has traditionally been the domain of the woman, and is only recently becoming more of a joint area. And thank goodness, because my husband makes a mean arroz con pollo!
I also spoke with dad about his views on the traditional roles, and he has a theory. Way, way back, men went out and killed things while the women took care of the home and the sick babies.
Southern males are closer to the Neolithic age and less evolved than westerners. Probably because the southern culture is more stable, and the western cultures has lots of immigrants and mixing of cultures and is less locked in to their roles.
And it is easier to stay the same than trying to negotiate new roles. I thought it was a good example of a gendered domestic task, and it shows how unconscious this tradition is for most people.
I think we just take each day as it comes, and try to put thought in to our actions. It is easy to stay where you are and not change, that requires no thought or consideration.
But even if we strive to be more aware in our every day lives, I think that that would be a tremendous improvement. Oh, and in case you have never heard it, or maybe you are bored with some free time, here is Sheryl Crowe.
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