This article from the UK Daily Mail by Rose Prince claims, basically, that the reason that there is a growing obesity problem is that feminism took women out of the kitchen and replaced their loving and healthy prepared meals with unhealthy fast food.
When the feminist voices of the Sixties made home cooking into a symbol of drudgery, they no doubt had the best intentions. Equality in the workplace was a noble cause and a degree of sexual revolution was necessary.Domestic cooking was chucked aside as an irrelevance, an icon of unfairness to women — which allowed a very eager food industry to leap forward with the convenience-food solution.Yes, it’s feminism we have to thank for the spread of fast-food chains and an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Okay, so this article is obviously ... crazy. There's a great response at the Guardian UK that deconstructs Prince's article pretty well, which I am thankful for, as reading Prince's article nearly caused me a heart attack. Prince is among a traditionalist camp of women who believe that women are naturally more nurturing, thus must be the primary providers of domestic care for their families. Quite frankly, I don't know a lot about the psychology of nurturing in men vs. women, but I do know that it is incredibly sexist to assume that men can't be nurturing, caring, good cooks, and involved in domestic work. Many times, the finger is pointed at feminists for "destroying" this or that, when really what we should be looking at is how sexism is harming our ability to progress as humans.
So what's Rose Prince's problem? Well, first of all, she doesn't have any evidence to back up her claims. Food is a lot unhealthier than it was 30 or 40 or 50 years ago. The world is also just a lot more expensive. Most families cannot afford to have one spouse stay home and do domestic work full-time. And even when both spouses work full time, women often end up doing more domestic work.
This graph shows how even among men and women in "elevated" professional positions, there is hardly equality among domestic work.
It’s important to remember that women can embrace cookery without betraying their cause. Being a feminist does not mean dropping femininity.