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Gender roles being redefined

Wow, he cooked? Women are always so surprised to hear when men cook, or at least this has been my experience. Then the tone of voice changes from astonishment to accomplishment, as if he had to fight off tigers or chase away zombies to put together the meal.
Wow, he cooked!

This leads to joking, and how they wished the man in their life would spend some time in the kitchen. But, it’s safe to say she is not joking.

Although I am sure there are women as well as men who have a strong passion for the culinary arts and truly enjoy preparing meals, it really is a big task. This task starts at the grocery store — spending an hour or so wandering up and down aisles to find food, then waiting in the inevitably long lines and then carrying all those bags inside the house. Now, she has to spend at least an hour putting it altogether, repeat this by three times a day (with all meals considered). Those dishes sure aren’t going to clean themselves either.

Imagine all of this after a day at work, I’m stressed just thinking about it. If this is what marriage and kids are like, forget it.
However, this is where teamwork comes into play, the man helping out in the kitchen a couple nights a week. Think of it this way, it is 2010.

Although it sounds futuristic, we are stuck in a lot of old habits. We should be breaking gender specific roles, not adhering by these outdated ones. For example, I know wives who mow their yards, and I’ve seen husbands fold laundry. And guess what — they are both still breathing.

Change up the chore list, and see what it’s like to be your spouse or your partner for a day. It takes two to run a household, and showing a range in flexibility is a good example for the kids and even teenagers to see.

Be like Bud White, the kind-hearted gentleman I had the pleasure of meeting this week. Bud runs the Wednesday Night Live at First United Methodist Church, where he and his all-male crew cook entire spreads for up to 300 people. Bud’s original concept was very specific though; for working women and their families, so she wouldn’t have to come home from a hard day at work and cook a meal too. Now that is what I’m talking about.

I also had the pleasure of experiencing Wednesday Night Live for the first time this week, and it was like Thanksgiving but with 200 people. Everyone was digging into the pans and dodging one another’s elbows, laughing and talking all the while eyeballing that last piece of bacon. I could see that Bud’s brainchild had fully developed; there were women in nurse’s scrubs, women with a babies on their hips, and women dressed in their office attire.

So how about it, men? Go in the kitchen and fix dinner tonight, surprise her, surprise her friends when she tells them the next day, and surprise me.

Corrie DiManno is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News and covers community news. She can be reached at corrie@ennisdailynews.com.

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