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Femivore Definition

Word du Jour: Femivore

A woman who considers herself feminist, but also devotes a serious amount of time to the old-time woman's work of feeding her family the cleanest, freshest food — even if she has to grow it herself — is a femivore.

Yesterday New York Times Magazine presented the femivore's dilemma: it's hard to be a feminist while you're gathering eggs from the backyard chicken coop and practicing great-great grandma's canning technique. It sounds like a throwback to the preindustrial age, but femivores argue the same ideals that sent women to the workforce — self-sufficiency, autonomy, and personal fulfillment — sent them to the garden. That may be true, but how much help they're getting from spouses still surely makes all the difference.

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Pistil Pistil 7 years
I'd think that 'doing-it-yourself' is the ultimate display of feminism.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
Being a feminist - at least to me - is neither mutually inclusive nor mutually exclusive to being dedicated to fresh food, localism, etc. etc. ... Unless I missed the part about these women giving up the vote to go pick apples?
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This. Is. Ridiculous.
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 7 years
Wow. I was just ruminating about this very topic this past weekend. I hate to use the phrase "I choose my choice" but as far as cooking goes - I'm kind of an old-school, real-food food snob. Not so much that I can't make rice-a-roni in an ABSOLUTE emergency. But still. There is a visible (though not often discussed) difference between the woman who is forced to cook for her family due to lack of assistance by her partner and the woman who maybe relishes in cooking and considers it a passion, a hobby? I think feminism is evolving enough to accept a woman who likes to cook and doesn't see her as a barefoot-in-the-kitchen stereotype. And if I don't feel like cooking that night, we order in :o)
Lyv Lyv 7 years
Agriculture and stockbreeding, an offense to feminism ? Seriously ? They really will publish anything on the paper these days, won't they.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Agreed. If I had the space for that garden, I'd be on it! When not burning my bra, of course. ;)
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I find this ridiculous as well. There is nothing about growing one's own food or caring about what one eats that is at odds with feminism in any way.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I find this ridiculous.
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