A Feminist Perspective: What’s That Smell in the Kitchen Essay

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A Feminist Perspective: What’s That Smell in the Kitchen
Women burning bras in the 1960’s became a sign of the Women’s Liberation movement. However, this was not the beginning of the women’s movement. This began many years earlier in the late 1800’s. In Marge Piercy’s poem, “What’s That Smell in the Kitchen,” she gives a description of what the women in the 1980’s are doing to be a part of the women’s movement. According to Bell Hooks, "Feminism is a struggle against sexist oppression. Therefore, it is necessarily a struggle to eradicate the ideology of domination that permeates Western culture on various levels, as well as a commitment to reorganizing society so that the self-development of people can take precedence over
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However, instead of burning bras they are burning dinners. Burning the dinner is a sign of resentment against both the husbands they can no longer stand and the tedious task of cooking dinner. These women don’t want to just get out of the kitchen, they want to return to the days when they themselves had a life and were not just their husband’s maid, chef, and sexual partner. Piercy continues to show how angry the American women have become about being seen as nothing but objects for their husbands needs and pleasures. In the beginning of the relationships the husbands would pay attention to the wives and make them feel loved, but now the wives are disregarded and unappreciated, which makes them angry, “If she wants to grill anything, it’s her husband spitted over a slow fire” (597). The author uses this metaphor for the feelings the women in America have towards their husbands by wanting to make them suffer the same way they do as they stand over the stove cooking their dinner.
In the 18th stanza Marge Piercy writes, “Her life is cooked and digested” (597). Piercy uses this metaphor to imply that the women feel as though there is nothing left of their life. The women all over America have come to a realization that the rest of their life is nothing but a product of waste. What they would really like to know is that their hard work is recognized, they are the ones with

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