Food, In Itself, Is A Social Concept, A Perception Of An

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Food, in itself, is a social concept, a perception of an idea that is constructed through cultural and social practice. Food is constructed through cultural practice, defined by its particular usage and representation among particular ethnic and cultural groups. Therefore, food’s significance is much more than simply satiating hunger. Take religious restrictions on pork, for example. What reason caused Islam’s belief in the pig as haram, considering it is eaten by the vast majority of the world? Simply put, why do Muslims avoid pork? This can be rationally analyzed, and is attributed to the climate and geographical limitations of foodways in the Middle East. However, as Islam spread throughout the world, the habitual action of avoiding…show more content…
Taking into consideration the stigmas and stereotypes such as “a woman … to evoke the idea of the kitchen” (Parasecoli, 288), food preparation and cooking has been a source of attention on how gender inequality, or more specifically, hegemonic masculinity, is reproduced in both the everyday home activities and in the professional realm of celebrity chefs and hosts. It must be noted that although food habits in today’s world are reflected in the development and expression of male masculinity, there is little to no attention towards how the male identity is affected by food preparation and food culture. The current state of knowledge and attention in scholarly articles remain, for the most part, on how masculine identity discourse is displayed through specific mediums such as food shows. This mock research paper attempts to address this hole using survey interviews. The research questions I ask are: “How does masculine identity influence food habits?” and “How have food habits affected participants’ body image and masculine ideals?” State of Knowledge Throughout the history of mankind, food has always been connected with male identity, especially in a male-dominated patriarchal society where “cooking in our society remain deeply linked to gender” (Swanson, 141). What one eats and how one is seen by society in regards to food habits affect male behaviour in their development and expression of identity. The current state of knowledge brings attention towards the
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