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The tediousness of food blogs.

Emily has a point. Even feminist-mindset women can fall into the trap of dismissing women’s voices, because society has taught us to. This is an interesting perspective on recipe blogs, from a writer/blogger I consistently enjoy.

well fed, flat broke

Image source: Flickr/Pierre Metivier

Every couple of days I notice someone on socialmedia complaining about the tediousness of food blogs. The just get to the recipe, I don’t need 900 words about your kids and cat and that one summer you spent in Alsace, Brenda sentiment is pervasive, and it’s true that the form is not always conducive to getting people from recipe to dinner in a timely fashion. Some people really do just want the recipes.

I don’t know if those people have heard of cookbooks.

If you do not have an extensive cookbook collection, or if you can’t find what you are looking for in the books you do have, there are some really great sites that post reliable, well-tested recipes that you can either read about in detail or just go on to make. There are also community recipe sites where recipes are…

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  1. “By now I think we know what happens when a woman offers an opinion on the internet. When a woman speaks (especially online) many of us don’t listen to what she is saying; we hear how she says it, and it is sometimes shrill or annoying or dull or not as funny or interesting or likable as it would be coming from a man (even if he is saying the same thing). ” In 1998, already a credible weightlifter, I was asked to moderate (read as: give advice, babysit) on a very large, predominantly male private weight training message board. We had several thousand members world-wide, which back then was fairly remarkable. I had three male co-moderators with to whom I frequently groused the above quoted sentiments, and was routinely told that was just utter nonsense. “Weightlifting lifting has no gender” my co-moderators said. Well pardon me, but it sure as hell does. I often gave accurate, sometimes ridiculously detailed information that would routinely get ignored in favor of some other male’s point of view. Even if we said the exact same thing, just using different words, the male point of view always got the credit for providing the “right” answer. Eventually even my co-moderators saw this was happening a lot and confirmed it. They backed me and tried to point out that I had indeed given a fully credible answer, but it didn’t matter to most members because if it didn’t come from a man, it didn’t count. The most blatant example of my invisibility actually happened in person. Back in the late 90’s I was training in a gym with my male partner when three middle-age men approached. Looking at my partner, they asked why we were doing X, Y, Z . Never having seen that done before, I guess they were curious. My partner (Ex-Marine. Big, huge, strong guy) shook his head, pointed at me and said, “Ask her. She’s the one coaching me.” They glanced in my direction, laughed, then said to him, “No really. Can you tell us?” We just walked away.

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