Podcast 003: This Is What 'Hungry' Looks Like
One of the biggest paradoxes that I find in modern linguistics lies in the social media term ‘feed’. How is it that an infinite abyss of scrollable material can be so draining and leave us feeling so empty when it's named with a word that implies fulfillment? We crop, adjust, and filter the vistas of our world to conform to a small little box in hopes that it will return a substantial amount of double taps from our ‘followers’ who are bored and probably sitting on a toilet.
Wasn’t the pressure of an ideal image of our ‘best selves’ harrowing enough when we physically had to seek out photos of “the pretty girls” in J-14 magazine, or watch them flounce in the background of a Britney Spears video? If these were supposedly the “simpler” times when our insecurities were contained within the confines of pastels rooms, shoved somewhere between the cracks of a blow-up chair, what does that mean for girls developing themselves in the Instaculture?
Now that I am on the tail end of adolescence and can see this enemy to confidence from a bird's-eye view, I fear for the wellbeing of young women growing up in a society that tells us to replicate unattainable “models” in these “feeds’ in exchange for instant gratification. They need to know that true success doesn’t require a filter because it shines all on its own, so let's try this mantra on for size instead:
Beauty fades and thigh gaps close, but being a smart, badass woman is eternal.
The revolution of acceptance has begun, but it still requires more soldiers to combat this evil of societal construction once and for all. Thus, I volunteer as tribute to sign on from the small soapbox that is this blog in my upcoming interview podcast, newly titled Hungry, by changing the conversation that encompasses food, women, and success. You can listen to my pledge below in the second of the third episode of my personal podcast, The Prep Station. (Part one has some great tips about Italian cooking from culinary goddess Marcella Hazan. Click here to listen.)
To illustrate my point of where these ideas currently intersect, I decided to do a Google Image search of the two following sets of terms: “women, food” and “men, food”. Here are the results:
So tell me menz—why is it that you get to HAM on a steak while we can’t even eat a salad because we’re holding a scale (and smiling)?
I jumped over to the regular search results out of curiosity to find the top results contained the words “eating disorder”, “diet”, and “cooking light”, only redeemed by the phrase “foods to boost your brainpower” at the very bottom. Meanwhile, the men’s top results included “How to Eat for Better Sex” and “Food Porn for Eating Like a Man”. Cute.
So let's put the internet on hold for a moment and brush off the stigma from women and their eating habits by returning our discussions to the fundamentals of food, which are togetherness and fuel. As someone who has had a tumultuous relationship with food, I’m excited to talk to smart, self-starting women about memorable meals and recipes that have helped them grow towards achieving dreams that once seemed larger than themselves.
If you know of an inspiring woman over the age of 30 who you think would make a great addition to the conversation, feel free to drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or anywhere else you know how to reach me. Now let’s get hungry together, dweebs, because I’m working on a recipe to feed us all.
(Also, I just got a new, fancy microphone for Christmas and I'm rl excited to use it.)
Analyze & Discuss:
Should I name my new microphone 'Joan Rivers'?