Yes, women are managing companies but do we still have our egos in domesticity? Readers, I have to admit I love to cook.
Yes, I am a pressure cook (not to be confused with a pressure cooker, which I have never owned. I nearly won one last year, but the alternative prize was a weekend away, and under serious pressure from my husband, chose the latter. It was nice to spend a free weekend in the Midlands, but it didn’t save the enormous amounts of cooking time that I hear a pressure cooker does…)
Back to being a pressure cook – it is a two part definition:
I love to explore new recipes for dinner parties (not that they happen that often any more) and have a definite methodology – 3 course dinner = 1 experiment and 2 tried and tested successful courses. Sometimes the experiment is more successful that the tried and tested, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
The second is that I love to throw things together, left overs, combinations of recipes, wrap fillings and create a meal in about 20 minutes that leaves people gasping for more! Of course, it could be more Alka Selzer, but generally those thrown together meals do work quite well.
I know that the average male executive does not have the same cooking and cleaning issues, but surely a knowledge, and cellar, of fine wine are important, not to mention a high level of braai skill.
We might not all be housewives, but our homes are still a part of our identity, and whether we know the best caterer, or have access to the ultimate home industry store, there is still a very real expectation that CEO or not, you will need to be a domestic diva every now and then.
I have to admit that I glued school badges to blazers instead of carefully sewing them on, that I cannot wash a glass and make it sparkle, nor make a bed that you can bounce a coin off.
So, in a world where 22.2% of parliamentary positions are held by women, and that is progress, we are not yet in a world where home, business and politics are shared equally.
I might not believe that my ego is in my cooking (maybe just a little), but I do think that our many gender based roles and perceptions are slowly blurring around the edges……
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