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Women Should Have to Pass a Cooking Class Before Graduating from College

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This is a guest post by the Captain Power.

College is a hot topic these days, considering that every year thousands of students are graduating with increasingly larger tuition bills and a lack of good job prospects. Most experts suggest that students should choose the majors that will provide a higher chance of employment: medicine, accounting, engineering and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

In the United States today, women make up 56.4 percent of students at public universities. But what is the one practical skill that they are lacking?

Cooking!

Have you taken a look at the average overweight American recently? Cooking is a lost art in this country, and high obesity levels are threatening our society. American healthcare costs have been skyrocketing, we’ve seen a tremendous increase in preventable illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and we now have alarming higher rates of child obesity and autism.

When my mother attended high school in Queens in the sixties, she was required to take “home economics.” She was taught how to cook, how to clean, and how to raise a family. Was this sexist? No!

My father did not have to take these classes. My father does not have a vagina, and could not reproduce. He does not have breasts that bear milk, which my younger brother and I enjoyed. He studied accounting, engineering, and he took classes in “wood shop.” My mother stayed home for five years to rear children, and then she went back to graduate school and ended up teaching high school for 25 years. Her final salary before she retired? $105,000!

Nobody said she couldn’t work. But she still fully accepted traditional gender roles while taking NYC to the cleaners with a nice, fat teachers’ pension. (As I type this she is currently at her beach house.) She couldn’t just feed her children Chinese food and soda, it would have killed us. It would have slowed down our development, it would have stunted our growth, and in high school my brother and I would have never gotten laid. My mother actually cooked for us.

For centuries men were in charge of the physical demands of living in a agrarian society, since we are naturally stronger due to higher testosterone. This included building a home, plowing the fields, slaughtering game, and defending the property from Indian invasions. Today those traditional male gender roles has been replaced by driving the car, fixing the cable box, carrying the groceries, bench pressing, and defending your wife from horny Italians at the gym.

As a society, let’s not lose the basic skills of survival. Men should be required bench press over 205 and know how to drive a car, and women should have to pass a cooking class in order to receive a college degree.

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  • The men should also learn to cook — it’s a useful skill, and a man should NEVER depend on modern society’s spoiled,arrogant ‘privileged princesses’ for his meals.
    And knowing modern women, they wouldn’t be able to do the math required to be able to cook: e.g., there are 3 teaspoonfuls in a tablespoonful, there are 2 cups in a pint, there are 2 pints in a quart, etc.

    Incidentally, I am a 57-y.o. white male who was doing dishes (by hand) at six, housework (washing clothes, cleaning, vacuuming, dusting) and garden work (planting, weeding, watering, and picking vegetables) at ten, yard work (lawn mowing, pruning trees, etc.) at twelve, and I had a job delivering newspapers at thirteen until I graduated high school.
    I ‘picked up’ cooking on my own and although I won’t class myself as a ‘gourmet cook’, I CAN follow a recipe and I know my way around a kitchen — I don’t have to rely on canned food and I WON’T go hungry!
    When I hear of the young people who can’t (and/or especially WON’T) clean, cook, or do housework, the stupidity and arrogant short-sightedness of their attitudes boggles my mind!
    I thank God that I never married nor had children — the stupid, arrogant masses are going to be in for a rough time in the future!

  • I had to take wood and metal shop, too. It was worthless. Making ashtrays? I would have preferred being taught auto mechanics, which I taught myself starting at 19.

  • Jeremy

    But cooking classes are a waste of time and money. Why can’t women just stop going out to eat for a few weeks and cook for themselves and others and learn how to live economically as well as make something good to eat? Culinary instruction can literally be accomplished in 2 hours, you could make a movie and teach people the basics. The rest of it is just experience in the friggin kitchen, and todays women avoid it like it’s a graveyard.

  • Suz

    *sigh* Women should learn so many things, but we won’t because we still don’t need to. (And my cold dark heart gleefully anticipates the day when a generation of aging bimbos discovers that the ability to color one’s own hair WalMart Scarlet is of limited use in the real world.)

    I agree with TTRP. The chances that you will be cooking your own meals for most of your life, are ever increasing.

  • There are wayyyy too many obese children in this country, being 33 and single i learned to cook out of necessity…

  • Women Should Have to Pass a Cooking Class Before Graduating from College 8th Grade.

    There. Fixed it for you.

  • mike

    Should men also be required to know how to fix a car and repair a house?

  • Anony Chick

    When I’m on the internet I keep seeing men whine that women can’t cook. I can cook, but in my dating experience, men aren’t looking for that, so I don’t know, maybe you’re all a bunch of old fogies? Oh and I can also drive, carry my own groceries, fix the cable box, but I don’t bench that kind of weight, though I can lift more weight than men who don’t work out on the leg machines and deal with the horny men at the gym.

  • Alex

    Yes, because being able to cook good food for your man is so much more important than being able to work and provide for yourself first.

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