Friday, June 20, 2008

Cookie Gate

While perusing the Huffington Post this morning I came across the story of a most dastardly deed.  It seems that Cindy McCain has once again been caught in image the act of cookie forgery.  Apparently she submitted a recipe for oatmeal butterscotch cookies that was eerily similar to one by that can be found at Hersheys.com. Both Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama submitted recipes but attributed them to others. 

The Huffington post waxes on satirically about the chance that yet another intern will be released from their position, for the latest guffaw.  I am actually very irritated by this story.  Has anyone thought about why it is necessary for  potential first ladies in the year 2008 to continue submitting recipes, and playing home maker?  This is just plain Bullshit. If I were Cindy I would have flubbed my way through this as well.  I love my family dearly, but bakeries were created for a reason.

What does the ability to bake a damn cookie, or an apple pie say about a woman as a person?  Does it tell you where she stands on significant campaign issues, like the war in Iraq, the budget, healthcare, or crime and punishment? Supposedly the first lady is the most powerful woman in the United States, but apparently she isn't worth a damn unless she can bake.  I wonder if she has to wear heels, and a pearl necklace while she does it as well? The national fixation with the domesticity of potential first ladies simply underscores the degree to which we are all subject to gender peformativity.  Notice that neither Barack, nor McCain were asked for a recipe..yeah cause men bring home the bacon, and the women merely exist to cook it. We should attempt to move out of 1950 Betty Crocker land, and get real.  Women today are multi-dimensional with much to offer the world.  This stand behind your man, stepford wife persona that we attempt to attach to first ladies is demeaning to all women.



I am adding a link to this post, Professor What If Wrote about this topic in what can only be described as TKO fashion...Check the link.

5 comments:

urB'n sKoLa said...

So overall... the cookie situation, stupidity at it's best (worst?)... (most widely broadcast?)

Hardly worth the energy. I've got a bone to pick with Huffington about their STDs related digest today... Throgouhly inappropriate... but, dare I say your mention of "Bill Clinton" kinda makes your later point:

"Notice that neither Barack, nor (John) McCain were asked for a recipe..yeah cause men bring home the bacon, and the women merely exist to cook it."

...kinda moot? I assume you might have mis-typed, or I might have missed something.

Renee said...

Actually what I neglected to mention is that Hilary submitted an article and bill volunteered one. Sorry I wasn't clear but I blogging at 4 am when I should have been sleeping.

professor what if said...

Thanks for this post.I also posted on 'recipegate' a few days back. Thanks for your analysis of this sexist cookie gate bs...

My post is at http://professorwhatif.wordpress.com/
2008/06/18/what-if-you-had-to-cast-your-
ballot-for-either-the-white-trollop-
or-the-black-baby-mama/

hypatia said...

What does the ability to bake a damn cookie, or an apple pie say about a woman as a person?

Absolutely nothing, except whether or not they can bake.

Actually I get extremely annoyed being an "atypical" female who does bake. Alway an "Oh, you bake?" It's like being able to bake is directly connected to how often you wear a skirt.

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