Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Me got myself a Crockpot

left: (1)its a stainless steel, 3L capacity, easy to use slow cooker, egad! (2) come to momma (3) mechado, pot roast, caldereta, bbq ribs...

No, its not an implicit announcement that I bought myself a pot of drugs, much to Jay's chagrin when I announced my long time dream of getting one. A "crockpot" is actually a slow cooker brand. So to be politically correct, I got myself a slow cooker. Carrefour, one of Singapore's  hypermarts (yeah, I sh
op in a hypermart! Im a social democrat, and I shop in one, because for goodnessake--no one really makes a crockpot personally) had one on sale, and lo and behold! A new toy.
Now, some of you may find this funny and amusing and probably retort a note that spells contradiction for a modern woman, but Im sticking up my guns. I dont see any contradiction at all, and any 'half cooked' feminists that will call this new shiny toy a 'tool to put the woman in the kitchen and nowhere else (well, aside from the bedroom, that is), I challenge to a debate. 
Ladies and Gentlemen, upon your indulgence, I would like to rant on the problems of calling someone, or yourself, a domesticated housewife, or simply 'domesticated'. One, I would like to propose that the word 'domesticated' be left to pets, or animals, livestock, plants or maybe 'husbandry' (sorry guys, Im only in this for women's cause. Not to fret though, I dont intend to switch gender preferences).

 It is a bit demeaning, if not ironic, because the idea of being 'domesticated' provokes several assumptions, one of which is the act of being 'taught' or 'tamed'. I dont know of any woman who'd love to think that they've been 'tamed' as if they used to be wild, and that their 'taming' comprise of them suddenly wanting to cook, wash dishes, do laundry and clean the house. I do all those, I love kids, and I cook really well (plug: buy a slow cooker! you dont need to buy those tender , expensive meats, and its really healthy cooking). Does that make me 'domesticated'? If its a desirable trait, why depict them 'ala-Stepford Wives', when we all know the movie is about submissive, robot-like women whose role in society is make breakfast for their family? NO, I dont have problems with making breakfast for my future family, nor doing household chores. Its just that the implicit spells out a 'belittling' of such role--that of a housewife. Its as if its a real sad thing that marketing it to be 'sexy and perfect' is in a way misleading, and in another just hilariously funny.

And I just got my first slow cooker.


aMbUsH101 said...

So full of angst, so full of anger...

Am not getting one those crockpots of yours if it's gonna make me a worse bitch than i already am...

damn, woman, you just need to get laid to get rid of those negative vibes. :D

The Becky said...

angst. angst. angst. wahaha.

sabi nila, there's nothng better than getting laid while you're angry. ish dat true? ha? ha?