Lost in the Kitchen 1. In the essay Lost in the Kitchen, the author Barry uses various stereotypes to degrade both men and women. The first stereotype that Barry uses is when he writes, “I would no more enter the kitchen than I would attempt to park a nuclear aircraft carrier, but my wife, glides in very casually and picks up exactly the right kitchen implement, and starts doing exactly the right thing without receiving any instructions whatsoever. ” In that one quote, Barry is using the stereotype that women are like professionals, and can do near anything inside of a kitchen.
The type of stereotype that Barry used to describe his wife dates back to the early twentieth century, when a woman’s main job was to just cook and clean. Barry also degrades men by using the stereotype that man are completely incompetent in the kitchen when he writes, “the man , feeling guilty, finally shuffles in and offers to help. So the woman says something like “Well you can cut the turnips. ” … It is the absolute simplest thing that she can think of. But the man… this instruction raises many troubling questions. This stereotype describing a man shows how insufficient a man is in a kitchen, even when it comes to the simplest of things, such as cutting a turnip. 2. The use of humor by the Barry in the essay is used to compare men and women in not such a harsh tone as other novels would compare them. In the essay, the author Barry does not attempt to refute the stereotypes, rather he attempts to confirm them. Barry not only states that these stereotypes are his opinion, they are also scientific finding based on exhaustive study from his own experience.
I believe that Barry used humor to bring light to a bit more serious situation, in which people all across the world use stereotypes to describe different individuals, such as women belong in the kitchen, or that Chinese are good at math, so that people can understand that stereotyping is not a good thing, and that people should try to stop stereotyping others, based on gender, age, ethnicity, or anything for that matter. 4. I have a very large family, and during the holidays we are all together at one of our houses. My family celebrates all of the major holidays, but eh wo biggest ones that we love to celebrate are Thanks giving and Christmas. Every year on both of these holidays, my entire family comes together to celebrate and most importantly to eat. Generally everyone brings something small to these occasions, and the relatives who host the occasion make the main course. After my entire family files in to the house a few things happen, all of the women gather together in the kitchen, and in the dining room and they start to prepare the food, as well as arrange things in their own special ways.
The women always prepare lots of food for the big family, and they usually spend hours on end in the kitchen which always smells like heaven on earth. All of the men in my family get themselves a nice drink of their choosing, and take a seat in the family room, so that they can watch the various football games that are taking place that day. (One reason why the men like Christmas and thanks giving so much, is because there is football on TV) None of the men in my family ever dare to step foot in the kitchen, because not only can they not cook, they are all terrible at it.
At about half time in the football game the women begin to serve the food at the dining room table, and the men stumble with drool running down their lips. After everyone has eaten and gained an extra pants size or two the men shuffle back to their seats in the family room and continue to watch the game, while the women clean up what is left in the dining room. Unfortunately the stereotypes about women cooking so well and men not being able to cook at all are true for the most part in my family at least.