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(Washington Post)   Men, the time has come for you to start making the sammiches for your women   ( washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2017-04-14 08:39:01 AM  
What? Do most men not make food for their significant other? You guys are missing out on a lot more sex.
 
2017-04-14 08:51:27 AM  
My husband is not allowed to prepare food for anyone but himself.  We've had....incidents.

I'm not a great cook, myself but at least I've never started fires cooking.
 
2017-04-14 09:20:58 AM  
Done and done.

Made her a breakfast sandwich like an hour ago.
 
2017-04-14 09:21:09 AM  

Ambivalence: My husband is not allowed to prepare food for anyone but himself.  We've had....incidents.

I'm not a great cook, myself but at least I've never started fires cooking.


I liked cooking but...yeah.

I got a lot of "oh my god, what are you doing...you can't...just get out of the way...you're going to destroy my kitchen..."

I'm allowed access to the toaster, microwave and fridge.  And she seems to hang around until I'm done messing with "her" ice maker.
 
2017-04-14 09:21:54 AM  
An ex-gf tried to burn down the house making macaroni & cheese.  I made all the meals after that.
 
2017-04-14 09:29:23 AM  
My wife makes the basics -- mac and cheese, meatloaf, that kind of thing.
I'm the one who gets creative in the kitchen and either makes something really good or has to run for pizza when the experiments fail.
 
2017-04-14 09:35:25 AM  
Start? Like she's even allowed in my kitchen.
 
2017-04-14 09:36:27 AM  
I do pretty much all the cooking in my household. The wife scares the shiat out of me when she's handling a chef knife.

Not scared for me, mind you, we are on great terms, but for her. She's going to be missing a finger before long.
 
2017-04-14 09:37:47 AM  
Because "women's work" jobs will finally get better pay?

/or more race to the bottom...
 
2017-04-14 09:41:42 AM  
Instead of "women's" and "men's" jobs, why don't we just call it "shiat that needs to get done" or "jobs that need to be filled."  That way, we can all arrive on time for happy hour.
 
2017-04-14 09:42:33 AM  

wejash: Ambivalence: My husband is not allowed to prepare food for anyone but himself.  We've had....incidents.

I'm not a great cook, myself but at least I've never started fires cooking.

I liked cooking but...yeah.

I got a lot of "oh my god, what are you doing...you can't...just get out of the way...you're going to destroy my kitchen..."

I'm allowed access to the toaster, microwave and fridge.  And she seems to hang around until I'm done messing with "her" ice maker.


That's pretty much my husband.  He's is allowed to make ramen on the stove but only if he attends it through the entire cooking process.  He's already ruined one really good stock pot letting it boil dry unattended.  That's what started the first fire. :(
 
2017-04-14 09:53:31 AM  

Earl Green: Instead of "women's" and "men's" jobs, why don't we just call it "shiat that needs to get done" or "jobs that need to be filled."  That way, we can all arrive on time for happy hour.


Most of us already do. Clickbait articles not withstanding.
 
2017-04-14 09:54:02 AM  

adamgreeney: What? Do most men not make food for their significant other? You guys are missing out on a lot more sex.


In practice, that's not how things work out. At least, not in my experience.

But perhaps I was in error, perhaps I was insulting her by denying her her natural role in the order of things.
 
2017-04-14 09:55:05 AM  
I used to be pretty good about cooking, then, after about 15 years she started popping in and nagging about the way I did things. Same way I did things when she had no idea what I was doing but liked the meal, but then she would stop in and always complain. I asked her to stop that a few times. Then told her I really didn't like it when she did that. And then, I just stopped in the middle one time and said "That's it, I'm going out to eat, see you later." She wound up deeply offended that she couldn't stop in and criticize. She eventually figured out that she preferred having someone else cook half the meals. But she remained conflicted about no being able to show up and complain about everything.

Why yes, there were other problems by then but how a smart woman could think that nagging was every going to help I just don't know. Anyway, if someone wants me to cook, let me cook. Come and help if you like, but don't just watch and complain about the way I work.
 
2017-04-14 09:55:30 AM  
My industry is at least 80% women (I'm a guy). I had a colleague that used to say "the only men who work in this industry are running the company or cleaning it."
 
2017-04-14 09:55:37 AM  
Meh... I was married 22 years, single for 8.. now married for 8.  I do what is necessary.  I cook dinner 2-3 times a week and pick up and vacuum some weekends (depends on what needs to be done outside).  I never expect her to do anything... if she does cook, clean, do laundry, she gets a heartfelt hug, kiss and a thank you.

It helps that i told her she could semi-retire from her full time job if she wanted to.  Now she works part time (15 hours a week) at the public library and takes care of the pups, house and me (in that order... lol) and I am fine with it.
 
2017-04-14 09:56:14 AM  
Eh. I cook the half the week that my wife works evenings, and half the other nights too. Kids don't stop being hungry just because you're tired.
 
2017-04-14 09:58:39 AM  
I cook six days a week.  My wife cooks the seventh, and I head the the furthest room from the kitchen and put headphones on to block out the sounds of what she's doing to my kitchen.
 
2017-04-14 10:01:20 AM  
I'm still working on the cereal thing.

Homer Simpson: Cereal of Fire.
Youtube 1tVaMxyvjXA
 
2017-04-14 10:02:25 AM  
The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach.
 
2017-04-14 10:02:42 AM  
I do most of the cooking around here.  I enjoy it.  *shrug*
 
2017-04-14 10:03:35 AM  

Ambivalence: I'm not a great cook, myself but at least I've never started fires cooking.


Then you aren't cooking correctly.
 
2017-04-14 10:05:09 AM  

Bowen: My industry is at least 80% women (I'm a guy). I had a colleague that used to say "the only men who work in this industry are running the company or cleaning it."


You're a pimp?
 
2017-04-14 10:05:41 AM  
Men should know how to cook, clean, do the laundry, iron shirts, use a needle & thread, so on and so forth; who does what part of the housework should be a simple question of allocation rather than of what's "woman's work" and what's "man's work."

My mother taught my brother and I how to do all of these things, because she felt very strongly that, while it might be nice to have a spouse who will handle that part of the household responsibilities, a young man could never consider himself truly independent if he couldn't take care of them himself.
 
2017-04-14 10:06:06 AM  

brilett: The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach.


It's faster if you go through the rib cage.
 
2017-04-14 10:06:31 AM  
I always make the sandwiches, my women aren't good cooks.
 
2017-04-14 10:06:41 AM  
Easy there, Subby.

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2017-04-14 10:07:31 AM  
I am somewhat allowed in the kitchen.  If she is unable to cook for life's reasons I am charged with cooking.  Usually to do one of about half a dozen meals I have been trained on.  Pizza, scetti, biscuits and gravy, potato soup, and general grill work.  If I get creative it don't come out good and I get browbeat about the mess.
 
2017-04-14 10:07:47 AM  
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2017-04-14 10:09:49 AM  
Telephone operators, textile workers and travel agents are all female-dominated fields that are set to shrink in coming decades.

Telephone operators?

This is still a job?
 
2017-04-14 10:11:09 AM  

brilett: The way to a woman's heart is through her stomach.


The way into a woman's vagina is through her mouth ; )
 
2017-04-14 10:13:37 AM  
Holy shiat, most of these responses are at a less than 8th grade level of writing.
 
2017-04-14 10:13:59 AM  
She said "Stop." You'r food's too good. I gain weight everytime I let you cook for me.  As a result she doesn't cook for me either.
 
2017-04-14 10:14:43 AM  

adamgreeney: What? Do most men not make food for their significant other? You guys are missing out on a lot more sex.


That's the great thing about food, it never says, "Not tonight honey, I've got a headache."
 
2017-04-14 10:14:51 AM  
Don't blame it on autocorrect
 
2017-04-14 10:14:57 AM  

MNguy: Holy shiat, most of these responses are at a less than 8th grade level of writing.


img.fark.net
 
2017-04-14 10:15:48 AM  

brap: adamgreeney: What? Do most men not make food for their significant other? You guys are missing out on a lot more sex.

That's the great thing about food, it never says, "Not tonight honey, I've got a headache."


Stupid dog.
 
2017-04-14 10:15:52 AM  
My grandparents went all in on the gender role work assignments.  My grandmother never pumped gas in her life, my grandfather never cooked a meal or turned on the stove in his life.  When each spent a few days in the hospital away, my aunt had to fill gas for the car, and my grandma made multiple cold meals for my grandfather ahead of time.  You can say a lot of things about the way they did things but one thing always stuck out -- they never argued about household chores.  Something breaks, that's grandpa.  Dinner time?  That's grandma.  It's not up for debate.  So how people allocate chores is entirely up to them.  I do the cooking, my wife sucks at it.  But I do think it's incredibly beneficial to relationships to allocate the tasks so there is no argument.

/helping the other by choice is allowed.
 
2017-04-14 10:16:31 AM  

blatz514: MNguy: Holy shiat, most of these responses are at a less than 8th grade level of writing.

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pfft.
 
2017-04-14 10:17:16 AM  

TheYeti: Telephone operators, textile workers and travel agents are all female-dominated fields that are set to shrink in coming decades.

Telephone operators?

This is still a job?


Travel agents, too.
 
2017-04-14 10:17:49 AM  

lennavan: My grandparents went all in on the gender role work assignments.  My grandmother never pumped gas in her life, my grandfather never cooked a meal or turned on the stove in his life.  When each spent a few days in the hospital away, my aunt had to fill gas for the car, and my grandma made multiple cold meals for my grandfather ahead of time.  You can say a lot of things about the way they did things but one thing always stuck out -- they never argued about household chores.  Something breaks, that's grandpa.  Dinner time?  That's grandma.  It's not up for debate.  So how people allocate chores is entirely up to them.  I do the cooking, my wife sucks at it.  But I do think it's incredibly beneficial to relationships to allocate the tasks so there is no argument.

/helping the other by choice is allowed.


This is a well written post.  Correct use of commas and capitalization.  Good job.
 
2017-04-14 10:18:47 AM  
3/3 according to Georgia's test rubric
 
2017-04-14 10:19:50 AM  
if I don`t do KP, then rats would be living in the piles left by the wife...
 
2017-04-14 10:22:37 AM  
I wish my husband could cook, or if he would be ok with going out to eat. I end up cooking every night with rare nights out to eat, and never fast food. I know it saves a ton of money, but I would like a break sometimes.
 
2017-04-14 10:23:54 AM  
I actually enjoy housework, gardening etc...
When I was married, I did a lot of the cooking and ALL of the cleaning. She couldn't have even told you where the cleaning supplies were. I also did most of the laundry. My only rule for laundry was... if it goes in the washer, it goes in the dryer. If you don't want it in the dryer, keep it separate and do it yourself.

If some lady wants to be the bread winner and let me stay home and manage the house, call me. I'm not a puffy-chested, knuckle dragging bro that needs to be "The man".
 
2017-04-14 10:25:51 AM  
I only hear complaints when it's peanut butter and ketchup night, so no thanks subby.
 
2017-04-14 10:26:23 AM  
As soon as you fight off that bear for me we encounter in the woods.
 
2017-04-14 10:26:46 AM  

Robo Beat: Men should know how to cook, clean, do the laundry, iron shirts, use a needle & thread, so on and so forth; who does what part of the housework should be a simple question of allocation rather than of what's "woman's work" and what's "man's work."

My mother taught my brother and I how to do all of these things, because she felt very strongly that, while it might be nice to have a spouse who will handle that part of the household responsibilities, a young man could never consider himself truly independent if he couldn't take care of them himself.


Yep same here. When we were together the missus and I spilt cooking
along the lines of "what do we want?" Whoever was better at that dish was the cook. Barring a working late situation.

I keep house better than any woman I've ever been with.

If I ever have to share space with someone again I'll probably relieve them completely of household chores because they don't do it right.
 
2017-04-14 10:26:59 AM  
I'm a much better cook than she is so...  yea
 
2017-04-14 10:28:50 AM  
"Women's work" is the subset of "men's work" that women can also do.  I do all the things because I will never have someone suggest that I am dependent upon or taking advantage of them.  If someone wants to come along for the ride, they can find a way to contribute.  But if I ever get that "OMG he asked me to make him a sandwich" noise, I'll make my own sandwich and be on my way.
 
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