Friday, November 6, 2009

National Men Make Dinner Day

Did you know that the first Thursday in November is apparently “National Men Make Dinner Day”? (So it was yesterday, November 5th). A friend of mind posted this on her Facebook and I was intrigued so I decided to check it out. It turns out that although it may sound like a progressive idea, the whole thing is pretty backwards.

First of all, the website asks men “Are you a man who makes dinner on a regular or semi-regular basis?” If so, they are instructed to read no further… I suppose if you’re a regular contributor there’s no need to participate in National Men Make Dinner Day.

Then, it goes on to list the top ten reasons why men should participate in this event. Some of the reasons listed really play on stereotypes about men, and I think I’d be insulted if I were a man. Here are a few examples:
#10 – While cooking, you can still wear your tool belt, simply replace the hammer with a whisk.
#9 - Several recipes include beer as a legitimate ingredient.
#3 - Some desserts, such as crème brulee, require the use of a propane torch.
#1 - Participating in National Men Make Dinner Day gives you optimum points with your wife. Use those points wisely!

Ok, so the message is this: We need to bribe men with tool belts, beer, propane torches and “points with your wife” just to get them to cook dinner.
Forget it… I’ll do it myself!

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