(Closed) Do you think men and women have inherently different tastes in food?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: You and your SO's eating habits
    Opposite sex couple - both eat anything : (55 votes)
    72 %
    Opposite sex couple - both eat "girl food" : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Opposite sex couple - both eat "man food" : (7 votes)
    9 %
    Opposite sex couple - woman eats "girl food", man eats "man food" : (12 votes)
    16 %
    Opposite sex couple - woman eats "man food", man eats "girl food" : (1 votes)
    1 %
    Same sex female couple - both eat anything : (0 votes)
    Same sex female couple - both eat "girl food" : (0 votes)
    Same sex female couple - both eat "man food" : (0 votes)
    Same sex female couple - one eats "girl food", one eats "man food" : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I agree with you. My brother and I have very similar food likes and dislikes. I attribute this to the fact that we were raised in the same home. On the other hand my husband and I have different likes and dislikes (the man doesn’t like sweet things for breakfast, and really doesn’t like “sweet meat” like sloppy joes and brown sugar meatloaf), but we grew up in different cultures with different norms.

    I think the idea of “man food” and “girly food” is ridiculous.

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I also think that this is made up. I think because women try to watch what they eat more than men the stereotype occurs.

    I really never understood this. My Darling Husband eats ‘women’ foods and i eat ‘man’ foods.

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was the creator of that thread, and I totally realize how silly it came off.  I grew up in the south, and what you can’t hear is my fake, OTT southern accent when I say “man pleasin'”  It actually kind of pokes fun at the whole concept.  haha

    I don’t think they have inherently different tastes, but I do think that many men are conditioned to like heavier, meatier things. It’s totally pop-culture, and you’re right, many other countries don’t do it.  I know no one gave my little brother a guilt trip about not eating his brussels sprouts, but I sure got one. By the time they get to us, it’s what society or their moms has told them is appropriate.  I did mention somewhere in the other thread that my FH was going to have to pretend to like veggies b/c I don’t want to answer, “but why doesn’t daddy have to eat his vegetables,” when we have kids. 

    To be fair, I love the sh*t outta some fatty, red-meat-y, starchy goodness, and I don’t really love vegetables.  Salads are generally unsatisfying, unless eaten as a pre-dinner something or other. 

    I eat far more vegetables and fish than those other things though, because I’ve been watching my weight since i was, oh, 8 years old. 🙂  I don’t like the bloated feeling that, say, pasta alfredo, gives me, because I don’t like feeling “fat.” I’ve never understood it when people are all proud that they have a “food baby” (that distended belly you get when you eat WAY too much).

     

    Interesting topic, you should add a poll!  I’ll be watching for more responses… 

    Post # 6
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I definitely don’t believe there is “man food” and “woman food”.  I think I enjoy a well cooked steak even more than Darling Husband sometimes!

    Post # 7
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    7431 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I agree that there isn’t really man food vs woman food. Its all in how you were raised to eat. We were both raised to try anything, and are very adventurous with food (me more than him). 

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I agree, I don’t think this is a real thing as far as personal preferences go. I do think that we are expected to fall into those food stereotypes, however.

    Its something that we are conditioned to believe, for sure, and I think it often intertwines itself with perceptions of people’s weight as well as class issues.

    We’ve been conditioned to believe that salad=skinny and burger=fat, even though its wildly untrue. I had a friend in college who did not believe I ate Burger King and asked for photographic evidence. One thing that drew my Fiance in when we first started dating, he says, is the fact that I would eat whatever I wanted. Apparently, that was surprising to him, cause he had been taught to believe that women don’t eat that way.

    Its funny. Some of us would do a double take a at gruff 300 lb male biker eating a field green salad, the same way we would be surprised at a 90 lb model eating ribs.

    This is really interesting! Just as I’m writing this, I’m thinking of all the way food is divided by gender, class, race, weight, etc. Really something to think about!

    Post # 9
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’d take a bacon cheeseburger or a nice rare steak over a salad any day.

    Post # 10
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    544 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    The only food I can think of that I tease my fiance about being a “man food” are sardines…and that’s probably because I have never seen a woman eat them in my life, and yet my dad, my uncles and fiance and his brothers LOVE them.  But, I’m sure there are women who enjoy them as well!

    Post # 12
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    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I don’t think there are gender-specific foods, but I do think the sterotypes have pushed men and women to *think* there are. I know some men who absolutely love the so-called “girly” drinks like cosmos and fruity tropical things, but they will NOT order them at a bar or restaurant, for fear of getting ripped by their friends (nice friends, huh?). I also recall some chicks in college who wouldn’t order a hamburger and beer because they thought it was “manly food.” Hah.

    Darling Husband and I eat and drink according to what we like, so we definitely combine and cross our tastes. He would laugh if he ever heard someone refer to food as manly/girly, and probably just look at them and say “it’s just food!”

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think i describe food differently depending on who i am serving it to. Like if i am having my girlfriend over for dinner, i’ll say ‘This is organic, locally-raised beef with caramelized onions and Sutherfarms Brie’ and if i am making dinner for my husband i’ll say ‘ BABE! DINNER IS READY!’ 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @BostonBaby:  I remember my Fiance telling me a story about some teenagers who were making fun of thier friend because he bought a pink milkshake. It was, uh, strawberry.

    🙁

    I also recall some chicks in college who wouldn’t order a hamburger and beer because they thought it was “manly food.”

    Well, they missed out!

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @abbyful:  that brings my total to 3! 

    My college cafeteria experience was much like the stereotype…the school I went to was 75% dance/theater and 25% liberal arts…so you had a ton of girls who only ever ate from the salad bar. Then you had my group of Journalism major girls who hit the hamburgers and fries and pizza with the guys. We used to look at each other and say, “We suck at being girls!” 

    Post # 16
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    645 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I think our relationship may be a little different because I’m vegan but I can see how Darling Husband and I would look like we eat Man food and Girl food. Darling Husband isn’t a fan of lettuce so he usually shys away from the leafy greens while thats a huge part of what I eat! He’s big into animals and starch.

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