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Cooking Is the Point of Marriage

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Science and Technology, Spirituality, marriage, cooking, food, Seed,

Man CookingCooking food is the defining activity that makes us human, according to Harvard biological anthropologist and primatologist Richard Wrangham. In an interview with Seed, Wrangham says that cooking food makes it easier to digest calories, which may have led to our evolutionary dominance over other species. It has also created a system of ownership, where food is saved and owned, rather than eaten straight off the vine like monkeys. 

This ownership society also led to our societal system of marriage, according to Wrangham, where dominant males do “manly” things, like hunt, pillage, and talk politics, while relying on females to cook the dinner. Marriage, Wrangham says, is essentially a “protection racket in which the woman is required to feed a man because of the threat of having her food taken by other men.”

No word from Wrangham on why cooking is such a male-dominated profession.

Source: Seed 

Image by liber, licensed under Creative Commons. 

judith kingsbury
6/17/2009 4:54:08 PM

I guess Richard Wrangham has been spending too much time in his ivory tower (more than 100 years, apparently) and didn't notice that Real Men cook! And Real Women hunt & pillage - or at least have full time jobs, and talk politics. Both sexes get married to share domestic bliss (hopefully), which may or may not include cooking, by either party. In my 36 years of wedded bliss, nobody has tried to steal OUR food, because we share it. Welcome to the 21st Century, Professor!