Cooking is not a gender role

Cooking is not a gender role. It is a basic life skill.

Imagine if there are no women in the world, are men going to die of hunger.
Nowadays, most of us have a nuclear family. Sometimes, women have to go out for some urgent work, in such a situation, men should be able to cook food for them.
.Cooking is a  basic skill everyone should learn. In this busy world, we should devote ourselves to being self-sufficient. Being clean and hygienic is a basic necessity, and there is no gender role for that.

In the modern era which we live in, considering cooking as a women’s job just doesn’t make sense. For ages, cooking was considered a skill that only women should know. This was due to several traditional influences that men were supposed to bring bread for the family and women were supposed to do the housework. But now time has changed as well as the lifestyle of people. Today, regardless of the gender everyone works, both men and women are equally tired, and we can’t expect women to do all the household work. It is difficult for her to manage both work life and family all alone.

There should be a mutual understanding between family members. Hence, in a family, we should split and share the work according to everyone’s convenience.

The division of housework helps to reduce the time and effort taken to complete a particular task. Also, it increases the time that your family can spend together making memories. Engaging your children in small tasks helps to improve their concentration and also their sense of responsibility.

For many, it can provide a little relaxation from worries and tensions. From a small study published in the journal, Mindfulness found that participants who engaged in mindfully washing the dishes meaning they took a moment to inhale the scent of soaps and to allow their skin to absorb the warmth of the water reported a 27% reduction in nervousness, along with a 25% improvement in mental inspiration. This is small psychology behind this.

Based on research, on average, an Indian man spends only 19 minutes doing the household chores which shows that Indian men have a lot to catch up. Raising the children in a gender-equal way and equally exposing them to do small household tasks can ensure their future participation in sharing household chores.

Society always tries to define the roles of a woman and how she should carry out these roles. She is expected to do certain things. Due to these expectations, people tend to blame women when things go wrong. And this also includes several men, who consider it not as a life skill but as a duty of women in their lives.

These traditional norms of society often force girls of this generation to react as if they are rebelling. On the basis of gender equality and claiming to be independent, they are often careless towards doing household chores. However, one important point we need to note is that if we want gender equality then there should be participation from all sides.

In the name of gender equality, one shouldn’t be careless and expect the other to do everything. If we want to be independent we have to do it. Giving importance to basic skills like cooking is very essential and it cannot be ignored.

Being able to cook is a lifetime skill.


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