that said: there are some things we’ve learnt from our mothers and teach our daughters that are damaging. How to diet, how to undermine other women, how to serve others and deny ourselves. I’d like to point out that the reason sugar is associated with femininity is because sugar has been cheaper than meat for about two hundred years now in the Western world. Women would feed meat to their husbands and sons and make up the calories with sugar in their tea. Sugar, of course, is a nutritionally inferior source of energy to a complete protein like meat — it doesn’t give you sustained energy, doesn’t help build muscle, and it doesn’t come with any vitamins and minerals like zinc and b12. (although I also don’t care for the fetishisation of bacon.) I’ll have to go through some of my mum’s nineteenth-century “advice to housewives” books and find the relevant quotes, but this is a pretty widely documented phenomenon. Sugar cravings are also strongly associated with food restriction and consequent low blood sugar.
in short, just because it’s feminine doesn’t mean that it’s just a misunderstood act of resistance and bonding. Like, I get that people find their value and their strength where they can and that context changes a lot. But I really think the whole dainty/ethereal/sugar-spun thing is an aspect of femininity that can’t be rehabilitated and is damaging for many women.
wow, i didn’t know this, which probably makes me both a bad women’s studies person and a bad foodie - thanks for sharing this bit of historyfrom browcatastrophe-deactivated2013
a wonderful idea i had last night
fried pickled okra
but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something
from besttumblr“It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” – I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on. So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something. And YES black people on bikes and with gardens DO have an awareness of the environment. Surprisingly so! These values are in our communities and they are good values. My Grandmother was an organic gardener before it was “cool” –My mother believed in composting all waste and recycling whatever could be reused– it was a religious thing. God hates waste.”
After Long Fight, Farmworkers in Florida Win an Increase in Pay
The infoshop here hosted the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and Student/Farmworker Alliance a couple years ago for a speaking tour they were on about the tomato-picking industry, and I’ve been on their mailing lists since then and just found out about this:By KRISTOFER RÍOS
IMMOKALEE, Fla. — After fighting for more than a decade for better wages, a group of Florida farmworkers has hashed out the final piece of an extraordinary agreement with local tomato growers and several big-name buyers, including the fast-food giants McDonald’s and Burger King, that will pay the pickers roughly a penny more for every pound of fruit they harvest.
Farm laborers are among the lowest-paid workers in the United States, and the agreement could add thousands of dollars to their income.
Though the hamburger chains and others agreed to the increase years ago, the money they have been paying — an estimated $2 million now held in an escrow account — could not be distributed to tomato pickers until the state’s largest trade association, which acts as a middleman, agreed to lift a ban preventing their farms from passing along the extra wages.
That happened in November, when the farmworkers’ group, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and the Florida Tomato Growers Exchange, a trade association, completed details of a code of conduct that included not only the wage improvement but also guarantees of increased workplace protections — like minimum-wage guarantees and a zero tolerance policy on forced and child labor — for the laborers.
Some labor experts said the agreement could set a precedent for improving working conditions and pay in other parts of the agriculture and food industries, nationally and worldwide.
The Immokalee agreement is a result of a 15-year campaign for better pay and working conditions for the roughly 33,000 tomato pickers in the state. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers represents about 4,000 of those workers, but the agreement will cover all tomato pickers who work for growers that are members of the trade association, as well as those employed by independent farms participating in the agreement.
The agreement between laborers, growers and buyers is unique because it resembles a legally binding contract that includes an accountability mechanism to ensure that tomato pickers will be treated and paid fairly, said Prof. Caroline Bettinger-Lopez, director of the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law.
This is really important that it’s legally binding. I worked on a campaign here when Yale-New Haven Hospital was expanding and trying to tear down people’s houses and churches in order to build new buildings (their original proposal included tearing down 50 units of housing to put a 9-story parking garage across from an seniors apartment complex and on the block with the highest rate of childhood asthma in the city). We pushed for them to sign a Community Benefits Agreement in order for them to get their zoning approved, and the Zoning Board agreed that they would have to sign a CBA to go ahead with the expansion, but the compromise was that there was a third-party abritrator but it wasn’t legally binding. So the hospital broke the agreement within 5 days of it going into place, and later on the NLRB ruled against them for breaking labor laws, but we pretty much had no recourse after that.
Anyway, all that is to say that I am very excited about agreements like this being put on paper, especially when done by workers and/or surrounding communities, but it’s really really important that it is binding and that the company can be taken to court over it. They get fucking scared, cause at that point besides the legal issues, it’s a public relations mess for them. So I am very excited for the CIW and their communities because this is a huge deal.
This means a huge increase in workers pay… well maybe not HUGE, but enough to really make a change in their lives.
Say a worker picks and carries 150 buckets of tomatoes per day, each one weighing 32 pounds. Say they earned 45 cents per bucket before. Each bucket is now worth 77 cents, and a days work is worth $115.50 versus $67.50.
My mom currently is paid $70 dollars a day, the wage she’s been able to get for about 10 years. It would be amazing if she could get $120, she dreams of it. It would really raise her standard of living, even if she’s mostly retired and only works two days a week.
$120 versus $70 is $50 more a day, $250 more a week, $1000 more a month. $2,400 versus $1,400 for a fulltime worker. Can you imagine the difference that makes to a single mother, to a family of six, etc.?
All for a goddamn PENNY more a POUND.
Goliath can’t stand forever.