Food and femininity is a highly readable and informative text that offers an up to date contemporary analysis of the longstanding discussion of the relationship between femininity and food the book is a valuable addition to the burgeoning field of feminist food studies particularly because cairns and johnston incorporate intersectional . About food and femininity over the space of a few generations womens relationship with food has changed dramatically yet despite significant advances in gender equality food and femininity remain closely connected in the public imagination as well as the emotional lives of women. Over the space of a few genera ons womens rela onship with food has changed drama cally yet there remains a close connec on between food and femininity both in the public imagina on as well . The authors urge food scholars to avoid academic silos and to foreground the feminist issues of shopping for cooking and producing food a starting point they suggest is to recognise the gendered nature of food activism and food policy with grassroots food activism dominated by women and food policy arenas dominated by men. Cairns and johnston argue that although the link between food and femininity is a continuity of the past the feminine performances women enact in the contemporary world are much more complex than the straightforward performance of the 1950s housewife p vi
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