Feeding feminisms: Hispanic women writer's culinary literature
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For women, the kitchen and the preparation of food are complicated by gender issues. They were consigned to the space by patriarchy and it was maligned by Second-wave feminists who sought to remove women from the kitchen, and from domestic space in general, in order to include them in the public sphere. Domestic work, especially cooking, took on a negative meaning. It was labeled drudgery, simple and meaningless work that impeded a woman’s ability to flourish. I argue that the kitchen is a space of resistance and that women worked within its walls to rewrite the rules and return it to a space of creativity, community and power. Using novels, short stories and essays by Hispanic women writers, I demonstrate the multiplicity of feminism and the myriad interpretations of the kitchen.