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The Way To A Mans Heart Is Through His Stomach Essay

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thewaytoaman'sheartisthroughhisstomach

  1. Cooking food for a man is a good way to win his affections.
    • 1899, Jerome K. Jerome, "On the Preparation and Employment of Love Philtres" in The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow:
      Who invented that mischievous falsehood that the way to a man's heart was through his stomach? How many a silly woman, taking it for truth, has let love slip out of the parlour, while she was busy in the kitchen.
    • 1921, Ring Lardner Sr., chapter 1, in The Big Town:
      I have often heard it said that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but every time I ever seen men and women keep waiting for their eats it was always the frail sex that give the first yelp, and personally I've often wondered what would of happened in the trenches Over There if ladies had of been occupying them when the rations failed to show up.

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cooking food for a man is a good way to win his affections

Stephanie Smith has been documenting all of the sandwiches she's made for her boyfriend, gaining the attention of many in the culinary world. She was even profiled Tuesday in the New York Post, cleverly headlined "I'm 124 sandwiches away from an engagement ring".

To Smith and her boyfriend, "sandwiches are love". But her boyfriend's morning question, "You've been up for 15 minutes and you haven't made me a sandwich?" might not be taken so lightly by others.

The phrase "make me a sandwich" has been used by some male internet commentators to put down their female counterparts when they don't like their opinion, and it even ended up becoming its own meme. It also graces some particularly tasteful t-shirts, similarly downplaying women's voices and emphasizing the cooking.

Writer Tim Meehan has gone so far in his criticism as to cull through Twitter and post tweets containing the phrase from male users alongside other eloquent displays of their intelligence.

There's little doubt that dating and food do go hand in hand, but does sandwich making show a true blooming of romance or is one of Smith's friends who claims, "It's chauvinistic!", more on the mark?

Can 'making a sandwich' be just about love or is it also sexist?

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