This title is not from an article on The Onion. It is indeed real. Someone wrote this, and they’re serious about it.
The article blabs on about how salads don’t provide enough nutrition blah blah blah blah blah and then we get to this lil’ nugget.
So why have salads become such a commonplace meal? Because bowls of leaves are really just the side helping to the constant diet of guilt our culture feeds women about their bodies. Salads are a socially acceptable way of eating less and limiting calories. “I get it, we all get it,” says Lambert. “We all have an inner critic and it talks to us every day, especially women.”
I eat salads often. Why? Because I like salads.
Just kidding. It’s obviously because all of the DIET OF GUILT MY CULTURE FEEDS ME.
Ok but seriously, what if I just really like salads? Is it sexist to like salads?
The good news is this little snowflake is now “healing” from all the sexist food guilt.
Banishing food guilt is difficult, to be sure. I don’t know if I’ll be able to maintain my guilt-free attitude once I’ve fully healed. But my New Year’s resolution is to eat fewer salads and more carbs in 2017. Because truly eating well means we should enjoy food—not avoid it.
Ok so full disclosure, I consciously limit my carb intake. I officially am a low-carb eater. I also work out regularly. And GUESS WHAT! It has absolutely NOTHING TO DO with the SHACKLES OF SEXISM! In fact, my BOYFRIEND also limits his carbs and works out regularly! BOTH SEXES EATING SALAD TOGETHER! SHOCKING, I KNOW!
Want to know why? Because we’ve found a way of living our own lives that makes us feel good, and that we feel good about. It has nothing to do with other people. It has nothing to do with “guilt”, and “culture,” and “sexism.”
I often wonder about people who think this way. Is it possibly a reflection of their total inability to think for themselves? Is this woman utterly convinced that sexist culture is force-feeding women salads because she is not capable of making decisions about her own nutrition and health that are not mandated by her own perceptions of social norms?
I eat salads because I like salads. I don’t eat many carbs because I like the way I feel when I don’t. I can also put down an impressive amount of pizza and a pint ice cream…sometimes I do. BECAUSE HAVE A MIND OF MY OWN AND I MAKE MY OWN FREAKING DECISIONS.
I entirely understand that many women feel pressured to be thin. I do. But spinning that into the “Sexist Shackles of Salad”? That’s wack.