Rise of the PC foodie scolds: Don’t eat that enchilada–it’s “cultural appropriation”
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
“When people think they’re being adventurous for trying food from another culture, it’s the same thing as treating that food as bizarre or weird.
“The person outside of the culture becomes the person with ‘insider’ knowledge about this exotic, other culture. The theme of ‘Westerner as cultural connoisseur’ is rooted in imperialist ideas about discovering another culture and then making oneself the main character in the exchange. ‘I was transformed by my trip to [fill in the blank].’
“Some folks want to be applauded for trying chicken feet, fermented bean curd, or just for eating with chopsticks. It’s disconcerting to eat with folks who are going to giggle about ingredients make comments like, ‘Oh my god, this is so weird! This is gross!’ and run back to tell all their other friends about trying it and how ‘awesome’ that experience was.'”
Well, you won’t catch me trying chicken feet!