Gender/Sex and Food

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Oxford Companion to Food

Oxford Companion to Food

By Alan Davidson

Published 2014

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Gender/Sex and Food not just one topic but many, often treated by those numerous anthropologists and sociologists whose professional as well as personal interests include food. The overlapping of the two terms, ‘gender’ and ‘sex’, already means that the topics fall into two overlapping groups.

So far as gender is concerned, it may be sufficient to observe that men and women do differ physiologically, and that on these differences depend some differences in dietary requirements. It is therefore not surprising that in most cultures in most parts of the world, although most foods or dishes are perceived as suitable for both genders, some are seen to be more appropriate for men and some for women.