STFU, Conservatives (Is junk food really cheaper?)
Common themes represented here:
Reversal. This graphic actually shows the opposite of what it claims to show, namely, that “poor people” can’t do math (when they obviously can, because according to this graphic, they are doing it correctly) and that “poor people” can afford to eat better (but only if they have the money up-front to buy 5 gallons of olive oil so they can use it in half-cup increments at 55-cents each…a caveat which completely negates the original claim). In reality, this graphic shows how important, but undervalued, women’s unpaid domestic labor really is, and (of course, as this is the liberal point) how it’s relatively easy to save money if you already have some. It would be really great if the liberals actually made the “poverty” argument specifically relating to women’s poverty — and how women come to be so poor, and with so many mouths to feed — but alas, that would tend to make men as a sexual class look bad, and would necessarily involve PIV-criticism, so they never will.
Woman as “useful object”. In the top picture, the cost of preparing the food is taken into account and is part of the pricing structure at McDonald’s; you are paying the people who prepare your food when you pay for your meal (granted, at minimum wage, those people aren’t being paid very much). In the bottom two pictures, the cost of preparing the food is completely omitted. That means that in order for the bottom two to represent “saved money” the person preparing the food has had to do this, for free. For free!
If instead of “zero” the cook had been paid $14.11 in the middle scenario (for what, two hours work, including shopping and cleanup?) and $18.63 in the bottom scenario, the cost would be exactly the same as the allegedly “cheaper” McDonald’s meal. For those without a calculator, that’s $7.05/hr and $9.31/hr, respectively. Which isn’t a lot to ask (and since federal minimum wage has been $7.25 for 3 years now, paying someone less than that would be illegal. Unless that person does it without being paid at all.). In reality, there would be even less money than that left over for “payroll” after factoring in the costs of utensils, cooking fuel and other overhead costs which are also factored into the pricing structure at restaurants, but never, apparently, when the food is prepared at home, and almost always by women.
Isn’t it fun to completely disregard women’s unpaid labor, and the problems that poses to women and children, to make a political point? It’s even better when the point appears to be that women need to be cooking more for their families, and if they aren’t, there’s something wrong with them. See also Mansplaining/women’s perspective is wrong. In the original Times article, the writer (a man) says that the problem is that cooking is considered “work” or a “burden” when it’s really not. Stupid wimmins, how dare you consider your work to be work (and then graciously agree to do it for free anyway, as often as you do?) See also Male entitlement. Men are entitled to use and/or disregard women and women’s issues as needed, for their own male-centric politicking. They are also entitled to home-cooked meals, from cradle to grave, at women’s expense. Because fat.
See here to see the conservative politicking around this issue — which completely disregards the problem (to women) of women’s unpaid labor.
See here to see the liberal politicking around this issue — which completely disregards the problem (to women) of women’s unpaid labor, too.