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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Barbecue Survey Reveals Man's Struggle for Power

Editors Note: We saw this online from the folks at Calor, a U.K. equipment manufacturer and thought you might enjoy their take on the man/smoke thing.

Behind our summer barbecues lies a primeval gender tussle for power as man struggles to dominate this summer ritual. A new survey commissioned by Calor found that whilst it is accepted by both sexes that men own the barbecue territory and do the majority of cooking, there is dispute about who actually does the majority of work for the event.

More seriously, two thirds of women questioned in Calor’s survey believed that men take control of the barbecue because they like to be the centre of attention when cooking alfresco. They suspect the motivation behind their partner’s eagerness is pure ego.

But according to consultant psychologist Dr Aric Sigman, the root cause is more pre-historic and the man’s obsession with controlling the barbecue could stem from a primeval obsession with fire as well as an attempt at regaining power in today’s female empowered society.

He says: “As society becomes healthier and safer, more ‘civilised’ and politically correct, man’s need to express what he was originally designed for is suppressed. So, the barbecue is one of the few opportunities for man to satisfy his love of gadgets and to recreate the cave-side ritual.

“The barbecue is now one of the only legal opportunities for man to play with fire. And because in prehistoric times fire was the vital resource, he who controlled the flame controlled woman. Hundreds of thousands of years on, this survey finds modern man – the ‘barbecue beast’ - still flexing his muscles in front of the barbecue in a contemporary pantomime of his former life as hunter-gatherer.”

Man’s love of the barbecue is clear, with two thirds of female respondents saying it is usually the man’s idea to have a barbecue. The results also revealed how men are more likely to experiment with food on the barbecue and subsequently find greater confidence in the kitchen from learning in the great outdoors.

However, behind every successful ‘barbecue beast‘ stands a woman who in reality does all the hard work and preparation, but without much recognition. 78 per cent of women say they do all the food shopping and 86 per cent say they prepare the majority of the food when planning a barbecue.

Summary of Results

Men say
• 85% claim they do the majority of cooking on the barbecue
• 38% prepare most of the food
• 48% say women do the shopping for a barbecue
• 37% agree women handle the inviting of guests for a barbecue
• 56% say a barbecue is usually their idea
• 51% are more likely to use a barbecue to experiment with cooking

Women say
• 68% of women agree men do the majority of cooking on the barbecue
• 67% say men like to be the centre of attention at a barbecue
• 78% say they do the majority of the shopping
• 14% say men prepare the majority of the food

Any comments on the survey are welcome as usual...


Blogger Saucy Joe Sullivan said...

Geez, what a tough subject!!! Lots of egos could be on the line here.

My mother was always pleased when the weather was nice enough for grilling. A little less work for her that night and some great grilled food.

Fire will always draw people. Light up a grill and people will be there. You can question why you are standing in front of that fire. I love grilling food so I'll stand there in most any weather to put it on the plate.

Where's your desire???

Thu Oct 20, 11:37:00 PM CDT  

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