Blog 4: Food porn objectifies “women’s work” instead of women’s bodies

For this week’s blog, I chose an blog titled, “Food porn objectifies ‘women’s work’ instead of women’s bodies” written by Tisha Dejmanee. Throughout the blog, Dejmanee discusses how the new phenomenon known as “food porn” attempts to displace the objectivity of women’s bodies for women’s ability to make food. Food porn fulfills an animalistic desire of hunger while also invoking an underlying sexual desire. Dejmanee writes, “These blogs reflect the digital identities of women who have been required to embody multiple contradictions—and look delectable while doing so.” She argues that food porn allows for women to promote their feminism through the digital sphere while also showing off the more traditional role of women in the kitchen. In closing, she says that even though many people enjoy looking at food porn, “we should also take a moment to recognize the skills it takes to maintain such a presence online and the potential for feminist subversion behind these outwardly indulgent depictions of cooking and consumption.”

Before reading this blog, I thought that the author would be bashing food porn as a digital art and pin it as an anti-feminist use of the digital sphere. However, I found this blog to be quite the opposite. Dejmanee just wants readers to recognize all the hard work that goes behind making this food, even though it’s satisfying just to look at (much like real pornography). Weirdly enough, I have thought about the people behind food porn before reading this, but I also never thought of that the creators were only women. She does argue throughout her blog that both genders have been known to create food porn; however, she says that many of the creators are “mompreneurs” who are trying to create a digital brand. The author raised some good points throughout the blog for sure.

This blog expands our understanding of feminist rhetorics and digital activism because it shows how some women have used the digital space to combine both their feminine qualities and feminist qualities. Dejmanee drew the conclusion that these women are using food porn as a digital activism in order to combine their desire for entrepreneurship and their love of traditional, domestic work. Before reading this blog, I had never considered food porn to be any type of activism beyond getting people to take pleasure in the food they create and eat, but I can now see how it is feminist digital activism.

[*sidenote: I wanted to include a photo of food porn for imagery purposes, but didn’t want to tempt any of my readers!]