TV-cooking shows can be considered as a social space in which the codes for “doing food” and “doing gender” in the post-traditional culture are being negotiated. In this article, I will explore a case in which the “gendering” of food culture is challenged, namely the show Two Fat Ladies with Jennifer Parson and Clarissa Dickson Wright (1996-1999). I will argue that the two self-declared fat women can be read as “gastronomic drags” by their transgression of a “recognizable” feminine way of “doing food”. The article is theoretically informed by the reflections on drag as subversive practice in Søndergaard (1994, 1996) and Butler (1990, 1993). These texts and two TV-shows, The Naked Chef (1999-2001) and Nigella Bites (1999-2001), are used to underline and discuss the ambivalence of such gastronomic drag performances. The challenges of gender conventions presented in the article are all in danger of appearing either too radical or not radical enough. The article concludes with some reflections on the development of the cooking show as a site for gendered negotiation from the 90’s and today.
|Tidsskrift||Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning|
|Status||Udgivet - 2013|
- Two Fat Ladies