Japan’s sushi industry is notoriously male-dominated, but a group of intrepid female chefs have begun to combat the sexism preventing women from working in the field. In Tokyo’s Akihabara district you’ll now find a restaurant called Nadeshiko Sushi — and every single employee is female.
I can tell you that sex is extremely important in food preparation. It’s not a matter of gender; it’s entirely biological. A few science facts:
When men cook meat, they might undercook it. When women cook meat, it is medium-well and slightly more emotional.
When males prepare vegetables, they are typically more angular and much heavier. Female-cooked vegetables have a soft, pink, pretty mouthfeel, but are less trustworthy.
Grains prepared by men are woodsier, more adventurous, but often prone to violence. Grains prepared by women are perceptive, intuitive, and have notes of melon and strawberry.
Little known fact: Men don’t use many spices on food, but will express themselves with hot sauce or butter at a much earlier age. Women get extra spices that men don’t have access to: Including turmeric and coriander. Women gain more spices until they are about 50 years old, at which point their spice rack is full.
Alice Hamilton was one of those people who used science to shape morality. Basic concepts like sanitation, worker safety, and proper chemical disposal exist because she proved there was no other choice. She was also one of the first to speak out about the growing threat of Nazi Germany.
When we comment on news stories, most of us hope to say something about the topic at hand — even (or maybe especially) if it’s that the author got it all wrong. But what do the comments we leave say about us — about our beliefs, our biases and how we act when the ordinary rules don’t apply? And how do our comments affect the beliefs of others?