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Week 4 Forum 
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Discussion Week 4: Food & Gender, Ethnicity, & SES (Please copy and paste your choice of question as your header so that readers know what you are writing about):
This week, we will explore several aspects of how food intersects with gender, ethnicity, and class.  Select one of the following questions.
1.    Gender roles include tasks and identities related to food. What are the most common food-related tasks considered masculine in US culture? What are the most common food related tasks considered feminine in US culture? Which tasks are the prestige tasks and which are the routine, thankless tasks?
2.    Consider traditional southern Black foods and American Indian foods. Some activists want these race/cultural groups to continue eating fry bread and other unhealthy foods as a form of cultural solidarity and loyalty. For other activists, health is more important than cultural continuity. What logic and evidence can you summon to help the health-conscious to make cultural shifts around food more emotionally palatable to the “solidarity and loyalty” crowd?
3.  Feminists have pointed out that one of the unpaid female gender roles is that of family nutritionist. What does this role consist of? What power dynamics are at play in this family role? How does this role become thankless? How does this role contribute to the different longevity and health status metrics of partnered vs. unpartnered men?
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the importance of meat eating in various cultures
Differentiate the meaning various foods play in the cultural traditions and beliefs of peoples world-wide
Analyze a variety of religious, economic, medical and ecological reasons for the various different foods people choose to consume
Instructions for all Forums:
Each week, learners will post one initial post per week.  This post must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world.  Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week.  To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week.  All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required.  Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly.  If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided.


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