Gen X Guys: Here We Are Now, Let Us Cook for You
It may be true that your typical Gen X man holds the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Cobain, and Jon Stewart on an icon pedestal, but don’t forget Martha Stewart.
That’s right. Male Gen Xers (born between 1961 and 1981) love Pulp Fiction, grunge music, and fake news, and they’re really, really into cooking, Time magazine reports.
According to a recent report from the ongoing Longitudinal Study of American Youth (University of Michigan researchers have been working on this thing for 25 years), women and men who are part of the MTV generation watch cooking TV shows and read up on cooking at equal rates, Time says.
“Generation X adults view life as a smorgasbord and have a little bit of everything in terms of food,” Jon Miller, author of the study, tells the magazine. “Men have fun in the kitchen. I was surprised by how often they shop and cook. If men just happened to wander into the kitchen and make something, that makes more sense, but when you buy into the whole process, then you’re into it. Clearly they are into it.”
And they’re more into it than their dads. According to Time, Gen X dudes spend more time in the kitchen and more time grocery shopping than their fathers ever did.
“In previous generations, there was often a disparity, and the husband’s job brought in more money or was more time consuming. That’s not the case anymore,” Miller tells the magazine. “Now there is much more parity between genders and in many cases, the woman makes more. That means there is a reallocation of time and duties for these people.”
As Cobain might have revised his lyrics: “Here we are now, entertain us. But let us bring the food.”
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