- Tell TBD which genders wielded your carving knife. (Photo: Associated Press)
Greetings Thanksgiving observers! As you may have noticed, our annual celebration of food preparation and football consumption is steeped in gendered ritual. It's also riddled with assumptions about the relative contributions of men and women to the holiday feast. Do women toil over sink and stove while men watch other men throw balls at one another, or is Thanksgiving mainly a gender-equitable pursuit?
Let's find out just how gendered this holiday actually is. This Thanksgiving, join me in obsessively charting male and female contributions to the day's planning, cooking, cleaning, grocery-running, babysitting, table-setting, drink-concocting, designated driving, entertainment procuring, Turkey-hunting and toast-giving:
1. First, celebrate Thanksgiving! But while you do, keep an eye out for each gender's involvement in the holiday work.
2. Once the day is over, tell us a little about your celebration in the form below.
3. Detail how much time and effort the men and women in your party devoted to holiday-themed contributions, from Turkey-basting to antenna adjusting. Let us know if any task was particularly light or burdensome.
4. File any additional gender-related notes about the holiday, including: Gendered remarks volleyed; gender stereotypes shattered; or gender-nonconforming guests in attendance.
4. Finally, make a judgment call about each gender's contributions to the holiday.
At the end of the weekend, I'll compile all the submissions and publish a report on the findings. Take it away: