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When a child turns five, he starts learning gender roles taught and accepted by society, conforming to them, and receiving reward. This usually conditions children to not deviate from the norms as they arrange themselves in society with conformance with these gender roles. They include things like boys playing with trucks and girls playing with dolls. This is just a minor example, but it slowly grows and matures into broader statements like boys become engineers and girls become either teachers or housewives. Such repeated conditioning of these misogynistic roles and norms ultimately leads to a strong conditioning in accordance with the norms.

Cooking is seen as a woman’s job because if she cannot be the breadwinner of the family, then she has to contribute by cooking and cleaning and taking care of children. For years, when women did not even have the right to vote or work, this was the general make of families. But now the world is changing, and women can be seen working in almost every field as efficiently as men. Today’s woman can establish her self- identity any way she wishes, can make her own choices even regarding marriage and motherhood. But society is still conditioned in a way to conform to the gender roles set centuries ago.

Seen as feminine work, cooking is thought to be a woman’s duty. But when a man does it, it needs to be justified in some way to be accepted. Hence, if men are cooking, that means he is highly educated and learned in the field and much more capable than a regular woman who cooks at home every day. This deeply rooted misogyny arises due to the patriarchal nature of society, less and less value being given to the work women do. This thought should be changed by recognizing women’s efforts and accepting their credibility without questioning and doubting their qualifications purely due to their gender.