Sunday, May 14, 2006

Muffin top



A friend who was visiting recently made fun of a current fashion trend among women to wear low-cut jeans and high-cut tops, revealing a significant fold of fat, which he refers to as a "muffin top". For most women (and men), this is completely normal - you'd need to practice bulimia on a regular basis, have a tapeworm, very forgiving genes or fork out £4000 on liposuction to look like most skinny models.

Perhaps muffins are getting a bit of a bad name, because one of the coffee shops nearby where I live has started advertising "male" and "female" muffins. Type "male muffins" into google and you get lots of links to gay porn sites. However, this isn't exactly what the coffee shop means. The male muffins here are simply larger ones while the female ones are smaller. I asked why this was and the assistant said it was to advise people regarding calorie intake etc. I heard two of the assistants then talking about how some customers found it offensive. Offensive is a strong word - I'm more likely to find someone screaming "Fuck you!" from a passing car to be offensive, but I still don't like the idea of male and female muffins. What man is going to buy a female muffin, even if he's a bit concerned about his weight? You may as well accounce that you're booking in for a sex-change. And what if you're a woman and fancy a big muffin? You'll be made to feel unwomanly for taking a "man's portion". While it's true that most men are a bit taller and heavier than women, it isn't always the case. The whole thing just seems prescriptive and stereotyping and 1970s frankly.

I'm always going to have the "lady muffin" because I like to be contrary. So if you're in Bristol, let's go out and get a couple of gender-inappropriate muffins together - just because we can. Who knew that you could make a political statement just by having dessert.

4 comments:

Trashbinder said...

Nothing wrong with taking a man's portion...

matty said...

Yay! Sugar and a political statement! Count me in!!!

Reluctant Nomad said...

I've recently rediscovered the joy of baking muffins. They all seem to be rather manly when it comes to size although, ironically, the banana ones were quite lady like.

Photgraphic evidence will be available shortly.

jetpack said...

well I'm proud to be seen buying the weightwatchers chocolate brownies and the go-ahead biscuits at the supermarket. But then they don't call them ladybiscuits, that would sound like a euphemism for something (I don't know what)