Justification includes citations.
Reflection on the project:
The kitchen has eternally been woman’s place in the home. While men are assigned to novel, more seasonal tasks, often those that require machinery, the socialization of household duties has assigned women to repetitive, everyday tasks such as cooking. I included a photo representing each decade from the 1910s to the present, showing the evolution of the kitchen from an industrial place to a domestic center to a place of comfort for a woman. Originally, my vision was to chronicle the strides that women made throughout the past century. With the advent of new technology and the three waves of feminism that have happened since, women are no longer slaves to the kitchen. We have the opportunities to pursue our own careers outside of the home, and we can turn our home into a haven for relaxation.
When Dr. Jelen commented on my photo essay, she said, “When I first saw your essay I thought it was about kitchens, but not about the women in them.” This statement reveals the implicit truth about women in the kitchen – that they are as much of a fixture in the kitchen as the appliances that they value. As Elana and Esra commented, women will forever be associated with the home and the kitchen in advertising and the media.
By choosing the title “The Place Where She Belongs,” I hope to convey both sides of the argument for and against women’s progress. The kitchen has moved from a necessary habitat for women to a place where women can enjoy themselves and entertain company, as Terra said. Yet stereotypes about woman still linger, and it’s hard to escape the domesticity that has become her captor. Depending on a woman’s class and background, the kitchen can remain a prison or be a place for relaxation and community. Either way, it’s “the place where she belongs.”