Author: Emily Contois

Our Food Media Top 10

I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Food Media at The University of Tulsa this semester. The majority of my twelve students were media studies majors, but others are majoring in music, psychology, political science, and accounting. None of them had taken a food-studies-type course before. Some of them weren’t all that interested in food at the beginning of our semester, though that would change! On our last day of class, we enjoyed a final meal together and worked on a top ten list of what we learned over the course of the semester. Our list includes particular readings, concepts, experiences, skills, and feelings. Here’s what resonated most with my students this semester: Food is more than just food. We should study it seriously. Food reveals a great deal about the structural (in)equalities and (in)justice of the societies in which we live. Food is gendered, from the theorization of food porn to “the woman problem” of the culinary industry to the ongoing inequitable divide of domestic food labor. “Authentic” and “ethnic” are complicated and problematic terms that we’ll …