Eve Got a Bad Rap

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Eve got a bad rap. She took that piece of fruit, not because she wanted to have more knowledge than God but because she was hungry. How many of us women actually feel we need more knowledge? We’re fairly good to go in that arena.

However, how many of us are watching our weight? How many of us are hungry all of the time? And since the garden had no dress code prior to the apple, you can imagine the pressure on Eve to stay svelte.

I go to bed thinking about breakfast, and wake up excited because I know that I get to eat. Women have a love affair with food that men will never understand. Maybe food is like that good looking guy we know we’re supposed to avoid. That Hershey Kiss is our James Dean, leaning against the kitchen counter with a sultry look and a cigarette, beckoning us to partake of something that is definitely, irrevocably bad for us.

Other women throughout literature and history have gotten bad raps for their obsession with food. Whether she said it or not, a quote attributed to Marie Antoinette during the revolution is Let them eat cake. She didn’t mean to be condescending or trite with that remark, she was just thinking about food.

You know how most women prefer kissing to any other sexual act? Well, here’s why. It’s kind of disgusting, but the theory is that Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning. No wonder we’re disappointed with the way some men kiss; we don’t want to share saliva, we want a snack to be passed between us.

In her book I’d Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to Love My Low Libido, author Joan Sewell admits that she’d rather eat chocolate than have sex.

Admit it – when are you happiest? Getting into bed with an amorous husband or sitting down with a bag of M&M’s to watch some Lifetime television?

I can only speak for myself, but unlike Jerry Maguire, I stare at a bowl of popcorn, a bag of M&Ms and a Coke and say, You complete me.

From her book Women Food and God, author Geneen Roth says: The relentless attempts to be thin take you further and further away from what could actually end your suffering: getting back in touch with who you really are. Your true nature. Your essence.

I believe that means I can eat. Now please excuse me while I grab some chocolate :).