Why men give festive season cooking a miss
LONDON: With the festive season approaching, it is the kind of news likely to leave flustered housewives shaking their heads in disbelief.
A third of men, it is reckoned, won’t lift a finger in the kitchen this Christmas.
But as fed-up women across the land cry “Only a third?”, it appears men have come up with some pretty good excuses for their idleness at Christmas.
A lack of confidence, previous failures and complicated recipes are the main reasons men say they don’t want to get involved on December 25.
Many others won’t go near the kitchen because they believe their other half is happy to take care of everything.
The survey, by Red Tractor beef and lamb, also revealed that one in two women would like more help at Christmas.
A spokesman said: “We all know that women do a lot of work at Christmas, but men shouldn’t make up excuses for not helping out or be afraid of the kitchen.
“They shouldn’t let previous mistakes put them off having a go at recipes.”
A third of men say they have no confidence when it comes to Christmas cooking, with a fifth saying they feel lost in the kitchen.
One in six said previous criticism of his efforts had put him off attempting to prepare festive foods ever again.
Almost one fifth of men say they do not cook at all.
Recent Hull University research into gender differences in the kitchen found that men’s lack of help is not down to laziness, but an inherent lack of confidence built up from an early age.
A university spokesman said: “It’s not that men don’t want to cook, it’s just that they need the encouragement.” – Daily Mail