Why men give fes­tive sea­son cook­ing a miss

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

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

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