I do not eat rice cakes and salad

An ode to the joys of not enjoying "chick food"

Published July 7, 2009 9:08PM (EDT)

This morning, a story came over the Broadsheet transom: "Do you eat dude food? Does your guy like chick drinks?" about eating and gender stereotypes. Rebecca Traister, currently on book leave, was nonetheless inspired to write the following poem, which we share with you now:

I do not eat rice cakes and salad

I do not eat things bland and pallid

I will not eat yogurt parfait

Life's not about how much I weigh

I don't like crap in place of lunch

When what I crave are taste and crunch (but not rice cakes)

I'll have good pizza, I'll have some sushi

I'll eat a cheeseburger with John Belushi

I'm a chick, there's no doubt of it

But take your Diet Coke and shove it


By Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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