In May we featured a block of cheese that inspired quite the response. Riffing off the name “Monterey Jack,” a company was selling “Monterey Jill”: the same old cheese, but reduced fat. It was an excellent example of the way dieting is feminized.
People — myself included — were pretty stunned to see gendered cheese; who knew this was going to be a thing. In fact, Liam sent us an example of gendered string cheese with the exact same theme: there’s string cheese animated by a male character and reduced-fat string cheese animated by a female character. Also, they’re surfing; aaaaaand I have no analysis of that.
Thanks for reminding the ladies to be worried about their waistlines cheese people! It’s not as if we don’t get that message absolutely every time we turn around!Lisa Wade, PhD is an Associate Professor at Tulane University. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture; a textbook about gender; and a forthcoming introductory text: Terrible Magnificent Sociology. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Harper Lee Haynes — July 3, 2013
Let's not forget that Mr. Boy Cheese is carrying a book and wearing glasses, for the trivia edition. That, in combination with everything else, is not a mistake. All the girl gets is a fabulous outfit for her stringy good-looks. Like much of gendered advertising, femininity is reduced to physical appearance, while masculinity gets to have a mind attached to the (cheese) body.
Kate — July 3, 2013
And the pink lips, because... girl. Also, "Stringsters" must be a term for these cheese folk who surf. At least they're being active?
Elly — July 3, 2013
What makes it even more ridiculous is that there's only a trivial difference in total calories (approx. 10 kcal per "string") between the regular and (implied) "diet" versions.
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Elena — July 4, 2013
Also, they’re surfing; aaaaaand I have no analysis of that.
Surfing was fresh and young in the 1960s, when the Beach Boys topped the charts and Elvis made films in Hawaii. See TV Tropes, Totally Radical. And tubular. Cowabunga, dude.
Ruby — July 5, 2013
Good observation about "Trivia" and bookishness being associated with the "boy cheese." On a more superficial note, I also noticed that "70 cal per serving" is written in pink, whereas "90 cal per serving" is in orange. Both packages alternate between red and blue as dominant colors, inverting the logo colors a bit. While the "girl cheese" packet is dominated by blue, it is also the only one that includes pink, reinforcing the "pink is for girls only" message.
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blac — September 15, 2014
why not the weird new world of GUY CHEESE? so the guy cheese is the default cheese~~~ what even...
rachel — April 5, 2015
And the girl only gets half the clothes the boy gets.