But the roundup, which consists of “six meat-tastic videos of men,” leaves out any “meat-tastic” videos of women that the magazine might have on hand, and hardly mentions the fact that women grill—and love to grill—just as much as their male counterparts. In fact, the accompanying article, written by staff writer Sam Dean, originally read: “It’s a cliche because it’s true: men like grilling things. Women like grilling things too, of course, but at this point in history, grilling, like crying about sports and being a Fortune 500 CEO, is firmly located in the domain of Dude.”
Grilling has long been billed as a “dude-only” occupation, and the culture around it—replete with “King of the Grill”-emblazoned aprons, burgers-barbecue-beer mantra, and even, at some supermarkets, a specifically designed “man aisle”—is unabashedly exclusive of women.
As Father’s Day approaches and gift-giving guides grow heavy with grilling equipment, it is important to remember that the grill is a summer hobby, not a dude hobby.
Following an enraged Twitter comment from former AOL Grilling Editor and current Managing Editor of Eatocracy Kat Kinsman (“I have a damn master's degree that entailed actively setting fire to metal. Why in the universe are you gendering a cooking method?”), Bon Appétit’s editor, Adam Rapoport, amended Dean’s original phrasing. It now reads, “It’s a cliche because it’s true: men like grilling things. Women like grilling things too, of course, but at this point in history, grilling, like crying about sports and [inadvertently sexist attempt at humor deleted], is firmly located in the domain of Dude.” He also included an editor’s note apologizing for the sexist comment.
But Kinsman said it best: “I wish for nothing but peace in our fiery times. And gender equality around the fire pit.”