Can Recipes Help Gender Equality?

Join Daphne Loads at 8.20pm, Tuesday 15th August at the New Town Theatre to discuss whether a traditional symbol of domesticity can really help women advance down the road to equality. 


Tell us a bit about yourself

University of Edinburgh Academic Developer

How does your CoDI show fit in with your research?

My main research interest is in professional development for academics who teach. This links with my work as co-editor of Equal Bite – a book about gender equality. What links both topics is the power of language.

I want to get people to think about how language shapes our thinking, our attitudes and our behaviour, and how we can use language in liberating and powerful ways. The recipe book “Equal Bite” is an example of just that.

 Why is the topic ‘dangerous’?

It can feel threatening to those who benefit from unfairness and privilege, and those who are scared of upsetting the status quo.

Does it rightly have this label? Is the topic unjustly controversial?

Yes. Gender equality doesn’t have to be a zero sum game. We can all gain from a fairer world.

Why is the topic important to you?

Because I’m interested in language and how it works and I want to do more about fairness.

Describe your show in 3 words


Why should the unenlightened Fringe-goer attend your show? What will they learn?

It’s unlikely that they are unenlightened. Probably just haven’t noticed some of the things I point out in the show. I hope they’ll learn about the power of language, and how to take hold of some of that power. And how funny and fascinating words can be. Oh and how to avoid a Handmaid’s Tale situation.


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