Cameron Diaz: Mouthpiece of the Patriarchy

Cameron Diaz, now starring in Bad Teacher, has some real-life opinions about education. They’re a bit retro. For example, instead of algebra, Diaz feels students should be taught home economics. “Kids” should be taught how to cook and clean, because school is clearly the only place to learn those things. Her use of the word “kids” in the following quote is naively gender-neutral, since girls were usually the ones to take home ec, while boys took shop, according to my mother.

“I like to cook and I like to clean so I think I would be a pretty good home economics teacher. But they don’t teach kids that anymore. They don’t teach stuff that you can actually use in life. You learn stuff like algebra instead. So now we eat out all the time and don’t know how to look after ourselves. It’s all wrong.”

She’s right about the algebra thing. When’s the last time you dealt with an algebra problem in real life? Other than that, though, isn’t home ec generally regarded as an outdated institution? Training little girls to be housewives? Which isn’t to say we shouldn’t all learn to “look after ourselves” — but still. (Also, what does Cameron Diaz, a Hollywood actress, know about looking after herself? She presumably has cooks and trainers and the like.)

And this comes only a few days after the world received Cameron Diaz’s opinions on what women’s bodies should look like: according to her, the perfect breast should fit inside a champagne glass. “Many women think you need large breasts, but I’m the living proof that you can go far with small ones,” she said. And all this time I thought that small-breasted women could never succeed! Thanks, Cameron Diaz.

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