Metaphors And How Do Food Metaphors For Different Genders Create An Unbalanced Power Dynamic?

1274 Words Oct 18th, 2016 6 Pages
To most people, metaphors are devices used mostly in literary contexts to make a comparison between two object. However, it should be noted that metaphors are often used in simple human interactions, such as the calling of pet names for one another. George Lakoff, a leading researching in the field of linguistics, argues that metaphors “are pervasive in everyday life, not just in language but in thought and action” (Lakoff and Johnson, 1980). In this case, people use metaphors to understand new concepts without noticing it. Perhaps, this can explain the usage of food metaphors for women and men in society. Though they are thought of as harmless and affectionate, food metaphors for women and men can create a power difference between individuals. Thus, the following research question is proposed: R1: How do food metaphors for different genders create an unbalanced power dynamic? My first step was to gather as many food metaphorical expression as possible. Because colloquial slang is considered improper in an academic setting, I looked through a variety of sources including magazines and websites (e.g.,,, and past lexical analyses of gender and language. All this data collection resulted in a large set of terms for women and a smaller set of terms for men (see appendix). The most common desert metaphors found were cutie pie, cupcake, tart, phrases referring to candy, and honey. For men, food metaphors used to describe men were not…

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