Sexism, Wine and Politics
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett finds himself in hot water for what is being deemed a sexist statement about women and wine. In a recent interview in which the Governor was touting his attempt to privatize the Pennsylvania’s government-run alcohol sales system, allow private stores including grocery stores to sell wine and other alcohol rather than having to go to a state store, he said women would support his reforms because it would save them time preparing dinner:
“I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women, want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.”
Critics and political opponents are saying that the governor is sexist in assuming that, as the Huffington Post and his political opponents put it, “Apparently, only women make dinner.” The implication is that the Governor believes a women’s place is in the kitchen.
I don’t know if the Governor is sexist. However, I do know his is in the middle of a political campaign and that his logic concerning wine, state liquor system reform, grocery shopping and women in the kitchen is correct. Consider the following:
According to the Wine Market Council as reported in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Women buy 60 percent of all wine in this country and 85 percent of wines priced under $18.
In addition, women cook 78% of dinners, make 93% of food purchases and spend 3 times as many hours in the kitchen as men.
If there is a likelihood of support for liquor reform based on the time it would save to be able to purchase wine when you purchase groceries, then women would certainly seem more likely to support these reforms.