During my time abroad I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to travel to Prague. Prague is a beautiful city in the Czech Republic known for it’s gothic architecture, cheap pub lunch specials and overall deep and interesting history. During my downtime I strolled through the city center in order to take in as much about it as I could. A few minutes into my stroll, not too far from the Prague Palace, I came across a very simple but alarming sign.
Let it be known that I only saw a sign like this once during my stay in Praha and that this offensive and dictatorial behavior was not an overarching characteristic of the Prague that I experienced. This week in class we mostly learned about food and the symbolism that it could potentially embody. Revisiting this picture after our discussions this past week only reinforces everything that Bourdieu explained in A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste. The “girl” is expected to stand up to the stereotype that society has set up for her. She is expected to eat food that is dainty and light such as the lightly oil-marinated chicken along with a light carb resistant mixed salad. The “boy” on the other hand gets to enjoy the heavier, fatty and in my opinion tastier food.
Aside from the pre-alocated menu, the use of the word only in both of “gender appropriate” dishes adds a level of restriction that would never be experienced here in America. By using the word only, the owners of the restaurant transformed what could of been taken as a forward suggestion into aggressive dining experience.