The Lunchbox Battlefield

At lunch time, elementary school children sit down and excitedly open their lunch boxes. They might sneak a glance at their friends’ lunches to consider a potential mutually beneficial exchange. However, American culture is not yet at the level of motherly competition of lunch box presentation that we encountered in the Anne Allison text. Allison asserts that the pervasiveness of the gendered obento box, where the quality of the box is a symbol/proxy for the quality of mothers, can be be blamed on state ideology.

Additionally, Becca’s comment about Pinterest, acting as our own “state ideology” was an interesting point because it is perhaps the best example of how females of our generation are trying to live up to a domesticity standard, but has adopted for technological growth. Combining both of these issues, I found a comical Pinterest page that posted creative ways that mother can organize and arrange their children’s lunch boxes.

The gourmet character of the lunch boxes posted on Pinterest could make anyone wish to have these mothers prepare their lunches for them! Technology has increasingly “upped the anti” and set a higher expectation for standards of lunch preparations, thus feeding the fire of mothers competition.