April 29, 2009
We talk about cookies a lot in the femoblogosphere, but it seems to me that this is a subject that is greatly misunderstood and misinterpreted. The most common thing I hear with regards to cookie misunderstanding is “but why *shouldn’t* people be rewarded for good behaviour?”
So today I am going to address this.
Absolutely it is great to reward people for good behaviour. Parenting 101 tells us that it is much more beneficial (though not always easier) to notice and reward good behaviour than to berate and punish bad behaviour. However, this is not what we are talking about when we are referring to feminist cookies.
What we are talking about is the expectation of, or the giving of, accolades to people for merely meeting the basic standards of non-misogyny. So you think women are people? Well yeah, that is great, but it is not exactly above and beyond the call of duty is it?
And yet, some people still do want credit for these basic things “but I am not a rapist!”, “I don’t hit women!”, “I read books by female authors!”. So to that end I made a batch of extra special tasty feminist cookies. All cookie images are usable under a creative commons non-commercial share-alike licence so feel free to distribute as needed :)
A Big thanks to Callistra for her collaboration and help with the icing writing. All my cookies are gluten free–so enjoy!