Monday, August 9, 2010

Not Cool

It was this line from one of those "don't take this too seriously, it's all just good fun" articles on CNN's Eatocracy web site that flipped my switch
"Guilty food pleasures: they're so wrong, yet oh-so right."
 I find the idea of "guilty food pleasures" to be ridiculous on it's face and completely irrelevant to my life. For me there is nothing I understand to be food  that is both pleasurable and capable of engendering guilt when eaten. The experiences of guilt and pleasure cannot coexist in my mind when I eat and have not since I was a child. I'm sure that there are adults who get hot and bothered by guilt when they eat something that makes them ululate when they masticate but that does not happen in me. This is mostly because I cannot experience pleasure at the same time that I experiencing feelings that are negative ( i.e. guilt) but also because I'm not going to eat something that I know is going make me experience negative emotions. Simply put, in my little corner of the universe there is no such thing as a "guilty food pleasure."

Then there is the notion that it's [oh-so] right to indulge in an activity that you believe to be wrong. I'm not sure how to think about this as anything other than a call to betray one's moral code. It suggests that as long as the end result is pleasure, you are free to eat things that you believe to be wrong to eat. I don't want to bother this  (I suspect) lighthearted article on the joys of eating junk food with too much analysis and criticism, but I think that anyone who eats something, experiences pleasure then feels "guilty" about what they have done, might want to reconsider their relationship to food and eating.

Perhaps it is needless to add that on those rare occasions when  I eat junk food AND experience pleasure I don't experience guilt.


Jessika said...

There's always the thing I, and many with me, were told; eat your food, think about all the starving children in Africa!

From that perspective any bite of food, even a few morsels of rice, will become something to feel guilty of.

Tags said...

I saw the list and they're all fake foods, so my guess is it's fake guilt, too.

Carrie said...

I was raised to believe in good food and bad food. Good food wasn't very tasty but was healthy, bad food tasted great and was something you should feel guilty about eating. It's taken me a long time to realize this is a screwed up way to view food.

Bob del Grosso said...

Yes, of course it is fake guilt. There is no there there.