The last time I shucked oysters, I went with J (a white American girl), R (an Italian guy), two of R’s girl friends from Italy, C (a Chinese girl who grew up in Australia), C’s guy friend from college, and the Boyfriend. The oysters were fresh and delicious, and we had a great time shucking, drinking, and eating. I kept loose track of who did what, and this is what I noticed:
- The Italian girls waited for the guys to shuck the oysters before eating them politely.
- The Chinese-American/Australian girls shucked their own oysters and ate them.
- The white American girl shucked and did not eat because she didn’t like the taste of oysters.
This translates into the following sociological conclusions:
- Italian women expect men to do all manual labor.
- Chinese women will do anything if there is food involved.
- White American women like to do things purely for “the experience.”