Chocoholism


Do women really go crazy for chocolate? Cristen and Caroline unpack the old stereotype of women's chocolate obsessions, one of advertising's greatest confections.

Episode sources:

"Bittersweet News: Chocolate May Trigger Acne" by Rachael Rettner. April 23, 2013. LiveScience. http://www.livescience.com/28956-chocolate-consumption-acne.html

"Chocolate Cravings and PMS" by Go Ask Alice. Updated May 17, 2013. Columbia University. http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/chocolate-cravings-and-pms

"Chocoholics, Take Note: Cravings Don't Increase Before Menstruation" by MyHealthNewsDaily Staff. July 27, 2012. LiveScience. http://www.livescience.com/21929-menstruation-chocolate-cravings.html

"Cuckoo for Cocoa" by L.V. Anderson. 2012. Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/02/valentine_s_day_do_women_crave_chocolate_or_is_that_a_stereotype_.html

"Curiosities: Why does it seem women like chocolate so much more than men do?" April 25, 2007. University of Wisconsin. http://www.news.wisc.edu/13719

"'Germany Votes White': Chocolate Ad Sparks Racism Accusations" by Thomas Rogers. Aug. 30, 2013. Spiegel. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/ferrero-white-chocolate-ad-in-germany-sparks-accusations-of-racist-message-a-919504.html

"How Chocolate Works" by Marshall Brain and Shanna Freeman. HowStuffWorks. http://www.howstuffworks.com/innovation/edible-innovations/chocolate.htm

"Naomi Campbell in race row over Cadbury chocolate" by Susie Mesure. May 29, 2011. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/advertising/naomi-campbell-in-race-row-over-cadbury-chocolate-2290405.html

"Prevention: Evidence of Heart Benefits From Chocolate" by Nicholas Bakalar. Aug. 30, 2011. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/30/health/30prevention.html?pagewanted=print

"Sex and Candy" by Samira Kawash. Feb. 14, 2014. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/14/opinion/sex-and-candy.html?_r=0

Academic insights:

"Beyond Cravings: Gender and Class Desires in Chocolate Marketing" by Jamal Fahim. 2010. Occidental College. http://scholar.oxy.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=sociology_student

"Chocolate and women's health: An intriguing correlation" by Salonia, A. et al. May 2006. Journal of Sexual Medicine. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16681473

"Chocolate and Cheese: Their Effects on Mood" by Valerie Gross and Joanne D Altman. Washburn University. May 29, 2009. Association for Psychological Science. http://psychologicalscience.org/convention/program_2009/search/viewProgram.cfm?Abstract_ID=16398&subject_id=all&keyword=Emotion

"From Romance to PMS: Images of Women and Chocolate in 20th-c. America" by Kathleen Banks Nutter. Excerpted from "Edible Ideologies: Representing Food and Meaning." 2008. SUNY Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=vjUSAwAAQBAJ&dq=From+Romance+to+PMS:+Images+of+Women+and+Chocolate+in+Twentieth-Century+America&source=gbs_navlinks_s

Topics in this Podcast: Valentine's Day, sugar, Food