Guys, Here's Why You Need To Make Your Own Damn Plate At Thanksgiving Dinner


The conversation over whether or not a woman should prepare her man’s plate has become somewhat of a Thanksgiving tradition on social media and I’m dumbfounded as to why or how we even got here. Every time I see it, I’m tempted to log off — mostly because of the people who are so pro-plate.


Maybe it’s because I wasn’t raised in the South (the hemisphere where a lot of people I refer to as platers seem to dwell) or it was because I was raised by a man who was adamant that I never make a woman wait on me hand and foot. Whatever it is, I can’t for the life of me understand how this became another thing a woman has to do for her man. There are a lot of traditions I’ve heard women should uphold like cooking and cleaning, and even those weren’t so much requirements as they were preferences. All I’ve ever really wanted a woman to do is woman-stuff: Be my wife, have my babies, breastfeed them. You know, shit I can’t do myself.

Making a man a plate seems like a rule that came out of the stone age and when I think about it, that seems to be the only time this rule made sense. Since the only way a family could eat in those B.C. days was by a man going out in the wilderness and hunting that night’s dinner, of course it made sense for a woman to make him a plate. But I haven’t seen a spear outside of a museum so I don’t know why we’re still asking women to treat us like cavemen.

I have compiled a small list of why men can and should make their own plate. Originally it was going to be a long list, but the more I thought about all the arguments a person could have on behalf of platers the more I got dizzy from shaking my head at such absurdity. So, here it is, four very simple reasons you should make your damn plate.

1. It’s not that hard

Have you ever fixed yourself a plate of food? Since most people reading this post are over the age of eight, I’m going to assume you have. Now do you ever remember it being difficult? Me neither, so why the hell would I act like I need someone else to do this task for me?

2. Portion control

One thing that annoys my girlfriend is how much food I always take for myself at gatherings. She thinks I’m greedy, when I’m really just hungry, so to avoid an argument, I serve myself. I’d rather get my own plate that is 90 percent meat than ask her to make me a plate and get well-balanced proportions that I never asked for.


3. You didn’t cook

In my household, I can never recall the men cooking Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not saying this is how it is supposed to be. For a couple of years my boys and I did a Friendsgiving in which all of the fellas cooked dishes, so I actually have no problems cooking, but I also have no problems not cooking Thanksgiving dinner. So if my lady has spent all day in the kitchen, roasting, basting, chopping and slicing, why would she need to prepare the plate too? She did all of the heavy lifting, the actual cooking. All I have to do is eat the food and the only thing easier than that is taking a nap after I’m done.


4. It’s a damn plate…a plate.

The gesture is a sweet one, and I get it, but it’s also a drop in the bucket of grease we use for fried turkey. It doesn’t demonstrate any kind of qualities that will make us decide whether or not we want to marry the woman and if it does, you need to see if they’re serving standards at your family meal and cover your plate in them. Let’s stop acting like women need to do this menial task if they want to get chose, like we don’t already know, long before the mac n’ cheese is done, whether we’re going to be with her for the long run or not. If she does it, that doesn’t mean she’s marriage material. Hell it doesn’t even mean she wants to marry you. If a woman fixes you a plate, it’s probably because she just wanted to be nice, and if she didn’t fix you a plate let it be because you know you’re capable of doing this your damn self.

Jozen Cummings is a senior manager at Bleacher Report. He is the founder and creator of the blog His work has been featured at, Deadspin, and many other publications.


Medium Meech

Interesting seeing the perspective on the act of making a man a plate from someone not from the South. Let me give you the perspective of someone at home in the South for the holidays; basically your number 4 nails it, it's a sweet gesture but ultimately a drop in the bucket.

Where the uninformed and somewhat stereotypical views of the South start to creep in is when you imply that making plates is somehow rooted in a culture of (Southern?) women waiting on men hand and foot. At the same time southern children were taught to say please, thank you, Yes ma'am, to open doors for women, pull out chairs, carry all manner of bags for any able bodied woman you see, men taking out the trash, and quite honestly just being polite, we were taught that a woman making a plate was a courtesy. Me opening a door doesn't make me her butler.

I basically think you don't know enough Southern women. You would be gravely mistaken if you believed that one making you a plate was any indication whatsoever of her servitude to male-kind. Some of the strongest women I know would make you a plate one minute and tell you about yourself the next. Note: I can only speak for black Southern culture.