Today I overheard a female acquaintance of mine talk about a get-together she had with a few of her female friends last weekend. They had to celebrate something and thus cooked dinner together. So far so good. It got interesting when she elaborated on the various constraints those women brought up. Of a total of eight women, three were lactose intolerant, two claimed to have a gluten allergy, and one, not counted among the previous women, even went for the hattrick of lactose intolerance plus gluten allergy plus self-inflicted veganism. They had to prepare a special meal for her.
My numbers may be off, but my perception is that gluten intolerance is exceedingly rare, something like 1 in 200. Lactose intolerance is a sliding scale. Quite a few people are probably somewhat lactose intolerant. Heck, if I drink a gallon of milk a day, my body rebels as well. Probably people for which lactose intolerance is a severe issue are as rare as 1 in 200 if not a lot less. Veganism is, of course, a poor lifestyle choice. You can join that kind of militant food activism yourself if you are so inclined. Yet, those people are a minority as well.
As I was aware of those odds, my knee-jerk response was that those women probably don’t suffer from any of this but simply like the attention that comes with claiming to have some kind of food allergy. This might sound absurd, but then you have to recall that small children sometimes pretend to be sick because they know they get a lot of attention from their parents as well as their friends.
This reminds me that I once dated a girl who seemed to have fairly regular eating habits. One time, though, I opened the fridge and saw ersatz products like so-called soy milk — this is not milk; it’s also not particularly healthy — and other products for people with lactose intolerance. I asked her what the matter was as I did not have the impression that she had an issue with eating dairy products. Her response was the following:
“I just wanted to try out those products to see if I like them.”
I concluded that she was bonkers. She deliberately bought products that were more expensive and, presumably, of a worse quality than the real thing. Furthermore, her motivation was to see if she would find those products palatable. If they didn’t taste that bad, she could then pull out a victim card that states “lactose intolerance” and have other people bend over for her to accommodate her supposed issue. Just imagine you are a dumb chick with nothing going for yourself, and then you figure out that “one weird trick” that makes people pay attention! I can certainly see the appeal of that.
Of course, some of you may now claim that I belittle the suffering of the truly lactose intolerant. Give me a break! We are talking about a minuscule number of people. Furthermore, those people are a lot more inclined to just avoid certain kinds of food instead of drawing attention to their issues.
On a related note, if you go through the people you know who publicly declare to have a gluten allergy or are lactose intolerant, what kind of person do you see? I did this exercise myself, and I all I could conjure up were images of weak leftist cretins. Among women having a gluten allergy seems to be all the rage these days. However, I also recall encounters with weak, effeminate men who proclaimed to have various food allergies. It’s basically always just little whiny bitches, male or female.