In "The Edible Woman," Peter says to Marian "women are so much better at arranging on plate." What aspects of food  does he associate with women? What does this tells us about his relationship...

In "The Edible Woman," Peter says to Marian "women are so much better at arranging on plate." What aspects of food  does he associate with women? What does this tells us about his relationship with Marian? is this comment here related to the way in which Marian is dressed for the party?

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For Peter,Marian is a character that has to fit herself to his storyline. She has to act perfectly, with lots of femininity, and in a certain and specific way that does not ruin his own vision of her and him as a couple. She has to act, pretend, and be whatever he wants her to be, She may call her a predator who would try to ruin his life, but ultimately he is the predator, and she the intended victim.

When he says that women are so much better at arranging he may have a double meaning: Either women arrange things better (as manservants) or that they are arrange-able. This means that, as objects of decoration, women have the ability to be whatever they want to be under the perspective of men. He was indeed talking about her rich and colorful red dress which was accentuated with exagerated eyelashes and lipstick. She disguised herself at what he expected her to look like.

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