Becca Rea-Tucker has been “saying it with sugar” since 2018 and now more than ever, this feminist baker is helping to shift the conversation and inspire change around women’s issues by using a more unconventional platform: cakes.
Becca Rae-Tucker has been “saying it with sugar” since 2018 and now more than ever, this feminist baker is helping to shift the conversation and inspire change around women’s issues by using a more unconventional platform: cakes.
Topics Discussed with Becca Rea-Tucker
- Becca’s first experience with baking.
- Becca’s first blog was called “Flours in Your Hair.”
- When and why did Becca start The Sweet Feminist account?
- The conversational shift that happened in Becca’s work.
- The direction she is now taking her feed after gaining more confidence.
- What made Becca decide to start taking ownership of her account and being more visible with her own personal journey?
- How she handles haters on her feed and how she keeps going.
- Becca’s new book Baking By Feel and how it can be used to identify and process emotions.
- Becca’s favorite recipe in her new book.
- We can use baking as a way to process our emotions.
- How does Becca come up with her recipes?
- Feminist values vs. the way society thinks a woman should “act” in a certain way to be called “sweet.”
- She’s self-taught.
- Creating a movement with baked goods.
- Why Becca decided to focus on abortion rights in her work.
- For decades, women were told that they should stay in the kitchen rather than join the workforce. Through The Sweet Feminist account, Becca takes baking and gives it a feminist twist.
- Becca’s goal is to highlight abortion care through her work.
- Why it’s more impactful when you’re visible in your work.
- Does Becca think of herself as a movement maker?
- When did Becca develop her feminist values?
- Women lead from a place of conviction in their knowledge and with community-building.
(3:20) I started the sweet feminist in 2018. It’s been about four years now. And as I mentioned, I was living in Washington DC and it was a very politically charged time and I was looking for a creative outlet and a way to connect with other people. So I was like, okay, like I already make cakes maybe I’ll try writing stuff on them and posting it. And then that grew much bigger than I ever anticipated.
(5:57) It’s so important to humanize your content. I think it’s more impactful, more powerful if you are visible in your work. I try to show up as authentically and genuinely as I can.
(8:42) My most recent project is a cookbook called Baking by Feel. People use baking as a way to process emotions. They’ve always done this. It’s something that’s been very clear during the COVID pandemic. People use these sorts of tactile hobbies as a way to process their emotions. And so what I’m doing with this book is just kind of giving people a structure and a format to do that.
(13:39) Cooking and baking has always been a part of movements. Women baked together as points of community and they were the people that were feeding activists and people in these movements like that have always been a crucial component, which is really inspiring to me. We want to think of the contribution of cooking and baking as something where people were just in their house, but actually, it was a side of the community and a powerful one.
(14:07) Many of the women that I admire lead from a place of conviction in their strengths and knowledge, abilities as well as a commitment to community building and this sort of genuine care and respect for people around them and those they’re fighting for or supporting.
(16:04) The abortion rights space is what I’ve decided to focus on because I think that’s where I can make the most impact and specifically I’m focused on getting rid of the shame and stigma around abortion care and people who have abortions. And I’m really committed to being in that space. And I call myself pro-abortion and what that means is I’m fighting for a future where everyone can have access to the abortion care that they need without barriers, shame, or stigma.
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I’ve been “saying it with sugar” since 2018 on my Instagram account @thesweetfeminist. From pro-abortion pies to prison abolitionist sugar cookies, I’ve never shied away from adorning my baked goods with my opinions, including my belief that all feelings are valid and deserve to be fully experienced.
Approachable recipes for fancy baked things from a messy cook in Washington DC.
Baking by Feel: Recipes to Sort Out Your Emotions (Whatever They Are Today!) [Rea-Tucker, Becca] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Baking by Feel: Recipes to Sort Out Your Emotions (Whatever They Are Today!)
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