SOC 004 - Mayo - Kevy Chea SOC 001 A03 B Haynes 24 October...

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Kevy Chea SOC 001 - A03 B. Haynes 24 October 2016 Say No to Mayo With social control, an individual’s personality or even their decisions is malleable in every way whether one realizes it or not. It is seen as unusual behavior, or the person is viewed as being a deviant or inappropriate. One must abide by social norms or hidden rules in order to blend in with the rest of society. In this experiment, Marady Chhim and I, the experimenters, took turns as confederates in order to breach a sociological norm. One’s eating behavior is heavily influenced when in a social context. Often, when alone, one will eat what one wants without societal pressures. Social control can also influence one’s eating patterns as well even when one is alone, resulting in the high rise in eating disorders. Mayonnaise is typically seen as a condiment that will complement other dishes, for example, it is put in sandwiches or devilled eggs. One does not eat it by itself in public, directly out of the jar. The ingredients for mayonnaise may deter others from eating it by itself, since it is made of egg yolk, oil, and vinegar. For this experiment, vanilla pudding was used. Vanilla pudding is used because it is the same consistency and color of mayonnaise and can be disguised as mayonnaise when it is seen inside of a mayonnaise jar. We breached the norm of consuming spoonfuls of vanilla pudding that is held inside of a jar of mayonnaise, and ingest it in a public setting. We hypothesize that the responses upon eating a spoon of “mayonnaise” will bring up a wide range of negative reactions. We anticipate a lot of second glances;
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however, the reactions will largely be disgusted, and confused. We expect these reactions because these would be our own personal reactions upon seeing someone eating mayonnaise in public. Social control has bred our ideas of how mayonnaise should be consumed and in a western society, ingesting mayonnaise by itself is commonly agreed as “gross”.
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