The paleo diet and assumptions that women gathered while men hunted in the paleo era is a sexist assumption that has been disproved. There is plenty of proof that women AND men hunted.
The paleo diet, when it is attached to reminiscing about the days when men hunted and women looked gorgeous, appears to be an attempt on behalf of some "nerdy/macho" men to reclaim their masculine identity. It should be noted that men who do this are being sexist towards women by ESSENTIALIZING and GENERALIZING- creating sexist stereotypes.
Men AND women are dieters. Men AND women are vegans. Men AND women are vegetarians. I thoroughly disagree that veganism/ vegetarianism is a "chick" movement, and I disagree that men have no part in "feminine vegetable" diets. Why is diet associated with feminine and masculine identities? Because of sexism.
Now, to prove that women read just as much scientific literature as men, I must say I stumbled across the paleo diet while reading science case studies. As a feminist, this "paleo diet" stinks of a new form of machoism taking root. Perhaps female scientists are not being read by the "male paleo" community? Perhaps female bloggers, like PhD Darya Pino at summertomato.com, are being ignored due to their gender?
The fact is, putting a gender to a dieting movement that will save the world's health is like saying men or women have a claim to success due to their gender. Men and women both have a claim to equality in the science community.
I eat a paleo diet not for vanity or weight, but because I lift weights and am seeing good results proven to be associated with good health, blood glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, etc.
I want to thank other female commentators for responding to this post. I wish for people to avoid attaching gender to successful scientific claims.
There is just no proven correlation between gender, food, clothes, and lifestyle. The proof is in the diversity of our sexual community- heterosexuals, homosexuals, transgendered, bisexuals, etc. Humans have had diversity from the get go. Therefore, it is not fair to associate females with any type of lifestyle really. Females= gatherers is just wrong. Females= skinny blonde vegetarian is just wrong.
Wake up fat frat boys, stop making assumptions and stop writing like macho frat boys!
-Feminist, political scientist, activist, and pissed off "paleo/healthy" dieter
p.s. Don't stereotype me either. No I am not a hairy, obese, ugly, rejected female that most men like to posit as feminists. I am actually quite friendly.