Grant Writer, Art Historian, Will Bring Dessert
in Baton Rouge
Liz Goad is a grant writer living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned her M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from University of Denver in 2009. Since then, she has been writing grants and making various to-do lists at arts organizations that have included Museo de las Americas (Denver, CO), Manship Theatre, and Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
Studying the history of art enabled Liz to expand her worldview, immerse herself in other cultures, and avoid taking math courses in college. In addition to art history, Liz is obsessed with food and cooking. She gets really jazzed when these two interests overlap, like when researching the iconography of chocolate preparation and consumption as depicted on Pre-Columbian artifacts.
In her pursuit of knowledge and happiness, Liz has studied art and eaten chocolate in the following countries: Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, Peru, and the United States. She’s okay with white chocolate (hot take!) even though it’s not actually chocolate. She once had to give up chocolate for a year for medical reasons and it was maybe the worst time of her life.
Liz is the mom of two young boys and is married to a landscape architect, all of whom bring her an enormous amount of joy.
Eat Me: A Brief Look at the Long History of Women and Chocolate
"Decadent. Seductive. Sinful." When it comes to chocolate, sex sells. And it specifically sells to women. Even though research shows that men and women consume roughly the same amount of chocolate, advertisements are mainly targeted at women, encouraging them to "indulge" their cravings and deepest desires.
While this may seem like a new phenomenon, the association between chocolate and female sexuality predates the modern ad campaign. In fact, some scholars trace it all the way back to the Mesoamerican civilizations that first cultivated Theobroma cacao. Liz Goad takes a quick jog through chocolate’s long, tawdry history to find out where this theme originated and how it has evolved over the centuries.