Kitchen is a fairly straightforward word in Japanese: キッチン (kicchin) or the slightly more Japanese sounding 台所（だいどころ). But how many of you have heard of calling it 勝手(かって)? 勝手 is usually a fun word when you want to show annoyance and is most commonly found in the phrase 勝手に(verb), for “do (verb) as you please!” Usually there is a hint of a person being selfish and you are letting them know that. 勝手にしろ！
But 勝手 means kitchen also.
Your door in your kitchen that leads outside your house (backdoor)?
You can already feel the historical sexism oozing out of this one. It actually started with Japanese archery.
Your right hand, which pulls the string is referred to as 勝手. This hand has a lot more freedom (and ability to do as you please) than your left hand （押し手 — おしで) holding the bow. This freedom was later compared to the only place which a woman could use freely: the kitchen. Yeah…
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