consumerism

Consumer Retorts: Are Anti-Hauls the Antidote to YouTube’s Cult of Consumerism?

Swapping “whatever you are will never be enough” for “whatever you have will never be enough” is a lateral move at best. Read more »

Day of Woe: Black Friday Has a Darker Message This Year

Anti-capitalism activism is so much bigger than one day, and Black Friday is hell, no matter which way you slice it, so do what feels best for you. Read more »

Behind the Pink Curtain: The Soft Sell of Multilevel Marketing

There’s no way to make money from MLMs. Read more »

Home Run: How Neoliberalism Took Over Home-Makeover Shows

One thing home-makeover shows have decidedly done is recalibrate what poverty looks like. Read more »

Who Owns Afropunk?

The annual festival is no longer an enclave for Black punks seeking refuge from whiteness. Read more »

Brewed Awakening: Has Coffee Culture Become Too Gendered? Talk Amongst Yourselves

Coffee—especially strong, black coffee—is coded as unquestionably masculine. Read more »

No Innocent Dance: The Casual Imperialism of the American Tourist

Every Western tourist is a capitalist, exploiting the world with every step of their beaded thong sandal. Read more »

Curses and Kitchens: “Jell-O Girls” Looks at the Secret, Sexist History of America’s Classic Dessert

“Jell-O Girls” is at once a memoir, a family history, and an overview of the domestication (and dissolution) of the American kitchen. Read more »

Uninformed and Uncompensated: Between 23andMe and Ancestry, Who Owns Our Genetic Data?

With the increasing popularity of genetic home-test kits, our DNA might soon be at the disposal of scientists without our knowledge, with semi-dubious consent, and without any credit or compensation. Read more »

Big Money, Little Vision: “Ocean’s 8” Serves Up a Marketplace Feminist Heist

Ryn, Helen, and Donna are challenging Bristol Cove’s violent legacy. Read more »

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Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »