consumerism

Pretty Unnecessary: Taking beauty out of body positivity

In the early 2000s, when I was a burgeoning fashionable fat girl, I stumbled across the LiveJournal community Fatshionista. I loved seeing pictures of women my size or larger dressed in stylish, interesting, sexy clothes, embracing bright colors and form-fitting cuts, performing liberation and... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Ladies Be Shopping

  Women and shopping have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, there's the stereotype that all women loooove shopping—and that we throw away money on frivolous goods. On the other, there's the reality that women are the primary shoppers for ... Read more »

The Problems with Pinktober

The annual pink ribbon extravaganza has millions of Americans walking, running, racing and selling merchandise “for the cure.” Read more »

Popaganda: Subverting the Holidays

Four tales of holiday subversion. Read more »

Nestle's New Scam: Marketing "Electrolytenment" Water For Affluent Women

From Project Runway’s current season: Oh God, the glamping! During its 12 seasons, Project Runway, Lifetime’s reality competition show with fashion designers angling to be “in,” has earned its... Read more »

Rise of the Penis Piñata: The big business of bachelorette parties.

Image via venassa A few weeks ago, I attended a friend's bachelorette party. In the days preceding, my kitchen morphed into a workshop dedicated to constructing penis-shaped objects to eat and to hit. Resting atop my kitchen table like a prize pig at a state fair was a large pink papier-mâché... Read more »

The Great Gatsby's Daisy Problem

Watching Baz Luhrmann’s new film The Great Gatsby feels like chugging an entire bottle of cheap champagne: A giddy, fantastic, sugar rush soon turns to a morose headache. Read more »

Better Homes & Bloggers: Are lifestyle blogs a new way for women to compare themselves and come up short?

Today, Elsie Larson is wearing gold. “I'm kinda obsessed with gold lately,” she writes, “Gold details, jewelry, even metallic fabrics like this gold skirt that [my sister] Emma wore.” Kaylah Doolan has decorated her home for Christmas and shares photos of the end result— reindeer lights... Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Giving, Giving

The message for this year's final and ULTIMATE favorite things was "giving back." But does that message get lost when combined with consumerism and our own sense of entitlement? Read more »

The Long Goodbye: Call the Ambulance, Because it

In response to the economic downturn over the past two years, Oprah has dialed back the rampant consumerism associated with her "Favorite Things" shows. But this is Oprah's ULTIMATE Favorite Things year, so hold onto your super expensive hats! 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 »