consumerism

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 »

The Long Goodbye: What's Class Got to Do With It?

Taking a look back at the Oprah/Hermes incident. Read more »

Mad World Open Thread: Which ads have *actually* compelled you to buy something?

OK folks. We’re a little busy here at Bitch HQ today getting ready for our Compromising Positions Forum tonight (you’re coming, right?) so it seemed like the perfect time for a Mad World open forum. The prompt: Which ads have... Read more »

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 »

On the Map: Do Do-Gooder Celebs Actually Do Good?

Eco-consumerism is not the answer, Miranda Kerr. Not even if you take off your clothes. Read more »

On the Map: Fashion and Fundraising with The Uniform Project

In Mumbai and Delhi, several fashion designers are making their radical politics known on the runway, and in fashion capital New York City, one Indian woman is drawing attention to the need... 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 »