“In the postindustrial economy, feminism has been retooled as a vehicle for expression of the self, a ‘self’ as marketable consumer object, valued by how many times it’s been bought—or, in our electronic age, how many times it’s been clicked on. ‘Images of a certain kind of successful woman proliferate,’ British philosopher Nina Power observed of contemporary faux-feminism in her 2009 book, One-Dimensional Woman. ‘The city worker in heels, the flexible agency employee, the hard-working hedonist who can afford to spend her income on vibrators and wine—and would have us believe that—yes—capitalism is a girl’s best friend.’”
-Susan Faludi, in The Baffler, on the Lean In movement and the history of feminism and capitalism. Read more on Sheryl Sandberg here.
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I see problems with a narrow conception of feminism, but I always think it’s worth reading examinations of how feminism is a potential disruption to capitalism.
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How do you like your #consumption? Conspicuous? Myer already has its #Christmas department up and running. Just a reminder to #capitalism: it is only September. #sociology #visualsociology
Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother’s Day.
Jarvis was apparently none too happy with the commercialisation of her holiday. Jarvis started the Mother’s Day movement in 1914 to commemorate her mother, who had previously established the Mother’s Friendship Day to promote peace during the American Civil War. Jarvis reportedly hated what became of Mother’s Day, especially buying over-priced cards.
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