“Women frequently cooperate and work as team members especially with female coworkers in fields … which have a high percentage of female workers. But in fields with a higher percentage of male workers, women may be excluded from acquiring workplace skills and they may even lose confidence in their abilities to perform even basic tasks.”—
- Kathryn Borman, Ellen Puccia, Amy F. McNulty & Bill Goddard, Observing the Workplace
It’s less relevant here but one more reason I find fashion-shaming an uncompelling critical approach is the ways in which conspicuous consumption ideology has been unevenly and asymmetrically applied to people of color across the class and gender spectrums.
I’m more interested in critiquing the structures of wealth and wage inequality and the systemic practices of financial companies that have resulted in the racial disparity in credit card debt that give shape to the differential meanings, possibilities, and relations to consumption for marginalized people.
I think a more compelling critique of Eastwood and Shield’s art project is one that focuses on their obnoxious glorification of conspicuous wastefulness.
A little piece by foreign policy expert, Anne Marie Slaughter, for all those working mamas out there that are struggling to balance work & family & everything else
while the empowerment part of the equation has been loudly celebrated, there has been very little honest discussion among women of our age about the real barriers and flaws that still exist in the system despite the opportunities we inherited.
Many of these women are worrying not about having it all, but rather about holding on to what they do have.
One of the best ways to move social norms in this direction is to choose and celebrate different role models.
… it is interesting that gravitas and parenthood don’t seem to go together.