> mainly features people bemoaning how stupid it is, how there's no need to make silly changes
Daughter loved lion shirt from boy's dept. Wore it to nursery school. Boy wearing same shirt. She refused to wear lion shirt ever again.
For a number of reasons I am totally fascinated by the home shopping channels on TV, especially the peek into the world outside my very blue bubble.
One thing that is so weird to me is the insanely gendered way products are presented and sold.
No matter what the item, if it comes in multiple colors there is always a color (black, blue, grey) for "the men." If the "manly" colors sell out it's so weird to watch the hosts twist themselves into a knot rationalizing why your man or your son might be able to live with a red or purple laptop or set of sheets--maybe it's school colors? Team colors? Of course, there are often options with lots of bling because LL Cool Bling I guess, unless they're "wild" in which case there are plenty of animal prints usually available, too.
There are a million examples, but it's really so bad that they actually talk about how some items/colors are "gender-friendly." (I think the term gender-friendly was probably uttered by one host and all the rest just ran with it. They obviously mean "gender-neutral" but it's interesting that it's framed as being "friendly.") There are also occasionally hosts and presenters who joke about carrying a pink laptop or thermos or somrthing.
(And thanks to the Emotional Labor thread, I have much more insight into the "Ladies, it's so easy your husband can do it!" sales pitch. Fascinating.)
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