Toy Marketing FAIL

If you haven’t been reading The Tired Feminist lately you might have missed my new recurring feature TMF: Toy Marketing FAIL! It’s a chance to dissect (and vent about) the various gender-coding and sexist stereotyping in children’s toys, clothing and other stuff. For instance, take the picture at left. These are two seahorse toys, similar…

Help some kids out at Shade Tree

This just breaks my heart…let’s help these kids at Shade Tree have a better Christmas… The Shade Tree will host a Holiday shopping Event for the children so they may give back to their Moms for the holiday. Donations kindly requested of the following gift items: Bath/body products Jewelry Perfume Purses/Wallets Gloves, winter hats, sweaters…

Jingle Bell Rock Coma

We barely caught our breath after Halloween when the sights and sounds of the consumer orgy Christmas started breathing down our necks. Hell, we barely got rid of the campaign season tumors all over our TV, mailbox and internet — now it’s Christmas? I’m so not ready! Can’t we take five? Grab a coffee? Take…

I’m going as Slutty McSlutfairy

What happened to my favorite holiday? Not only is it getting hijacked by Christmas (see: Christmas displays within the Halloween section at stores like Target), it has also become a minefield for racially insensitive costumes and for parents who don’t want their young daughters to dress like sexual objects. Seriously, what the fuck? My feminist…

The American diet

As I watched President Obama’s speech — in which he described the economic downturn as a “body-blow” to America — in Austin today, I was hit by the idea that what America really needs is a diet. Not just the kind where we eat more vegetables and trim trans fats (although that would be a…

Is consumerism consuming you?

Even though I’m rocking the stay-at-home mom status these days, I try not to fall into many of the usual daytime-at-home ruts. I spend a lot of time with my baby, of course. But now that she is starting to have a little bit of a routine, I also try to do grown-up things, too.…

Standards

One of the more frustrating things about being a woman is the sometimes debilitating experience of shopping for clothes. No matter what size you are, shape, color, height, etc. … chances are there’s something about the shopping experience that pisses you off. If it’s not about the fight with clothes on the rack, it’s about…