Boring Consumerism

Adolf Hitler and Leni RiefenstahlFlea at One Good Thing watches The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, taps at her computer, and another fascinating blog post is born. Riefenstahl invented new techniques as a director, but also created Nazi propaganda. Read "Leni Riefenstahl, Feminist Icon?"

Hoyden About Town writes about her disappointment when rain turns a birthday party into a day at the mall:

"I was depressed with how keen the girls were to run around shopping, and how thrilled they were to buy cheap baubles that will probably break within a month. OK, I remember how impressed I was at age 12 with SHINY! stuff, so I understand that. But this wasn't just walking past a shop window and going 'oh, look at that'. This was a whole mindset of 'wheeee! shopping!' as if that were the most fun they could imagine. How infinitely depressing that they've been sucked so wholeheartedly into consumerism, and particularly the femininity construct of recreational shopping for trinkets."

See "Boring Consumerism".

Malachi at Feminist Allies describes the difficulties teaching Japanese in "I Reinforce Gender Roles":

"You see, Japanese speech contains, on the whole, a lot more information about the status of the speaker and the addressee than English. There are actually separate conjugations—different tenses, in essence, of verbs—for formal and informal situations. There are at least a half dozen words meaning 'I'. There is the generic 'I', the youthful masculine 'I', the reserved and ladylike 'I', the girly-exuberant 'I', the course and macho 'I'. Simply by choosing a pronoun with which to refer to oneself, one chooses a station in life."

Read more at Feminist Allies.

Photo: One Good Thing. Hat tip: Echidne of the Snakes

BlogHer Contributing Editor Melinda Casino also writes at Sour Duck.

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