I mean, just check out all these headlines from their home page:
Posted: 03/ 6/2012 12:47 pm – Huffington Post
You may be under the impression that we left the whole “women belong in the kitchen / laundry room” thing in the 1950s, along with June Cleaver. But according to British clothing company Madhouse — or at least their pants labels — domesticity is still a women-only club.
Yesterday, Emma Barnett, Digital Media Editor at The Daily Telegraph, tweeted about a pair of pants that her boyfriend had purchased a few weeks prior.
The label on said pants, right underneath where you usually find mundane laundering instructions like “Dry Clean Only” (which I usually end up discovering only after I’ve destroyed said garment) reads: “OR GIVE IT TO YOUR WOMAN. IT’S HER JOB.” And I thought that Piperlime’s misguided attempt at advertising to single women back in December was retro. Then again, in a society where we still have very set ideas about what constitutes “men’s” and “women’s” work — even when it comes to dividing up the domestic duties — Madhouse’s literally inside joke isn’t so surprising.
It wasn’t very clever, either. As Barnett wrote in The Telegraph:
If the comment had been remotely funny — I would have been the first to laugh and shrug it off — as it really wouldn’t have bothered me enough to photograph it, tweet it and then write about it. But it was the lack of any implied humour and the horrible surprise of such an incongruous message hidden away inside some trousers, that left me just plain stunned.
I’m assuming that the vast majority of men don’t think of their female significant others as servants — most men I know who co-habitate with their girlfriends or wives certainly don’t. Shouldn’t a company that makes clothes for guys give the wearers a little more credit? As for those men who do expect the women in their lives to take care of all the housework, it seems that “their” women aren’t necessarily sticking around to pick up the dirty laundry. A study released in December showed that “domestic and gender equality” were key predictors of marital success. Basically (and I don’t think this is a new idea by any means) everyone wins when couples share responsibility for their shared homes.
I love a good deal as much as the next guy. I admit that I probably spend too much money on consumer goods and I probably own more shoes than I should. I’m kind of a sucker for home decor (especially cute seasonal decorations - Santa Claus hand towels, anyone?) and I can be a bad impulse shopper at times (Oooh, buy 3 get 2 free???).
I am not at all a saint when it comes to matters of money, but I understand the importance of values and character over products and pretty things. In my opinion the purpose of Thanksgiving is to be with family and friends, not to camp outside of department stores and buy as much sale merchandise as possible. Sadly, I don’t think everyone out there shares these same values. We live in an overly materialistic consumer culture… and Black Friday is a disgusting display of that.
Prime example? This Huffington Post article, below.
Black Friday: Target Shoppers Step Over Walter Vance As He Collapses, Dies
Walter Vance, the 61-year-old pharmacist, who reportedly suffered from a prior heart condition, later died in hospital, reports MSNBC.
Witnesses say some shoppers ignored and even walked over the man’s body as they continued to shop, reports The Daily News.
Friends and co-workers saddened to learn of his death, expressed outrage over the way he was treated by shoppers.
“Where is the good Samaritan side of people?” Vance’s co-worker Sue Compton told WSAZ-TV.
“How could you not notice someone was in trouble? I just don’t understand if people didn’t help what their reason was, other than greed because of a sale.”
Gawker points out there is no legal obligation to come to someone’s rescue, only a moral one.
While some news organizations say that no one helped the collapsed man, his wife refuted this report.
Lynne Vance said six nurses shopping in the store came to her husband’s rescue and performed CPR until paramedics arrived, notes the Sunday Gazette Mail.
This wasn’t the only incident to taint America’s biggest shopping day.
While one customer sprayed fellow shoppers with pepper spray so she could snag a video game, another scenario involved an exhausted Target worker accidentally driving her car into a canal after working the Black Friday midnight shift.
There is a man DYING ON THE FLOOR and people continue to shop around his body???
Where have our values and morals gone? What a disgusting display of apathy and selfishness. Saving a couple bucks is more important than saving a life? Wow. Truly disheartening.
(Still don’t agree with me? Even more stories of violence on Black Friday can be found here, in this CNN article.)
What will it take to turn around the priorities of Americans? I know that there are good Samaritans out there, but stories like this make it very hard to believe in the good of people as a whole.
Cain actually said that Occupy Wall Street protestors should be in front of the White House, not businesses in New York, since it is truly the government that has failed them. He also said that personal responsibility was important, so yes, some unemployed Americans should be held accountable for their problems. Sensationalize much, HuffPo?
Huh. These are the same journalists that claim that Republicans are racist, sexist, etc. I don’t think that the Huffington Post would feature an article about the fingernails of a male candidate, though… do you? The only news-worthy story about Bachmann last night were her long fingernails? (I don’t think very highly of her as a political figure, mind you, but I still find the coverage of her sexist and pretty ridiculous.) You guys must really be grasping for things to criticize. First SimCity, then this?
Thank you Lorraine Devon Wilke for the best opinion article everrr. Reminds me of my post a while back about restaurants that ban kids.