Originally Posted by bigeyes
It wasn't exactly that, it was more about the attitude that football players and fans have about women, and violent tendencies in football players. IIRC. it's gonna drive me nuts that I can't think of it.
The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football.http://www.amazon.com/Stronger-Women...6310410&sr=1-1
I agree with all of the above about the mysogyny and backlash element to these items.
Also, I spent like the first two years of my girls' lives strollering them through the mall, and I observed that there is a related phenomenon when it comes to teens and now children (soon I will be forced to call them tweens but for now I resist
). The mall is completely enclosed space. There is no sense of the passage of times and seasons. No idea really of what time of day it is. Piped in music (if you can call it that). Store after store after store after store showing enormous photos of extraordinarily tall, frighteningly thin, desperately happy young girls (and some young boys as well). These photos display merchandise as the way to happiness, and, more key, I think, as the way to rebellion against authority. In other words, impressionable young teens are being told that they can buy their way into rebellion against - what? Something undefined, perhaps parents but it seems to go beyond that into an expectation that PURCHASING SOMETHING AT THE MALL will make you into your own person.
I've never heard of this happy bunny stuff, but the one that strikes me as the most ironic is the store Hot Topic. It's all set up to imitate a garage sale in a mechanic shop, and the products there are certainly enough to make many parents' eyes bug out, but it's clearly fake. There's no real rebellion. When you buy this stuff you're buying corporate culture sold to you as if it was there to help you rebel against corporate culture.
I agree with the deeper, more troubling mysogyny involved in the products many of you have mentioned above. I would also like to point out that there is an element of "cool" to them that suggests that the purchaser/user of them has some sort of edgy sense of humor, some sort of insight about life, some sort of "wink wink" to other purchasers of these products that "we get each other" - when in fact, there are enormous corporations behind these products, and buying them involves no humor, no rebellion, no cool whatsoever. Teens and children are being hoodwinked, and parents may be as well, which is sad. Corporations can congratulate themselves at the success involved in getting people to mass-purchase products that enrich the corporation under the guise of rebelling against corporate culture.