Yes, of course, of course, when I saw the headline, “My Lifelong Frizz-Ease Addiction: How I became convinced my hair wasn’t curly, it was defective,” I clicked. I clicked the provincial click of someone who knows that product (and its tendency to ooze over everything else in a bag) all too well.
In the world’s tiniest glimmer of hope, Ivanka Trump has reacted to the Jewish community center bomb threats. It’s a vague response that doesn’t use “Jewish” or “anti-Semitism,” and that missed the part of anti-Semitism 101 where you learn that it’s not just about religious intolerance.
I would not have thought of myself as the target audience for an essay about prairie dresses. Having spent elementary and middle school in pleated-skirt uniforms, I switched to jeans with a sense of tremendous relief the moment those were a possibility. Despite periodically vowing to Dress Better, I inevitably wind up in dark or light jeans with black, gray, or white shirts or sweaters. If I’m feeling bold, black leggings. Formal? Black skinny jeans, or navy slacks.
Former Uber employee Susan Fowler has written a damning account of the sexual harassment and generally disastrous workplace environment she dealt with while working for that company. Fowler’s account reads like a play-by-play of any woman’s worst workplace fears: She’s propositioned by her boss, brings the digital record of what’s happened to HR, and… nothing. Or, rather, worse than nothing — whenever she complains about this and other incidents, she’s threatened with bad reviews or with getting fired. There are a number of upsetting details in Fowler’s story, ranging from the company’s insistence that the repeated misbehavior of the same harasser was always his “first offense,” to a bizarre bit about leather jackets only being ordered for male employees, because there were so many more men on staff, making a bulk discount possible.
I like clothes as much as the next person/woman. I make no claims of having transcended the desire for the material, and plead guilty to having ended an evening or ten browsing the “We Made Too Much” section of a certain athleisure company’s website. But I’m getting weary of the myth that people’s/women’s shopping habits are the path of most Resistance.