|Useless Bay, Whidbey Island|
Oh dear lord. Did ya'll hear that Lands End has "apologized" for featuring Gloria Steinem in its most recent catalog? Evidently some influential customers, namely the Missouri Catholic school system, pulled their support (they buy school uniforms from Lands End) from the company because they disagree with Gloria's stance on women's reproductive rights or something to that end. As my sister said on Facebook, The world's gone mad. I admit that when I got the catalog in the mail and saw Gloria Steinem posed in various conservative outfits, I thought it was weird and then kind of cool. I buy the bathing suits that make you look 100 pounds lighter, but this morning I went online and typed out a quick email to the company telling them how silly their apology was and that I'd never buy anything from them again. I guess you could say that makes me as silly as the Catholic Church, but so be it. Wearing a bathing suit that makes you look 100 pounds lighter because you're uncomfortable with your body size is really just as contrary to feminist ideals as anything else. Maybe I'll just go out in my backyard naked, build a little fire in the fire-pit and burn the catalog in protest. I might wait until there's an open house in the McMansion still going up behind me and kill the two birds of conservatism and commerce with one stone. I'm that powerful.