Saturday, August 11, 2007

Consumer Digest

I hate La Senza because its lingerie is generally designed for The Girl, which as you'll recall from my last post, I am not. In the spring and summer it becomes a frightening, blinding place with neon pinks and greens, "pretty" patterns with polka dots, flowers, and swirls, and an astonishing array of products to turn female breasts (which are not, naturally, spherical) into high-sitting, nipple-free globes of gel, air, water, and padding.

The novelty wears out.

However, I needed underwear desperately, as the mice raided my own stash and no amount of laundering cleanses the memory of mouse shit. And I needed it cheaply.

Buying undergarments makes me think about sweatshops more than anything else, and that makes this process joyless. I become your nightmare customer; outside all smiley, inside brewing with rage and hurting and frustration. I don't want to live in a society that will judge me on the visibility of my nipples under a shirt, the symmetry and uniformity of the fat on my chest. I especially don't want to live in a society that underpays the women who do backbreaking work making these garments, and then overcharges me to promulgate the whole cycle.

Long story short, the person at the counter was pleasant. An environmental studies major, in fact. I wanted to ask her how she feels about working for a known sweatshop user, but thought better of it. If I see her again I'll ask. She agreed that the sports bras I was buying (no padding!) were very comfortable.

In other news, Modcloth answered my website-related email within the hour, and said they'd email again just to tell me when the issue was corrected. Hot damn.


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