How many times have you been criticized for buying shoes and bags?
How many times did you yourself think you are crazy and obsessed with shoes and bags or any other such item?
We live in a society that is literally built on targeting women and using any and every opportunity to label women as crazy, psychotic and obsessed or worse money spenders because women in many households in the past and even today are not earning money, so they obviously do not understand the ‘value of money’ (or so they say).
It’s a horrible stereotype that needs to die.
Have you ever in your life, on TV, on social media, in films or in general conversations, heard about men’s obsession with sneakers?
And I’m not talking just about a pair of jogging shoes… I’m talking $800 and up shoes that go up to $8000???
If you haven’t then check this out:
So, when I saw this TED talk, the first thing that came to my mind was that how come I have seen women criticized for buying shoes countless times but not once have I ever heard someone criticizing a man for owning $800 plus sneakers or owning more than 500 pairs at a time?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that owning 500 pairs of shoes is a great, a healthy habit or spending $800 on a pair of shoes is a wise decision. Not talking about its value as an investment either.
And I don’t even want to go into the morality of how much difference could be made in someone’s life with that kind of money. Because we live in times where the self comes first and owning a lot more is rewarded while owning too little is mocked.
But what behooves me is the double standard of it all. The hypocrisy and audacity of men to mock and criticize women when you are no better.
We all have passions, (hopefully, that rely less on addiction and hoarding) but nevertheless, we do have things we love and like to collect. That’s awesome.
Yet, blaming women for liking something while calling your ‘hoarding’ a passion and a hobby is beyond disgust.
The next time you hear this stereotype, please show this video and level the playing field in the area of shoe obsession and money wasting.