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Monday, December 12, 2005

Wal-Mart and the Working Mom

Rosa Brooks confesses a big bad love for big box stores a la Wal-Mart in the LA Times opinion pages.

For frantic women who juggle careers and children, what's not to love about stores that sell practically everything under one roof? One of my female friends, a union labor lawyer who wouldn't be caught dead in a Wal-Mart, nonetheless confesses a penchant for Target. "I get a perverse thrill whenever I'm there," she admits.

Interesting lens through which to view the evolution of big box stores: to see them as having co-evolved symbiotically with working mothers who haven't got time to bop by a string of mom-and-pop shops for individual consumer products.

"How did women live before the advent of the superstore?" Brooks asks. "They generally didn't work, which was just as well because they had to spend a couple of days a week meandering from butcher shop to green-grocer to baker, not to speak of all those trips to the drugstore, the shoe store and so on."

So maybe Wal-Mart is good for working women after all, unless of course you're a working woman who works at Wal-Mart. Now say that three times really fast!


At Friday, December 16, 2005 12:07:00 AM, Blogger Gloria said...

I think Wal-Mart is the spawn of the devil. I personally prefer Target. I could NEVER understand the appeal of Wal-Mart. Especially after hearing how terrible Wal-Mart is to their employees!!!


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