The egregious gift buying; calls to bake the "perfect holiday meal"; the outfits; the ugly sweaters we somehow must wear in the most ugly/sexy way manageable; and the reminders that we could get f.a.t. this season, so let's diet ladies! There a zillion and one reasons a feminist could come to despise the holidays, everything we're taught to critique, and everything I personally find wrong with the world, seems to be wrapped up into a nice, jolly, present for us this time of year. Complete with a shiny red bow. Pun intended. In case anyone wants to know exactly what it is that pisses me off so much this time of year, I'll list them neatly for you.
- Jewelry commercials: For some reason, these commercials and advertisements are particularly annoying, for they signify that women are so shallow, they'll open their heart to a man for the right price- that price is the low cost of &89.99 for the original, holiday , open-my-heart-gag, pendant from (de)Kay Jewelers. Love's embrace ? #killmenow.
- Holiday diet tips: It's that time of season, when we all gather around a table and become absolute gluttons (more than normal, which is saying a lot for us Americans), shoving all sorts of candy, cookies, and fattening foods into our mouthes to celebrate. Don't get me wrong , this is by far my favorite part of the holidays, i love to eat and damn anyone that tries to persuade me out of it. I don't want a "Christmas on a Diet Cook Book" or 10 tips to stay the diet course over the holidays. I want all the food I never eat because I am addicted to my microwave and take out the other 364 days out of the year. For women, the pressure to resist the feast, diet, cook diet foods, skip meals, work out more, go on a diet, and /or have their figure to worry about is far more dramatic at this time of year, and I hate it. Eat healthy, enjoy the company, enjoy the family, enjoy the blessings; forget about diets, forget about conforming to society's ideals for one, freaking, day. Please. And everyone saying different can STFU right now.
- The perfect hostess: No. Women were not naturally predisposed to excel at becoming the best cook on (insert winter holiday here) Day. We are not naturally predisposed to want to slave away in the kitchen during the Holidays either. Perhaps women want to sit and watch basketball while their significant other or husband cooks a meal? How's that sound, fellas? Shitty? Join the club, we don't want to cook a 18 course meal for the entire family either, but sadly, during this time of year, somehow society demands it. And I hate that. I'm going to let everyone else cook while I sit with my feet up and watch the NBA on Christmas day, ladies, I encourage you to do the same.
- Shopping: Men like purchasing things too, society. Don't think it's just the girls that are rushing to the malls. Even though studies have proven otherwise, the majority of advertisements during the
consumerChristmas season here in the USA are geared toward women and children, while leaving out men, who naturally, are portrayed as the "recipient" of gifts.
In all seriousness, it does seem that sometimes the Holidays bring out the worst in us. I partake in a lot of stereotypical and sexist activities every day and especially during the holidays, so I don't want to condemn everyone for doing what they like. But the way women are portrayed this time of year really pisses me off, to the point that I sometimes have to tune out all of this nonsense so I can retain my sanity and enjoy the time off and celebrate with my family.
Happy Holidays everyone, and have a merry, merry New Year.