Everywhere, on payphones and stuck onto sidewalks, we're being forced to "Meet Generation O," the "trenders, spenders, and recommenders." O stands for the Oxygen Network as it aims for the demographic of young women "who consume heavily and influence others' spending patterns."
Look at this image of young womanhood: She's on the cell phone, preoccupied, tuned out. She's got a giant handbag and a giant shopping bag. She is walking. She is about to walk straight into you. She is about to hit you with one of her bags. She is about to hit you with her cell-phone elbow. She will call you a jerk after she hits you. Or she will just ignore you.
Hating this image makes me feel like a misogynist and I hate that it makes me feel that way. But I do hate this image. I don't think this was the idea post-feminism had in mind.
I can hardly express how much it makes me miss the brainy young women of New York City. The ones with funky glasses and clunky shoes. The ones who read books. The ones who think of other things, and talk of other things, besides shopping and real estate. The ones who were pushed to the margins, then pushed out. My heart aches for the return of those nerdy girls.