The war crimes of consumerism and International Women’s Day
If consumerism were a country we would be indicting it’s leaders for war crimes.
And on International Women’s Day, the crimes of consumerism are particularly painful. If you think I am being a boring lefty, take a look at some of the examples. Lets start with stuff we think we need lots of … at the expense of other people:
There’s the Dongria Kondh women of India trying to protect their lands – apparently aluminium is more important tan them. And it appears that diamonds are more important than the women and their families of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, while oil is of more value than the Nenets women and their families. Finally, over the past four decades, the Awá women have witnessed the destruction of their homeland, the Brazilian rainforest.
And if you think it’s all “out there” what about something closer to home. In the west, women’s self esteem is assaulted in order that we always want to buy more, apparently making us, thinner, more beautiful, more desirable. And it doesn’t start in adulthood, as the Bailey Review of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood shows.
Basically, consumerism says that stuff is always more valuable than people, than women. And surely that’s a crime.
In case you are now so mortified all you want to do is hide under th
e duvet cover, how about some
rather fabulous women to cheer you up – look no further than the Guardian’s Top 100 women…
And remember, faith, hope and love remain, and the greatest of these is love.