Women and shopping have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, there's the stereotype that all women loooove shopping—and that we throw away money on frivolous goods. On the other, there's the reality that women are the primary shoppers for 75 percent of households, despite making less money on average than men.
In this episode, we get four perspectives on shopping. First, we talk with Kerry Cohen, the editor of a new anthology called Spent: Exposing Our Complicated Relationship With Shopping and hear an essay from the anthology where writer Gloria Harrison recalls going into labor while buying a car. Then, we get financial advice from Kara Stevens, "the frugal feminista." Next up, Andi talks with author and artist Sarah Lazarovic, who spent a year drawing things instead of buying them, turning the collection into a new book called A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy. Finally, writer Natalie Baker explores the good and bad sides of the recent trend in girl-power marketing.
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