Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Department Store Shocker !!!
Current mood: annoyed
Category: Goals, Plans, Hopes
This past weekend, my husband took me to a shopping mall. We were on a quest to find a good maternity/nursing bra. I wasn’t satisfied with the ones in BabiesRUs, as they seemed rather pricey and underwearish. I was hoping for a tanktop-like style that I could wear as outerwear.
Surely JC Penney’s would have something, I thought.
I thought wrong. And thus our journey began…
We parked outside JCP, and went in search of our quarry. Finally, stashed in an out of the way corner, with store debris listing over it’s shelves, we found the pitifully few boxes of maternity/nursing bras. No attempt made at attracting customers whatsoever. They also, incidentally, had NOTHING in the way of maternity-wear at all.
So we decided to try our luck at Sears and the other major chain department stores.
Well, a few steps into the mall I realized that there was no way on God’s green earth that I’d be able to traipse through the mall dragging a 7 month’s pregnant w/twins belly! So kind-hearted dear that my husband is, he went off to fetch me a wheelchair.
I gotta tell you – I may never walk again!
So he wheeled me to Sears, Dillards, Macy’s and some other store I forget. And the results were even more dismal than the pitiful display at JCP!
There was a complete LACK of anything maternity related at any of those “fine” stores!
They ALL discriminated against pregnant people! I felt marginalized! I felt oppressed! My right to squander my consumer dollars in a major American department store on the clothing of my choice had been unceremoniously QUASHED!
For shame, America, for shame!
Looking at all their displays of over-sexed clothing for “tweens”, teens and young ladies, I wondered…just what the heck did those stores think would be the end result of all that flaunting of female flesh??
Did they think that babies came from the cabbage patch?
“Hello! Welcome to (insert name)’s Department Store! You are welcome as long as you do not procreate! We neither want to see you nor hear you until you drop the pups and come back to buy babywear! We are in complete denial of the “facts of life”. You and your money are most certainly NOT welcome here for the duration of your gestation! No pregnant people allowed – This means YOU! Begone and darken our doorstep no longer! Get thee hence from whence you came!”
I almost expected the salespeople to start hissing at me and making “cross” signs with their fingers!
Someone call Ralph Nader and the ACLU!
We did find an itsy bitsy maternity store in the mall – it was also rather pitiful. I parked my husband in the wheelchair in a quiet corner of the store and he settled down for a nap while I shopped.
Signs advised me to choose my pre-pregnancy size number. The so-called maternity undies – well let’s just say that the “pre-preggie” sizes resmembled small hankies! I weighed 128 before getting preggers. But the only “pre-preg” size they had that would even come close to fitting me in THAT store was a 4x!
Their other clothing was also on the smallish side. Who knew there was such a large market for anorexic pregnant people?
Well, anyway I resigned myself to having to buy the undie-looking bras – but unfortunately those 100% cotton ones were made in China. I had heard recently that China still sprays much of their cotton crops with DDT. So much for that.
Of the few other items I did like, they didn’t have my size in stock.
Well, we then decided to remove our un-welcome butts from that mall and go home. I guess I’ll have to shop online if I want something wearable.
Thought-provoking news article: ” Are Bratz dolls too sexy?” http://health.msn.com/pregnancykids/kidshealth/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100160211&page=1