Sunday, 16 December 2012

Reblog: Obama on dressing, eating, shopping, and decision-making

Suits in M&S by N.Goulden

Suits in M&S, a photo by N.Goulden on Flickr.
Came across this post on Reel Girl which seemed relevant to the ODP; leading off with a quote from Obama and following up with some thoughts of her own, Reel Girl says:

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits,” he said. “I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions on what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make.” He mentioned research that shows the simple act of making decisions degrades one’s ability to make further decisions. It’s why shopping is so exhausting. “You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t go through your day distracted by trivia.”

Do you hear what our president is saying, women? Obama is saying that if he spends his mental energy thinking about what to wear, what to eat, and what to buy, he has depleted his resources. He’s got nothing left. He couldn’t be president... What is it, exactly, that the media tells women are the most important, most crucial areas of our lives? Dressing, eating, and shopping...What would happen if women stopped, really stopped, spending our time and energy obsessing about clothing, food, or shopping? What would we do?