Fun with Feminist Flickr (bilingual edition)

Because it’s never too early to start breeding women to be good little consumers.
Pic from optionthis.
Check out the French version after the jump.

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  • bittergradstudent

    Did the French Canadians never stop wearing 80s hair?

  • Afaeyre Maede

    I played that game once when I was a kid (the box looked like the lower one, but it english…what with the giraffe-necked girls on the upper one?!). It’s really, really dull, and pretty much teaches that credit cards are free money. I suppose there was a bargain hunting aspect (since the game occasionally announces that there’s a sale at some particular store), but all in all, it’s really just about teaching you to be a mallrat. Dull. Very, very dull, so with luck it being so lame will encourage girls to do something else.

  • Bowleserised

    The lower one is from France France, not Canada. Found in a flea market so maybe doesn’t give the best idea of contemporary French hair dos.

  • Heraclitus

    You have got to be kidding me. I like how the sexbot eyes on the cartoons on the first box are ablaze with vacuous shopping-induced fanaticism. Teach the girls: the only time you’re allowed not to look “flirtatious” is when you see a handbag on sale.

  • PullTaffy

    Oh! I saw this at the store the other day, when I was shopping for a Darth Vader costume, and I pitched a fit. The thing that creeps me out the most are the bug-eyed, vapid expressions. They look like zombies. Bargain-hunting zombies! The quotes on the back were just awful, too.

  • brokennails

    Oh man. I HAD that game as a kid. I won’t lie, I love shopping now, but as a kid, the most fun part of that game was building the cardboard “mall”, then having an “earthquake” in which the structure collapsed on top of all the plastic shoppers.

    The best games are the games you make up yourself.

  • hellakitty

    i played that game when i was little, and i loved it. it didn’t have much to do with actual shopping. (the game my friend had looked like the second box, and yes, the first one is a bit creepy.)

  • Carmen Govani

    Japan ended its self-imposed isolation in 1868 with the Meiji Revolution, and soon emerged as a leader in silk trade due to the techniques in dying and weaving that had been developed over its long history, The Kawabata house was built 120 years ago in the middle of the Meiji Era (1868-1912) by Mr Kawabata, a silk merchant who had made his fortune by exporting Japanese silk from Yokohama, one of the first ports to be opened to foreign trade. With an estate of over a million square meters, Kawabata was one of the biggest landowners in this part of Gunrna Prefecture, not far from Tokyo. This remarkable man had also served as the village chief since the tender age of 17, and later gov­erned a vast domain as a squire. As befitting his status, Kawabata built an imposing two-storied wooden house in Fujioka City amid mulberry fields where silkworms were raised. Built with the choicest materials —selected after much care and consideration—this house took almost ten years to complete. Legend has it that the amount of wood deemed inferior and thus discarded during the construction process would have been enough to build yet another house.
    Nestled among age-old willow trees, the grounds of the house also includes seven storehouses (kiira) for stocking rice and fermented soybean paste (miso), a majestic boundary wall with several gates, and other small buildings. The estate is so impressive that the Ministry of Education in Japan has desig­nated 19 of the structures on the compound as Registered Tangible Cultural Properties of Japan.
    This 300-square-meter house on this very large estate is now owned and lovingly taken care of by Yoshiko Tsai, the great-granddaughter of the builder. It is quite unusual in Japan for this large a property to stay in a family over several generations due to the very high inheritance taxes in Japan. Yoshiko managed to inherit it from her mother only because of the special efforts made by her ancestors to keep the property in the family. She and her husband Jaw Shen Tsai. a Chinese-American physicist, use it as a vacation home on their frequent visits from Tokyo.
    Yoshiko feels that although the Japanese are quite comfortable removing their shoes outside the house and living on tatami matted rooms without chairs, it was difficult for her husband and their foreign guests to enjoy the house in this manner. She also believes that the usual Western furniture looks inappropriate in a traditional Japanese home, but that the lines of Chinese furniture and Western antiques are quite suitable for it. Unlike the Japanese, the Chinese have a long tradition of sitting on chairs and have developed their own style of furniture with linear beauty. Thus Yoshiko, who studied interior design when she was in New York, redecorated her family home by adding Chinese furniture and other comforts to it. The new furniture in the house includes several pieces which Yoshiko bought from Shanghai—these pieces now happily co-exist with the ancestral furnishings in her home. As a result of her talent and efforts, the interior of this historic house now showcases an international flair well suited to its modern use.