Saturday, September 17, 2011
IKEA is a terrific store with great selections and prices on furniture and housing items. I love going there and always pick up bargains.
I noticed they have child-care areas in their stores, with brightly-colored rooms full of toys. A place to park your child while you shop.
I just read a news article reporting that IKEA's in Australia now have spaces in their stores for boyfriends and husbands. The spaces are called "Manland." They have big TV's showing sports, comfortable couches to lounge in, and free hotdogs. Women-shoppers are given a buzzer that goes off in thirty minutes to remind them to retrieve their man.
What do you think of this? Clever joke? Useful idea? Reinforcement of the worst of sexism?
Personally, I don't know why anyone, male or female, wouldn't enjoy creating and decorating their home. It's an inherently fun activity.