November 29, 2006

Shopping till they drop

We haven’t progressed much from the stone age, when foraging was rather time consuming for women. Which is probably why women seemingly age in a less glamorous manner than men: they spend at least 8 years of their lives shopping, and that’s if they live to only 63. If they make it past that relative young age, they can expect to be shopping upwards of 10 years.

Based on an average working day, by the time they have reached 63, most women will have spent around 3148 days trudging around shops, which is about 8 and a half years.


  1. Anonymous5:05 PM

    Not me mate!.. No sireee.


    Spend about two hours a week food shopping.
    If I have to buy something else eg clothes or a Birthday present, maybe an extra hour or so.
    Squeeze it all in on the one day , I do!

    Most women do seem to love shopping though..
    I'm a bit of an oddity in that respect I guess.

    Yerss, well you already knew that I was a bit odd, didn't ya Ck?

  2. Oh, I’m whole heatedly with you on this Kath.

    Loathe shopping, just loathe it. I can’t entertain the idea of “window shopping” either – which women supposedly adore doing – real shopping is painful enough.

    The Internet has helped, very slightly, but there’s a limit to the sort of routine things you can buy via the Internet. Most of the time you still have to go and wander around a dreaded shopping centre somewhere.

    I like food, I like new things, I like buying presents for people, but the whole process of finding something that I actually want is such a chore. I find it hard to believe that women really enjoy shopping. Is it that they like new things, but the survey people ask the wrong questions? Mistaking / confusing the joys of a new shampoo with the activity and time involved in shopping?

    No idea why, but reminds me of the continual question of “who do women dress for” (*yawn* - yet again in an article that I read on the weekend – why don’t they ever ask this of men?); and the answer, allegedly, is “for other women”. See, I’ve never dressed for other women. or for men, or children, or fluffy dogs, I just dress for me, whatever takes my fancy, or makes me feel comfortable. Why on earth would I dress for other people, and more specifically, for other women? That's as silly as suggesting that I enjoy going to Coles to buy a bottle of tomato sauce, or enjoy spending 2 hours looking for a decent pair of shoes (by which time, I don't give a toss about owning any shoes!).

    How do women get all of these “labels” placed on them, yet so many women say, if you ask them, “no not me”.

    Let’s face it, with shopping, as with giving birth, it’s not as though women have a choice – someone has to do it, but that doesn’t mean it’s a thrill a minute.

  3. Anonymous6:01 PM

    I don't mind shopping so long as it's not for clothes, hardware and household items including gardening implements or preparations, anything to do with motor vehicles or public festivals such as Christmas, Chanukah, Birthdays, Mothers/Fathers Day etc, any kind of medicinal or personal item such as sporting equipment, office stationary and supplies, any form of electronic or mechanical equipment including of course anything to do with or even remotely associated with computers, and any kind or form of grocery of any description whatsoever, including naturally food. All that stuff I despise.

    Which reminds me. How did your Aldi experience work out?

  4. A man who doesn’t like shopping for hardware, electricals or garden supplies?!

    Holy cow (or pig, or duck, or goat, or any other animal of holy choice), it’s true, it’s in the public domain, weird people find each other even on blogs. We are the odd-balls, it’s official.

    I confess to having a fatal attraction to stationery stores, but I have the addiction well under control, after all, there are only so many new pens and folders and note books and post it notes and diaries that one gel needs at any given point in time, alas.

    Aldi, ah, Aldi – went there only today Geoff. It’s a beaut, especially with my local Coles doing some bizarre never ending reconstruction of the store, and seemingly never having stock shelved that’s on my list, not to mention the never ending reconstruction appears, at first stuttering blush, to be a precursor to the introduction of a whopping number of Coles brand groceries – which I refuse to buy, on principle – and Aldi is one block closer to home. People are creatures of habit though, it’s a pity more families don’t realize the refreshing change of Aldi and the price differential. It’s not like it’s exciting to go to the normal supermarket every week and bring home the same old stuff, so why NOT change? People like to stick with what they know, regardless of the boredom of it all, and groceries are, if nothing else, the ultimate in boring.