In Which my Husband is Consulted on my Shopping

Silly me, I have generally assumed that when I go shopping I am an independent person with the financial resources necessary to shop.  Fortunately, dealers in women’s clothing near where I work have reminded me this is not the case, by displaying a sign saying “Your husband called, it’s okay to shop here.” Given that I am not married to a man or any one of any other gender, it was a little surprising to me that a husband was involved in my shopping experiences.  It is, however, fortunate to be reminded that women having financial resources in their own names and the ability to manage them completely, whether married or not, is a fairly recent development.  My aunts have told me stories of stores, as recently as the 1980s, that would refuse to issue store charge cards to women; women’s husbands had to have the cards and give them to their wives.  Single women, presumably, had no need to buy things.

This is, however, Georgia.  Married women have had property rights since 1866. Even if we cannot dispense with the ridiculous notion that all women, at least the ones who shop, are married (and according to the US census bureau, only about 50% of women over the age of 15 are married) women having the right to own and dispose of their own property as they see fit, with or without the approval of a spouse who may or may not exists, is important.  Without the right to our own economy we have no control over our lives or our futures.   Let’s not forget that in favor of making tasteless remarks about women shopping with spousal approval.

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Elizabeth is a professional belly dancer, a flaky computer scientist, and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She lives in Georgia (the state of the U.S., not the country) but is nonetheless somehow not a combination of stereotypes from Gone with the Wind and Deliverance. Her personal blog is Coffeefied. Operafied. Fluffified. Beglittered.

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