More on competitive minimalism

I’m happy to see that others have joined the backlash against competitive minimalism. An article in the New Republic (brilliantly titled Bros before Homes) points out the hidden sexism in the concept of “choosing experiences over stuff”. In brief: you still use stuff, you still live somewhere, you still need security, but you outsource all those boring details to a woman in your life, whether that’s your mother or a female partner. And then you get to judge women for being materialistic, for craving security, for worrying about the boring stuff instead of living life to the full. Brilliant.

If you liked the New Republic article, you might want to read some of my greatest hits on this topic:

Critiquing clutter On how the concept of clutter as a moral failing privileges the already privileged. (June 2015)

Stuff versus systems: the tension in the USA  On the oddness of not-owning-things as a competitive sport. (July 2015)

Travelling shite  On the hidden baggage of people-who-are-always travelling, often borne by other people. (March 2013)

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