Mind-mauled at the Mall

I used to do mall-walking exercise a long time ago, but I gave it up for chocolate.  Since I’m on my renewed exercise kick, in addition to resistance training at Curves, I decided this morning to go do a couple of miles at the mall.  It has been a long time since I’ve been there to shop, I guess, because I didn’t even recognize some of the stores.  I obviously haven’t been doing my part to help stimulate the economy.

My trip was a bit disconcerting because it seems more of the window displays are sexually exploitive.  Even kids’ stores have displays guaranteed to show you how to dress your sweet, little, innocent girl like a hooker.  The food court and candy kiosks have just the same non-nutritious fare, but what surprised me was my own attitude toward shopping.

Sure there are things I might want–like to be SHEIKH in 8″ spiked heels.  That splurge might possess me if I ever feel suicidal.  But for the most part what SEARS my brain is the seductive nature of advertising, all intent on getting you to part with your hard-earned PENNEYS.  Clothes pasted on elongated Barbie-doll models try to convince you that the chartreuse pencil skirt would be just the thing to make you feel sexy and hip.  And though you can’t afford it, all those fair-trade, conscience-friendly BATH AND BODY works  to make you desirable and save the world all in one fell swoop.   Trinkets of every sort scream 99 CENTS!  Almost free!  Don’t despair that the STARBUCKS cup earrings you put in your ear have been made in China and will be guaranteed to possess lead or some other cancer-producing chemical.

Thankfully, I only did two laps.  (Sometimes sciatica is a blessing.)  I realized there are very few things there that I need . . . or want!  And the whole trek inspired me to not only PAYLESS, but also take another lap around my closets and shed more of my excess stuff!  Simplicity sounds better and better.  And after that, if I really want to up my exercise miles, I can hop on my treadmill and stare at an empty wall, which after the product overstimulation of today sounds like a vacation.

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wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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39 Responses to Mind-mauled at the Mall

  1. Christine says:

    I was at the mall yesterday, too, Lilly — and then at Walmart. I hear you so well!
    In addition to the seductive window displays you write about, one can’t help but notice live models of all ages are baring it all, too. When I was young ladies would have been mortified if a strap showed; now they wear backless tops and tank tops so low that half their bra shows — or sheer tops where almost everything does.
    That 1970-ish feminist rhetoric we heard so often: “Don’t look at me as just a body — I’ve got a brain, too!” has been totally derailed. Today’s females are happy to be “bodies” more than ever before. It’s sad to see self-respect so in the pits.

    • It is also interesting they do not want to be seen as sex objects or disrespected, but what they wear decries that rhetoric. You can’t have it both ways. I am aghast at what folks put on their little girls, though.

  2. judysp says:

    They showed a snippet on televison the other night about how young girls are dressing so provocatively. My father would have killed me if I had even thought about going out like that. These girls had their bottoms showing and not much up the top either. I am not a prude but to me they looked liked hookers. I would be ashamed to let my daughter go out like that. The commentator said that the parents can’t stop them. My question is WHY NOT ? 🙂

  3. nirlep says:

    This is so true! your way of putting things is full of humor and wit. Love every bit of what you write.

  4. pattisj says:

    The mall is not the way it used to be, is it? I don’t much enjoy mall walking any more, but it is a good, sheltered, safe place to walk when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

    • Aside from what I am looking at, it always seems to bother my eyes. I’m not sure if it’s the cleaners they use or what, but I think I’ll stick with Curves and my treadmill.

  5. We avoid the mall for the most part, if we go in, we put on our mental blinders. If we happen to be at the Barnes and Noble, we’ll stop in to see our Auntie Ann. She makes good pretzels. 😉 Or we’ll have our “Fil-a-Chick”. I was pleased to read they had 3, 500 customers yesterday.

    • We don’t have any here in town, but my son in CO camped out at a storefront last year to be one of the 100 (I believe) to win a year’s worth of sandwiches.

      • Monika says:

        Today there was a same-sex “kiss-in” protest scheduled for Chick-Fil-A’s nationwide. My mother didn’t see anything of the sort at the CFA near our house. It just strikes me that the your beautiful song “God, a Woman, and a Man” (which I understand has been played and sung at many a Christian wedding) would be considered homophobic and/or politically incorrect these days – at least to CFA protestors!!

  6. Monika says:

    Hi Lilly!! A few months ago, after reading your entry in the “Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music”, I went to iTunes to check out your songs. Great songs, much more of a blue-eyed soul/rock sound than the other ladies were recording at the time. I did a google search to find out more and found myself on your blog!! I love your entries here, they are funny and inspirational at the same time. Keep it up!! 🙂

    As someone who is looking for more simplicity in life, this entry in particular spoke to my heart. Thank you for writing and sharing this. Good for you not caving in to the world’s trappings on this mall jaunt. May others be inspired to do the same.

    God bless you, my friend!!

  7. Monika says:

    You’re welcome!! I wish more of your songs were up on iTunes! Maybe one of these days…:-)

    • “Very God of Very God” is one I did recently. All the ones from my first “Lilly” album are pirated. 😦 The company that has those up there is raking profits illegally. I am trying to get hold of my producer who holds those copyrights to my songs in order to fight it.

  8. tootlepedal says:

    I like your mall work. They frighten me so much that I try to keep out of them. Office equipment shops are my downfall. How can you resist a long arm stapler?

  9. dorannrule says:

    Mall walking (or in my case, Walmart walking) – great alternative to outside walking if it’s hot or cold here. And it’s way more interesting than walking on the treadmill or pacing the house. I do Curves too. We will prevail!

    • The distractions do make the miles go faster–a little. Except for my leg going numb, it’s great exercise! I just can’t believe how much junk there is to buy. Except for the coffee and Sees. That’s not junk. 🙂

  10. Whatever you do… Don’t give up Chocolate!!! The thought of someone depriving themselves of Chocolate is too much to bear.

  11. Mike says:

    Great stuff Lily. Consistent with my theme of the mother ship coming to take me away. You are clever and cute.

  12. annestee says:

    Great Post Lilly, totally agree with everything you say. I often have to remind myself of the generation gap, my grandmother always shook her head at me in the early 60’s perhaps I’m going that way too. Agree don’t ever give up chocolate. Love your blog.

    • I think there is truth in that, and there have been any times in history where exploitation was definitely the norm in certain circles. I guess having gone through the supposed women’s movement, one would hope that something would change. But our young women want the respect that was worked for while at the same time dressing in such a way as to encourage dis-respect. It is a puzzle.

  13. Don’t know how I missed this one. just wandering around on a rainy day. Glad I treaded over here. Well done

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