Reuters had a piece last week which fits into some conservations we’ve been having about women and SWPLs fascination with rescue dogs. The Reuters spot displays a couple of disturbing trends front and center (h/t Instapundit).
First, on fashion trends:
As bigger dogs grew in popularity, the industry responded.
“Every dog today needs boots. Every dog needs a raincoat. Every dog needs a sweater,” she said.
Pet fashion is the nexus of “Ruff!” and cuff, and nowhere is that better illustrated than in New York City in February, when the world famous Westminster Dog Show and equally renowned Fashion Week occur simultaneously.
Consider French Fry and Tater Tot, two Wheaten terriers weighing 48 pounds (22 kg) and 28 pounds (13 kg) whose owner, Sandy Thompson of Buford, Georgia, wants her “babies” to wear couture.
The feminization of dogs; not just small toy dogs but big dogs. The only article of clothing a large dog should ever wear is a bandana. This desire to decorate and trick out ever last square inch of designable space in the universe if an entirely feminine drive. How can we relate this to how women view men?
Second, and a much deeper cut into the psyche of an increasing number of American women:
Smaller price tags for big dog fashions are offered by http://www.PJNYdogwear.com, launched by FIT student designer Karen Varley, who donates 10 percent of her proceeds to animal shelters like the one where she found her pitbull mix, Polly Jean.
The dog sits still as Varley, unable to find a canine mannequin big enough, drapes her with pinned fabric pieces to create new fashions such as a faux fleece-lined jean jacket, her most popular item, which sells for $43.
“I just felt there was an emptiness in my life,” said Varley, 44, a flight attendant who decided against having children. “Polly Jean has brought so much happiness. Gosh, I can’t even put into words how wonderful she has made my life.”
Sad people doing sad things. It should be noted that this trend piece focuses on New York City, the land of Girls and SATC which exist in the first place in part because of it’s female-skewed sex ratio.