Duke It Out: Black Friday

[It’s pretty obvious that the average CollegeCandy reader has some very strong opinions. Opinions that she likes to share with everyone on the site. Sometimes with mean words. And threats. We love a strong woman (unless she happens to be charging at us with her fists raised), so we thought we’d give her a real forum to discuss her thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Every Friday I’ll be featuring a hot topic (like the NCAA’s first transgender player!) and leaving it up to you, the readers, to duke it out. So, read it and get your debate on in the comments section below!]

Next Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season with the single most anticipated shopping day of the year here in the good ol’ USA – Black Friday. A day when stores mark down items to ludicrous sale prices and people all over the nation line up in the early dawn hours to snag those bargains (and occasionally trample their fellow human beings). My guy refers to Black Friday as his favorite holiday – I don’t get it. So I think it’s time we talked this one out, ladies.

Is Black Friday a do or a don’t?

As I said, my man is an avid Black Friday-er, so just this once, I’m going to let him chime in. In his own words, “Black Friday is Christmas for every college student, unemployed citizen, and starving artist, If you’re living paycheck to paycheck or in debt, this is the day when you don’t have to feel like the child left behind. It’s a celebration of capitalistic consumerism, when everything is supposed to be affordable for everyone. You have the chance to redeem your self-enforced diet of Ramen noodles and buy an Xbox360. You have the opportunity to erase some of the classist line that has you treading in the waters of lower middle-class. If you’ve got the guts to go for the glory, you can achieve your heart’s desire (commercially speaking) on this day.” Yep, that’s what I live with. Love you, baby!

Now for my side: To start with, Black Friday represents a big part of what’s wrong with America. Yes, it’s a celebration of capitalistic consumerism, but why is that such a good thing? Do we really need a day specifically set aside to indulge our already materialistic natures, to glut ourselves on markdowns and stand outside stores to prove to the world that we’d choose the glamour of objects over even our own comfort and safety? Are we legitimately that shallow, and if so, should we friggin’ revel that fact?  This isn’t a class revolution, it’s class subjugation; it’s saying that what you can buy matters more than the thought you put behind it or the care you give, and that’s a damn sad state of affairs.

Alright girls, while I go bicker with my BF over our Black Friday plans, tell me what you think. Will you be standing on line the morning after Thanksgiving to grab some holiday deals? Or would you rather pay full price and stay in bed? Do you look forward to Black Friday with bated breath, or is it just another day to you? Is it really representative of a larger social issue, or have my guy and I spent too much time in liberal arts colleges?

Duke It Out!

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