Econo-Girl is not a believer in the efficiency of a free market system. She has only to reflect on the women's clothing industry to see a business that does NOT respond to the demands of consumers. They would much rather spend billions to make women feel bad to create demand for their product. Is that efficient?
And, God forfend, if women DON'T FIT THE CLOTHES, there is something wrong with the WOMAN? As if some sadist really ought to be telling women what body type is 'in' this year? To those who would chatter about how all this is changing in recent years, Econo-Girl points out that it has been going on for a century at least.
Of course, most economists are men. They only think of women's clothing in terms of tightness. If Econo-Girl dressed as her husband wished, she would be arrested. But he is such a wonderful man. He hates the clothing industry too, for creating norms where Econo-Girl won't go out of the house without a bra on. "Baby, you look great! Don't listen to those designers! They don't even like women!" Yet Econo-Girl cannot rid herself of her conditioning.
Now Econo-Girl must confess. I am going on the South Beach diet. I feel fat. I have a tummy roll. But I am worried about my health and my blood sugar irregularities. And Leisure Lad is diabetic. So time to make a radical switch.