Thursday, January 8, 2009
Yesterday I had lunch with my friend V, and we were discussing how everyone we know is jumping on the "I can be an entrepreneur!" bandwagon. It seems like a smart thing to do, especially in this economy: Find something you like to do, set up your little cottage industry in your home, see where it takes you. I fully support these efforts. But sometimes enough is enough. In the ever-expanding commercial terrain known as the baby-industrial-complex, you have to wonder whether there are any limits to the products that will be pushed on us. For instance, many moms I know recognized their limit when mommy blogs and magazines alike started pimping these "delivery gowns"--nightgowns for us to purchase and use only once, during labor and delivery. I didn't and don't want to buy the delivery gown but I wasn't as angry about it as some other people--to each her own, I thought. However, I think I have now found my limit. Introducing: Morning Chicness Bags.
Yes. That's right. "Morning Chicness Bags." These "super cute" bags are designed--you guessed it--for you to vomit into. They are essentially pastel colored paper bags with a bit of pretty. Their tagline? "Morning sickness vomit bags for the chic expectant mother." I do not think I have ever seen the words "vomit" and "chic" in the same sentence before--for good reason. I am almost at a loss for words. (Isn't this picture hilarious??)
I feel a little guilty hating this product so much. After all, it's no skin off my back that the product's inventor has made it and is putting it out into the world. And maybe she is laughing/vomiting all the way to the bank, who knows (though: please, please tell me, who would buy this??). In fact, this wretched (ha) product proves as inspiration for us all: If designer vomit bags can find their way into the marketplace, so can that idea you have been mulling over for years. Get to it. Seriously. Need more inspiration? This guy got an entire "cookbook" published--about semen-based recipes...!
Hand me one of those vomit bags.