The Mall


The Mall Essay, Research Paper

“Let’s go to the mall.” This comment is one of the few statements that can be heard coming from the mouths of both sexes. While typically associated with shopping, and thus automatically, and unfairly, females, going to the mall has mutual attractions to both males and females. Since the massive increase of shopping malls in this country, the popularity of “going to the mall” has increased a thousand fold for everyone. For females the reason that “going to the mall” is so popular is very clear. Females were always taught that their rightful place is at home taking care of their families (this statement is aid without trying to sound chauvinistic). When the car made a sudden impact on the world during the middle part of the century, even more responsibility’s were added to the wife’s list of “to do’s.” The wife no longer just took care of the family. She now was able to go out and shop for food, clothes, or anything else that her family may need. In a sense the wife now had more freedom to take care of the family by being away from the home more. Today women are no different then their 1950’s counterparts. While contemporary women are much more free-minded about their own place in society, there still lies the motherly instinct to go out and purchase for the family. This instinct may change in time, but until that change occurs this cause shall remain as the chief reason why women “got to the mall” or “go shopping.”On the other hand, males go for a completely different reason. The malls are where all the new toys are. This may sound childish, and theoretically unscientific for a cause of male insurgence at malls, but the statement lies in fact. Whenever a new computer product, sports equipment, or “masculine” item show up, one of the first places that these new toys are showed off are at center concourses in malls. Nowhere else in the world can a person see flocks of guys leaving their wives at jewelry stores to watch a woman who looks like she was sculptured by a Greek master work-out on some new, crazy-looking contraption (which I hear can be very dangerous if a person likes his credit account, or if he doesn’t have a very trusting wife). Another chief reason for men going to malls is because that location is where all the women are, or at least malls and single’s bars (another statement said without trying to sound chauvinistic). When the question is really looked at, there is only one cause for the sudden insurgence of both male and females going to shopping malls. Humans as a whole are a communal species. People always need to be around other people, the race is very much so gregarious. So, after hours of being at work, sitting behind a small desk inside an even smaller cubicle, shut-off from the rest of the world, men and women just long to be around others of their own species having a good time. In other words, it is off to the mall for many people after a hard day of work, so that they can be around other people. This communal structure of human society has been around since man was in his basic primate form. This structure also seems to be continuing, despite the attempts of computer manufacturers and Internet entrepreneurs to keep the human race logged-on 24 hours a day.Unfortunately, shopping will always be considered feminine. The only reason that can be found to explain this “fact” is the motherly instinct of most women that was mentioned earlier. According to recent history, men are not supposed to enjoy shopping or “going to the mall.” However, like so many other things that history has attempted to control, the gender gap at shopping malls has been almost obliterated. Today “going to the mall” is a statement that is not uncommon to hear from males and females. Even though most men and women will say that they go to the mall for totally different reason, the truth, as proven through millions of years of evolution, is far different.

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