Walmart: Globalization, Economic Stupor, and Sexism
Walmart is, quite obviously, a global corporation with entities located in various countries worth billions of dollars. Whether the American dollar is dwindling or not, the facts are the facts: Walmart is golden. Its stock is solid, and they sell practically everything at a reduced rate. Basic necessities like food and clothing are dirt cheap relative to what they would cost in, for example, almost any country outside of North America and maybe some parts of Western Europe. Most of the items in the store are made in China, and many Americans are employed by Walmart. Walmart is, to say the least, the go-to place for millions of people in this country, as are its subsidiaries across the globe. However, Walmart is not a good thing. To be blunt, it's quite the contrary. This All-American based, global corporation practically epitomizes almost every single cultural stereotype that we as Americans have to deal with daily on both personal and professional levels.
Looking at pictures of people who walk in and out of some the stores make many cringe. It has become an American stereotype that we are overweight and shop at this store for everything known to man. Unfortunately, it has become a symbol for us. For some, this fact makes their blood boil, but for many, it is a place to stock up on everyday essentials. Regardless of what either party thinks, they are all associated with this brand of shopping by outsiders, as well as their own government.
Today, the US Supreme Court threw out a case that a group of female plaintiffs had against Walmart in regards to sexism. A class-action law suit said that Walmart does not pay females as much as males, nor does it respect them in a work environment as much. The Supreme Court basically said that if the large group of women (all 1.5 million of them) chose to file suits on an individual basis then perhaps something could come of it. As Justice Scalia put it, there was no "glue" holding the case together. Here we go.
Everyone knows women get paid less than men. Everyone also knows we have a double-standard in this country that will probably never be broken, even if it appears despicable for such a progressive place. As disgusting as it may be, it cannot be changed.
Racism and discrimination against homosexuals are things that have also been reoccurring in Walmart's past. Sure, you can buy a rifle there if you're in a state that permits it, but the clerk might say something disgusting regarding what (most likely) he would shoot with it if they were you. Yet again, we are brought back several steps back to a time when such bigotry was legally enforced and encouraged.
Economically, well the Chinese government owes Walmart a big thank you, because a lot of their exports are sold in American markets through such a chain. Sure, this store sells cheap products, but for how much? Forget monetary value for a change, because being a hard worker, I know how important it is to save money. Seriously, how much does saving a few dollars actually cost us?
Culturally, Walmart proves how backwards we are. It shows how retrogressive our "progressive" country actually is. Sure, your kid is getting a toy for cheaper than it would be at a smaller mom and pop shop, but then who do you blame when they get some kind of sickness because the thing was made in a disease-riddled sweat-shop? Who do you think is unemployed and needs to rely on generous tax money in order to survive? People claim that we have an obesity problem in this country, but who regulates a place like Walmart when they have the audacity to put cheap, sugary drinks and candy in big-boxes on bright, child-friendly displays to be bought in even bigger shopping carts by shoppers who can't even fit on regular-sized toilet seats? What is it when our own Supreme Court can't just warn this huge corporation and tell them to start making things a little more equal instead of slapping the public in the face?
Walmart: Always low prices, low standards, low quality, unequal treatment and pay scales, low sensitivity, low intelligence, low ethics, low morality. Always.