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The secret feminist history of shopping

Once upon a time, shopping helped women assert themselves and their economic importance in a society that denied them a larger role in the public sphere. But now, the notion of strolling through a physical mall is starting to feel old fashioned - this is how people used to buy things, before drone deliveries and the sundry triumphs of on-demand capitalism.


FOR America's malls, December was once the happiest time of the year. Now, each holiday season brings a painful reminder that shoppers have increasingly abandoned real-life storefronts for virtual ones.

To get people off the couch, mall owners are trying to bring back...

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