On Airspace and the privilege of owning nothing

There’s a brilliant new post today on feminist philosopher Patricia Marino’s always excellent blog, The Kramer is Now.

In the post, Marino contemplates so-called “Airspace” (“that space of modern capitalist nowhere: the coffee shop, office, or shared work space that all have the same comfort symbols: fast wifi, innocuous background music, wood tables, exposed brick, minimalist furniture”) and the alleged anti-materialism of owning less stuff.

Marino observes that surviving without owning things requires a level of wealth out of reach to most folks:

“Own nothing” is always treated as some kind of anti-materialism, but in fact it’s only the most ultra privileged, and usually male, people who can live with no objects.

Reflecting on a recent profile of James Altucher, who claims to own fifteen things, Marino muses

Does he have children? Did the reporter ask? If he does, how does he make food for them? Where are their toys? As we’ve noted before, if you’re reading about “Mister Interesting,” somehow the whole fatherhood thing never comes up. If “Ms. Interesting” was running around being the “Oprah of the internet” and owning fifteen objects — wouldn’t the very first question be “OMG, how do you take care of your children?!”

Check out the rest of the post, and the rest of Marino’s excellent blog, here.

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