I’ve added a new category to this blog: Bad Products. It’s going to experience some overlap with the “It’s Tactical!” stuff but that can’t be helped. (insert your own Venn Diagram)
I’ve watched a few documentaries about Chinese factory-workers that spend their entire lives assembling garbage products for Americans; probably the most memorable was one horror-show about people making and painting christmas decorations. [Also, if you haven’t seen the movie “Manufactured Spaces” it’s got some amazing views of Foxconn plants] I can easily imagine that if I were on the production end of the American product-cycle, I would hold a deep, passionate, contempt for the wealthiest civilization on Earth, that desperately seeks ever cheaper manufacturing for tons of landfill-bait garbage.
Like Babypod. [bp] What is it? It’s a bluetooth wireless speaker you can stick up your vagina when you’re pregnant (that’s for sure going to be super comfortable!) and play music to your fetus while it’s gestating. It even has endorsements, so you know it’s good:
It has been awarded by Harvard University and by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). It also has the approval of the FDA.
Ig Nobel 2017 Winner
I’m not sure what “awarded” means, though.
It’s hypoallergenic and a bunch of stuff like that, but I have to wonder about, um, bio-goo sticking in the speaker holes and becoming a little bacteria farm over time.
I’m pretty sure this was designed, built, and conceived of by guys. Guys who have never been pregnant and who buy absurd pop psychology theories about fetal development.
What if it actually did work? What if the mother fell asleep with the thing playing and the rotation on their phone played Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker? on infinite repeat? Or what about one of my favorites, The Sisters of Mercy? What would happen to a kid who gestated listening to Floodland?
Usually, when I am looking at a questionable product, my thinking begins and ends with “who do I sue?” This is so bad I’m surprised it doesn’t come from GOOP.