Debt for women has been rebranded as a naughty little treat

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Debt for women has been rebranded as a naughty little treat

You can get into debt at the touch of a button, without realising you’ve borrowed a penny

Last weekend a pink ice-cream van parked in Shoreditch and handed mermaid-themed treats to young people fizzing through the shops as lockdown lifted. It was a promotion by leading “buy now, pay later” (BNPL) service Klarna, whose pastel-pink logo is on the checkout page of fashion sites like H&M and Urban Outfitters, and the mermaid element interested me because I have hovered often over that logo, then pulled back with the dready feeling that it could lure me to the rocks.

If you had asked me 20 years ago what I thought would be fashionable today, it would have taken some time, many sugary drinks and four or five relationships before I settled on “debt”. Debt as the new feminism. Debt rebranded as a naughty little treat. Debt as an aspirational lifestyle choice. And yet, here we are.

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Source : https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/jun/13/eva-wiseman-column-debt-for-women-has-been-rebranded-as-a-naughty-little-treat