What does it mean to consume? How is consumption related to gender? Is consumption about desire? How much agency do we have as consumers? Is shopping political? What models do we have for challenging or changing consumer culture? Over the course of the semester we will be tackling these questions as we explore different aspects of consumer culture, its institutions and sub-cultures, and its global reach. These questions take us to the heart of feminist theory, as they delve into the terrain of identity, value, power, and privilege.