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The Pink Oompa-Loompa

“Outdoor gear manufacturers are under the mistaken impression that grown women, like four-year-old girls, loved to be swathed almost entirely in bright shades of hot and neon pink. Take a look at any busy city street and you will plainly see this is not true. But they make it year after year and year after year it ends up on the clearance shelf for people like me to buy at 50 percent off. It is in this way that I have acquired bright-pink fleece hoodies and gloves, a raspberry puffy coat, pink ski pants, and pink-lined snow boots, making me, at times, appear exactly as outdoor companies presumably see me, a giant, albeit discounted, pink Oompa-Loompa.” -A Woman’s Guide to the Wild


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