Just received this in mail. WTF?
[snip product spiel]
We know your are big in the beauty blog world and we would love to send over some free product that may inspire you!
I’d LOL if it wasn’t so difficult to do when my jaw is on the floor.
There’s been a noticeable uptick in such mails around the blogosphere lately – the idea of sending bloggers freebies in order to get a favourable review. In one way it’s logical, and if one likes a product why not recommend it to others? Yet I have concerns about the level of transparency about some of these freebies that bloggers are reviewing positively, an issue that appears to have hit the “mommy-blogs” primarily amongst women bloggers, because they have such a large readership of people with little kids to buy stuff for, but I’m sure some of the larger feminist blogs are also being offered a steady drizzle of freebies.
I doubt anyone has an objection to review copies of books relevant to certain blog’s core issues, but what about other stuff? Where does the line get drawn, especially for feminists who regularly criticise consumerist commercialism as a fundamental aspect of the commodifying of women’s bodies and the marginalisation of women’s choices? Where does the co-opting of activists and critics begin? Has anybody stopped reading someone because the freebie-blogging became intrusive?
At least it’s unlikely to become an ethical dilemma for me just yet so long as the only freebie offers I’m getting are so laughably ill-matched to my writings.