This may come across shocking, but as a woman I don't love shopping. I find it as a necessity more than pleasure. You will definitely not find me in the mall everyday weekend looking for cloths or whatever item for "fun". I go when I really need to for school, occasions, or to buy gifts. According to Norton, shopping for women is something that she can use to get away from everything, being husband, kids, or the house. Or that women use it for girls day out. Time for them to engage with others. I do completely agree with this. All these are very girl things to do. It provides a little me time for women, you can even say for anyone if they enjoy browsing through the mall that is.
Another point Norton made was, "When she spends money she exercises an authority over property that law and custom may deny her. If she has nor resources independent of her husband, this may be the only authority over property she is able to exercise. When she buys things her husband does not approve of- or does not know of-she further subverts an order that leaves control over property in her husbands hands." That was a mouthful wasn't it. I feel strong about this statement. I think every women should feel some control in their lives. No matter what it is. Even the smalls help. By going out and having the control over picking a blue cotton blouse or a pink silk blouse is something that can help a woman in the long run. Because being able to make a choice for yourself is pertinent.
As for men, it seems like they are happy with shopping from catalogs while looking at women's legs in a skirt.