October 17, 2013, 2:51 PM — Yesterday I took a break from my hectic life as a bloodless blogging machine to read a Rolling Stone interview with guitarist Steve Van Zandt. When I loaded the page, this weird ad popped up next to it.
I don’t normally see ads for plus-sized women’s clothing, so it kind of stuck out. Still, I didn’t really think that much about it at the time and quickly moved on. When I went to HappyPlace to read funny tweets about the government shutdown farce, however, there was the Zulily gal again, in all her porcine and garishly outfitted glory.
Clearly, my Web browser thinks I am a woman of substance. It’s true that I have put on a few pounds over the years. But a sex change operation? I think I might have noticed that.
This was too weird to be a coincidence. For reasons that are unclear, I was being re-targeted by this ad. (And this isn’t the first time I’ve been stalked by an ad.) The problem is that this should not be happening, because I opted out from these kinds of ads over six months ago.