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— “The Case for Ethical Fashion” by today’s guest Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Price of Cheap Fashion. The piece appears in The Nation and is about the collapse last month of a garment factory in Bangladesh that has, so far, killed more than 400 people. (via nprfreshair)
No i don’t know where my phone is. It’s dead in my house or car somewhere. Whatever. Don’t need that thing.
What the heck. Wanna come eat lunch with me at 1:30 tomorrow? Celeste…
The plans with Anna can be Celeste and Tiel inclusive y’all. Y’all!
Here’s my 2nd year Calarts film!
oh nooo so cuuuuuuute
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There are people who respond to other people having fun in ways that are alien to them with inexplicable rage and contempt. This is, honestly, one of the worst things you can do to yourself as a person of something resembling character. I kind of do it around things like Burning Man, which is silly. Obviously, if people really love Burning Man then they should just burn their little hearts out with great joy and abandon. And we should remember that other people probably feel this way about things we like. If you’re a Doctor Who fan, and you’ve ever tried to show someone an episode ofDoctor Who, and it’s been a dismal failure, and they’ve tried to get YOU to align yourself with their vaguely snide amusement by saying things like “so, I assume the special effects are deliberately bad on purpose, right?” or “wait, how many of these have you SEEN?” or, worst of all “how does anyone stand the Doctor?” then you should know better. Perhaps the single greatest summation of this concept being “don’t yuck on someone else’s yums.” LARPing is a perfect example. I don’t do it, but on face value, if nothing was cool or dorky yet and we had to decide which was which, who wouldn’t want it to be cool to get dressed up in period costume and run around in the woods playing with swords and horses and armor? Here we are, expending tons of time caring about watching Game of Thrones (as I assuredly do), which is totally socially acceptable, when there are actually people getting accidental cardio in the process of physically doing something outside which reminds them of shows and historical eras they find interesting. Perhaps the LARPers and the Phish fans (I’m sure they have a weird name for themselves) really have it all figured out. Teach me.
A building housing several factories making clothing for European and American consumers collapsed into a deadly heap on Wednesday, killing at least 108 workers and injuring at least 1,000 people. The catastrophe comes only five months after a horrific fire at a similar facility prompted leading multinational brands to pledge to work to improve safety in the country’s booming but poorly regulated garment industry. (Photo: AM Ahad / AP via The New York Times; caption via The Times)
I don’t think any good can be accomplished by me taking a strident outraged tone here, so I’m trying to keep it even-keeled, but here’s what’s up: 108 people are dead because people were cutting corners to save money. Terrorism is awful, lots of things are awful. One thing that’s awful and which costs lives, real lives, innocent lives, all the time, is when profit motive is placed ahead of the safety of the workers who have made the companies profitable. “Four Building Codes Violated To Save Money, Scores Dead; Need For Cheap Labor Cited” doesn’t have the headline glamor that bombs and guns bring to the table, and I’m not saying that stories of sudden nightmare violence shouldn’t be covered; the news only responds to the demands of its viewers. It’s on us as viewers and readers to say that when something like the collapse of Rana Plaza occurs, this, too, is an act of cruel and unimaginable violence, and its causes and culprits should be as vigorously pursued and investigated as the lone-wolf supervillains who command our attention from time to time.
“The front-line responsibility is the government’s, but the real power lies with Western brands and retailers, beginning with the biggest players: Walmart, H & M, Inditex, Gap and others,” said Scott Nova, executive director of Worker Rights Consortium, a labor rights organization. “The price pressure these buyers put on factories undermines any prospect that factories will undertake the costly repairs and renovations that are necessary to make these buildings safe.”