"It’s been eight months since the worst factory collapse in world’s history killed more than 1,100 workers. More than 125 global apparel brands have taken responsibility for the safety of the workers who make their clothes. But a few key corporations led by Gap are still standing in the way of real reform.
Gap, one of the top purchasers of Bangladeshi-made clothes, refused to sign a binding agreement to ensure that its factories are safe. Instead, it is actively undermining serious reform by promoting a non-binding corporate-controlled program that’s completely unaccountable to workers, and helping to convince other companies to do the same.
Gap has put publicity and profits ahead of workers’ lives — and now we have an opportunity to hold it accountable.
We’ve successfully nominated Gap for the Public Eye Awards, which Greenpeace and the Berne Declaration bestow on the world’s least ethical corporation each year. If Gap “wins” it’ll be a huge blow to its PR campaign and a reminder that the sham isn’t fooling anyone. But to make it happen, we need your vote. To vote, just click the link, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the “vote for this case” button.
About a third of American women today are pear-shaped, her studies have revealed, with hips that are much bigger than their waists and shoulders. A third are rectangular, with thick waists. And just a third have a classic hourglass shape –even though that’s the shape that most companies use as a model for most of their patterns.
That means that at least two-thirds of females are failing to find clothes that look good on them.”
What about us upside-down pears? ;) Okay, not really, but I do have broad shoulders and small hips. At least a pear shape is feminine.
Why is it art if Nam June Paik puts TV monitors on the breasts of beautiful and talented Charlotte Moorman and it’s “silly” when Yoko Ono puts bells on beautiful, and probably talented, male models’ nipples?
Men of this generation are not used to seeing themselves objectified, while women are inundated with sexualized images of their gender. It’s not true that only males in the animal kingdom are adorned for mating rituals: Look at the embroidered, wigged and high-heeled men of Louis’ court, knights in damascened armor, and by extension, ornately worked swords and firearms. Even up to the 19th century, dandies dressed in long frocks tended to their moustaches and walked with jeweled canes.
As Lyta Alexander of Santa Sangre puts it, “Finally, a fashion line objectifying the male body as a focus for sexual desire…I remember numerous fashion lines with hearts, hand-prints and other similar symbols in the female breasts or buttocks, and nobody bothered to get enraged. Now the prints are on the male genitals, and lo and behold, righteous indignation…Go Yoko.””
Right on. I quite like the pants with the knees cut out.