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Actually, some women in SE Asian countries (and
perhaps others) sell their daughters into sexual
exploitation (usu. they are taken to Bangkok) because
they are so poor, and there are children all over the
world who are abused, kidnapped, etc. and used by the
porn industry. At least people in sweatshops have jobs
and are there by choice (no, that doesn't make it
right). So I would strongly disagree that sweatshops
cause worse exploitation than *some types* of porn...
In my opinion, (true) sexual exploitation is *far
worse* than labor exploitation.
--- Jan Wynholds <jcwynholds@yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- Mister Resistor <xxxxxx@uiuc.edu> wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > > I am subscribed to a Linux User Group mailing
> list, and I wanna seem some
> > > talk about Linux! Dont talk to me about sexism,
> racism, masochism (with NT
> > 
> > It's just nerd bonding... ;-)  It's the same
> everywhere... the common nerd
> > culture.  The side distractions are what make it
> somewhat social.
> > Because, let's face it, _people_ run OS's and
> _people_ deal with _people_
> > issues.
> I agree.  Friday night, and where are the nerds? 
> They are at home, reading
> their email.  I don't care that I have to d/l tons
> of messages.  I have seen
> some lists where if I wait a day to check email, I
> would have 1000's of
> messages.  LUGOD is chatty, but not cloggingly
> chatty (IMO).  Besides, alot of
> group interaction occurs on the list.  Most people
> are too
> shy/introverted/quiet/whatever to argue and discuss
> issues at
> meetings/installfests/events, so the list is an
> outlet for those personalities
> (myself included).
> My $0.02 on the banner/sexism/objectifying of women:
> I disagree with the objectification and exploitation
> of women, but I think that
> there are several other causes that fights this
> issue other than classical
> feminism.  I believe that buying Reebok or Nike
> shoes exploits more people than
> reading pornography.  People in pornography usually
> make the choice to enter
> that industry.  People in sweatshops usually have no
> choice about where they
> work, what they do, which hazardous chemicals they
> get exposed to, etc.  I am
> not saying people in the porn industry aren't
> exploited (they are, regardless
> of gender), but I am trying to say the extent of
> exploitation is far greater in
> a sweatshop environment.
> I agree with the ideals of feminism, I just believe
> that I personally could
> reduce the amount of exploitation in the world by:
> 1. Consuming less.
> 2. Buying secondhand goods.
> 3. Buying goods and services that don't use
> sweatshop labor.
> 4. Basically anything that reduces the demand for
> sweatshop goods.
> I have been trying to do these things lately, and
> it's really hard to
> completely disassociate yourself from sweatshop
> goods.  When sweatshop labor
> has been a vital part to the economy in this
> country, it's hard to find goods
> that don't rely on it.  But at least I make the
> effort.
> --Jan
> P.S.  The following stores are highly dependant on
> sweatshop labor, and since I
> have learned about them, I haven't set foot in them:
> Gap, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Old
> Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch,
> Structure, and pretty much any brand name store in
> the mall.  
> Actually, in my research, I haven't found a retail
> outlet that completely
> boycotts sweatshop labor.  If anyone knows of one,
> please let me know.
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