3 Things- Blurring Lines, Misspelled Hangman, and Ethical Clothing

by - Saturday, April 27, 2013

1. Robin Thicke's "Blurring Lines"- Do you think Pharell called him up and told him Daft Punk was bring Disco back? I don't care, because the song is so stuck in my head. We had a pretty epically boring/ Silcon Valleyish evening, and when we got back in the car, it was nice to have Robin, "hey hey hey," and a great beat to meet us. I think it is a song I will get sick of eventually, but the first 24 hours I have been obsessed. Also, you can look up the actual video on youtube, but it annoyed me, so I didn't post it. I have been avoiding paying much attention to the lyrics, because I know they will annoy me too, but I like the beat and the base line so much ( I think it is sampled from an old Marvin Gaye song? Does anyone know this?)!
2. Playing hangman with someone who can't really spell- one of my morning students basically loves competition and hates school, so I keep trying to use word games as, if nothing else, a carrot. But he sometimes picks things can't spell, so getting the puzzles right is near impossible. But it makes me like him like 10 times better.
3. Buying clothes with "Made in America" on the tag- Yep, I am still on that tear. The nicest thing about some websites (like Modcloth and Shabby Apple) is that they tell you where their stuff is made. It is also easy enough to identify a brand you want to buy from, and then use the internet to find out where they were made. With yet another horrific factory accident (in Bangladesh), another 1000 people (mostly very young and UNDERPAID women) were injured, and TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY women are dead. That is more than my high school class. The conditions they are working in is unspeakable, and you cannot just mindlessly buy cheap clothes and hope you aren't hurting anyone.

 In this case, if you are buying clothes at Joe Fresh, Mango, Benetton, or (as always) Walmart (this time their house brands, so they can't distance themselves from it), you are sending the message that it is alright to treat people really really badly, as long as you get cheap clothes.

We are called to be stewards on this Earth. It is our minimum responsibility as human beings to try to be good to one another and the place in which we live. Now, we live in a globalized society. The downside of that is that our daily decisions can have ramifications across the globe, and that is a daunting possibility. The bright side is that we have so much information available to us, and corporations are competing for our money. We set the standards for our world by what we buy.

 It is so easy to check and see where your clothes are coming from. Some objects (electronics especially) can be difficult to be informed (or encouraged) about what you are buying. Clothes is not that way! You have so many options! You don't have to buy all in the US, but you don't have to buy products where the "Made in.." on the tag makes you feel icky or that the company website does not make an effort to address the working conditions of its employees. In the same way that we as consumers have the choice not to endorse films or foods with our money, our clothes purchases send a message about who we are and what we are willing to tolerate. I am just trying to demand better, and I'll be honest, it feels good.

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