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Outta Sight, Outta Mind: What Producers Don't Want You to Know About How Your Clothes Are Made

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Ladydrawers - Outta Sight, Outta MindThis installment of "Our Fashion Year," our year-long look at international gender, labor, and cultural production (click here for "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" with Julia Gfrörer, and Mendes' previous strips, "Zoned" and "Red Tape") - Melissa Mendes' last on this series - brings us inside the places that make our clothes. The often complicated interplay between national governments and the garment industry isn't pretty, by any means (as Anne Elizabeth Moore reported from Cambodia in January), which is why apparel manufacturers and garment-exporting countries alike often prefer that the factories are kept out of sight and out of mind.

As always, an archive of our previous strips is located here. In next month's strip, by Anne Elizabeth Moore and Ellen Lindner, we'll talk directly to the workers in garment factories around the world.

Ladydrawers - Outta Sight, Outta Mind

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Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes

Cultural critic, award-winning journalist and bestselling comics anthologist Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, South Dakota. She is the author of Unmarketable (Best Book, Mother Jones), Cambodian Grrrl, Threadbare and others. She is the third winner of the unique Write A House permanent fellowship in Detroit, Michigan. Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes comes out in April. Read more at anneelizabethmoore.com.

Melissa Mendes was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies, she won a Xeric award to self-publish her book Freddy Stories. Since then, she's worked with Anne on Threadbare and Harvey and Me, published a graphic novel called Lou, and is now working on an epic family saga called The Weight, based on her late grandfather's life. You can see more of her work at mmmendes.com.

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Outta Sight, Outta Mind: What Producers Don't Want You to Know About How Your Clothes Are Made

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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Ladydrawers - Outta Sight, Outta MindThis installment of "Our Fashion Year," our year-long look at international gender, labor, and cultural production (click here for "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" with Julia Gfrörer, and Mendes' previous strips, "Zoned" and "Red Tape") - Melissa Mendes' last on this series - brings us inside the places that make our clothes. The often complicated interplay between national governments and the garment industry isn't pretty, by any means (as Anne Elizabeth Moore reported from Cambodia in January), which is why apparel manufacturers and garment-exporting countries alike often prefer that the factories are kept out of sight and out of mind.

As always, an archive of our previous strips is located here. In next month's strip, by Anne Elizabeth Moore and Ellen Lindner, we'll talk directly to the workers in garment factories around the world.

Ladydrawers - Outta Sight, Outta Mind

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes

Cultural critic, award-winning journalist and bestselling comics anthologist Anne Elizabeth Moore was born in Winner, South Dakota. She is the author of Unmarketable (Best Book, Mother Jones), Cambodian Grrrl, Threadbare and others. She is the third winner of the unique Write A House permanent fellowship in Detroit, Michigan. Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes comes out in April. Read more at anneelizabethmoore.com.

Melissa Mendes was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 2010, after graduating from the Center for Cartoon Studies, she won a Xeric award to self-publish her book Freddy Stories. Since then, she's worked with Anne on Threadbare and Harvey and Me, published a graphic novel called Lou, and is now working on an epic family saga called The Weight, based on her late grandfather's life. You can see more of her work at mmmendes.com.

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Ladydrawers: Let's Go Shopping
By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Julia Gfrörer, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
Ladydrawers - Zoned: The Mysterious "Foreign" Outposts Inside the USA
By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Op-Ed
Red Tape: Controlling the International Flow of Apparel
By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism

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