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Ladydrawers: Out of the Factories Part Two

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:35 By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Ellen Lindner and Melissa Gira Grant, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
 
Last month in "Our Fashion Year," we tracked garment production all the way to an anti-human trafficking NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This strip takes place in the same NGO - which Anne Elizabeth Moore visited in January - one of the expanding field of organizations that offers sex workers alternative employment opportunities. Yet when viewed economically, these "alternatives" just don't compare.
 
It's only the latest in our year-long investigation into gender, labor and cultural production. (You can read our previous three years of strips here.) We've so far followed the threads of the international garment trade from your local fast fashion emporium all the way back to their source, in the factories of developing countries, in "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" (with Julia Gfrörer); and "Zoned," "Red Tape" and "Outta Sight (Out of Mind)" (with Melissa Mendes). Ellen Lindner's "It's the Money, Honey" and "Out of the Factories Part 1" (also with Melissa Gira Grant) brought us from the garment trade into the sex trade abroad. Next month, with a new top-secret artist, we'll start looking at who's funding anti-trafficking NGOs - and why.
 
 
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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She has held Fulbright scholarships and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and solo shows at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times, among others, and currently lives in Chicago.

Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant is a writer who tells true stories about the value of sex. She has contributed to The Nation, Wired, the Guardian, Jacobin, Reason, Glamour, Slate, Jezebel, Rhizome, AlterNet, Truthout and $pread, among others. Her first book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, is out now from Verso. Find out more at melissagiragrant.com.

Ellen Lindner

A member of Brooklyn's Hypothetical Island cartooning studio, Ellen Lindner has created stories for a wide range of anthologies, agencies and publications. Her current web series, "The Black Feather Falls," a mystery set in 1920s London, appears weekly on Act-i-Vate. The first two print collections are available now from Soaring Penguin Press. Ellen is also the editor of The Strumpet, a transatlantic collection of cartooning by ladies. For more of her work, check out littlewhitebird.com or her Etsy.

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Ladydrawers: Out of the Factories Part Two

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:35 By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Ellen Lindner and Melissa Gira Grant, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
 
Last month in "Our Fashion Year," we tracked garment production all the way to an anti-human trafficking NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This strip takes place in the same NGO - which Anne Elizabeth Moore visited in January - one of the expanding field of organizations that offers sex workers alternative employment opportunities. Yet when viewed economically, these "alternatives" just don't compare.
 
It's only the latest in our year-long investigation into gender, labor and cultural production. (You can read our previous three years of strips here.) We've so far followed the threads of the international garment trade from your local fast fashion emporium all the way back to their source, in the factories of developing countries, in "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" (with Julia Gfrörer); and "Zoned," "Red Tape" and "Outta Sight (Out of Mind)" (with Melissa Mendes). Ellen Lindner's "It's the Money, Honey" and "Out of the Factories Part 1" (also with Melissa Gira Grant) brought us from the garment trade into the sex trade abroad. Next month, with a new top-secret artist, we'll start looking at who's funding anti-trafficking NGOs - and why.
 
 
2014.5.6.Ladydrawers.New.compressed
Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a cultural critic and author of several award-winning, best-selling nonfiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press) and Cambodian Grrrl (Cantankerous Titles). She has held Fulbright scholarships and was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow. Her work has appeared in The Baffler, Al Jazeera, Salon, The Onion, Talking Points Memo, Wilson Quarterly, Tin House, and in international art exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial and solo shows at the MCA Chicago. She has appeared on CNN, NPR, and in The New York Times, among others, and currently lives in Chicago.

Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant is a writer who tells true stories about the value of sex. She has contributed to The Nation, Wired, the Guardian, Jacobin, Reason, Glamour, Slate, Jezebel, Rhizome, AlterNet, Truthout and $pread, among others. Her first book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, is out now from Verso. Find out more at melissagiragrant.com.

Ellen Lindner

A member of Brooklyn's Hypothetical Island cartooning studio, Ellen Lindner has created stories for a wide range of anthologies, agencies and publications. Her current web series, "The Black Feather Falls," a mystery set in 1920s London, appears weekly on Act-i-Vate. The first two print collections are available now from Soaring Penguin Press. Ellen is also the editor of The Strumpet, a transatlantic collection of cartooning by ladies. For more of her work, check out littlewhitebird.com or her Etsy.

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Red Tape: Controlling the International Flow of Apparel
By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
Outta Sight, Outta Mind: What Producers Don't Want You to Know About How Your Clothes Are Made
By Anne Elizabeth Moore and Melissa Mendes, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
Ladydrawers: Thin Line Between Garment and Sex "Trades"
By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Melissa Gira Grant, Ellen Lindner, Truthout | Graphic Journalism

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