March 6, 2012

"How can you shop at American Apparel?" one of my friends asked. "They’ve institutionalized the exploitation of women, they have a history of unchecked sexual harassment, and the whole operation is run by a creepy old pervert."

"Well, the same could be said of Supreme Court," I replied, "but I don’t see all of you being like, ‘Oh, no thanks, no Constitutional rights for me."

RIMSHOT, right? American Appare-ntly NOT. As I pressed a hand to the cheek where they had taken turns slapping me before flipping over the table and leaving, I had a long think.

OK, maybe comparing the first amendment to a pair of piped boy short panties wasn’t entirely apt, in this situation I made up strictly to illustrate a point.

But I do shop there, and I do feel guilty about it. The fact is, I find it very difficult to boycott everything I know I ought to.

It’s not just American Apparel — but they’re a company whose legal troubles and (admittedly awful) advertising campaigns have made them a highly visible target for boycotting. But Corporate America (yeah, I capitalized it!) is basically “Dynasty” — I’d venture to say that every establishment at your local mall or shopping plaza has some kind of dark, affront-to-humanity secret. All of it! I see you, Food Court.

Keep Your Social Conscience Off My Favorite Goods and Products | xoJane

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