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Dov Charney Firing Means No Longer Having To Choose Between 'Labor' And 'Not Being Rapey'

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americanapparelfactoryFrom my window, I can see the massive American Apparel factory at Sixth and Alameda, in Los Angeles. Inside the fortress, seamstresses -- regardless of immigration status -- earn $10 to $18 per hour, according to the Financial Times (which probably checked). I've always thought it was more important, in my personal Maslow's Hierarchy, to vote "yes" with my money on paying seamstresses $10 to $18 per hour than it was to vote "no" with my money and Send American Apparel Founder Dov Charney A Lesson About Not Raping Everybody. Your Maslow's Hierarchy (that is not really what Maslow's Hierarchy is, FYI) may differ!


It was a good conversation prompter, every time I had someone in my car and we were passing the factory -- emblazoned with "Legalize LA," which is actually about immigration and not dank weed -- to ask them which they found more important. A lot of people said "not being rapey." I said "paying the women a living wage." Because it came down to the numbers. There are 5000 workers in that massive factory -- even after Charney was forced to let almost 2000 go because they were undocumented. Five thousand women able to feed their children and pay their electric bills -- maybe even have a beater they're able to regularly gas up, insure, and replace belts on -- despite not having a diploma from Brown, vs., I don't know, how many women can Dov Charney possibly wave his dick at in a year? A hundred?

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A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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