Saturday, March 08, 2008

A Shout Out

Today was International Women's Day. Given the fact that this day originated in protests against capitalist abuses of women's labor in the textile and garment industries, it's ironic to see the number of corporate sponsors affiliated with the "official" International Women's Day website. Seeing a hijab-wearing spokeswoman saying that "Cisco specifically has a culture of equality" seemed particularly strange to me, given the large technology company's human rights record in China and the way that the feminization of labor in computer manufacturing has been interrogated by labor activists. The featured video also emphasizes "education" rather than interventions through the "law" in ways that might make feminists suspicious.

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