BodyVOX! at Fordham

BodyVOXFordham University professor Aimee Lee Cox has organized an amazing program for young women!

BodyVOX is a performance activist piece that confronts the sexualization of girls, and represents a unique collaboration between students in her African American Studies class, theater majors, the viBe Theater Experience, and the national organization, SPARK Movement.

The original dance-theater-activist performance is written and performed collaboratively by young women. BodyVOX! explores the curvy lines between “sexy” and “sexualized,” and demands that we not just critique the media messages forcefed to girls but that we take action and ignite change.

Created in an express 4-week process, an intergenerational team of artists, dancers, writers, activists and performers use performance to share our creative strategies to end the sexualization of girls, a root cause of violence against women and girls.

Sunday May 12 at 7pm
Monday May 13 at 7pm
at the Veronica Lally Kehoe Studio Theatre
Fordham College at Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street (at Columbus Ave.)
A,C,B,D,1 trains to Columbus Ave

*Special lobby installation created by FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture

FREE!

BodyVOX! is written & performed by: Amee, Courtney, Erica, Nicosie, Mia, Mia, Quien, Stephanie & Tanzina, with Emma, Nadia and Aja & the SPARKteam.

Directed by: Aimee Cox & Dana Edellis, BodyVOX! is a collaboration between The Department of African and African American Studies and the Theatre Program at Fordham University, viBe Theater Experience, and SPARK Movement.

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Would you pay a higher price for ‘ethical’ clothing?

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The horrific building collapse in Bangladesh has thrust ethics as is relates to lower priced clothing back into the spotlight. I’m glad NPR’s Morning Edition covered the topic. Here is an excerpt:

At the Joe Fresh store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, customers are bombarded with pastel polo shirts, button-down shirts and chino pants. On one shelf, you might find clothes made in Peru, Vietnam and China. Toward the back, there are piles and piles of shorts, just $19 each, and each made in Bangladesh.

Outside the store, Reene Schiaffo emerged with a bag full of Joe Fresh merchandise. She says she knew about the Bangladesh factory collapse but gives the company the benefit of the doubt.

“It didn’t affect my sale, because I know a lot of times these retailers don’t exactly know where the stuff is being made,” she says, “but they have to pay attention more because that’s not acceptable.”

Listen to the segment here.

Public Radio International’s (PRI) and WNYC’s The Takeaway also covered the topic. Novelist M.T. Anderson was a guest on the show and he made a comment that made me wonder. He said the dangerous working conditions in these factories are obvious–not only to the workers, but, to “those of us who in particular are demanding to have a pair of jeans for $15, as opposed to $16 and $17 dollars.”

But are those prices realistic?

I could be wrong (Please note: I am NOT a shop-o-holic), but I’ve never seen a pair of jeans made in America for anything less than $58. For instance, Glenn Beck’s “100% Made in America” jeans line, named 1791 Jeans, start at $129. His t-shirts start at $30.

Yes, it may be more ethical to shop 1791 Jeans, or Levi’s (also starting at about $129 in some cases), but is it realistic for everyone? I’m coming at this from a perspective of a child of immigrants who worked for low wages at factory jobs. (Never mind the $16 jeans. Most of the time, we wore hand-me-downs.)

Sometimes, it seems that many topics covered in the media are for those executives who own or invest in these (in this instance, garment) companies and the college graduates with white collar jobs (and salaries) who can afford to pay the “100% Made in America” prices.

How can those who would NEVER be able to buy a $129 pair of jeans being be more ethical? Has anyone considered that?