“Anne Elizabeth Moore and the Ladydrawers Comics Collective pull at the threads of gender, labor, and cultural production to paint a concerning picture of human rights in a globalized world.”
Chapter three of this collection of comics focuses on life in Cambodia and the tough decisions many women in ‘developing’ nations have to face between working a low-paying, high risk job as a garment worker, or a low-paying, high risk job as a sex worker. Nowadays, there are not many natural resources to be found in the locations where production takes place; materials are shipped in to where the world’s largest garment manufacturers have access to mass poverty and, therefore, cheap labour.
Many women do enter into sex work by choice, opting for a way to make slightly more money and enjoy comparative control and freedom over their working situation. Unfortunately, many NGOs and government bodies treat participants in the sex industry as unwilling victims of sex trafficking, which often leads to “consistent confusion about what exactly constitutes sex trafficking, as well as the regular misgendering of clients” (Moore, 84). The report presents stories directly from individuals who have experienced varying positions within these industries and the striking ways in which they overlap and influence each other.
From the first chapter of Threadbare, which focuses the United States and the retail end of the Fast Fashion industry, Let’s Go Shopping speaks to the experience of women working in large fashion chains, providing insight into the culture that exists within stores worldwide. Often not considered a major issue when compared with working conditions confronted by workers on the production side of the market, Moore and Gfrörer highlight some important points and add another valuable perspective to the complicated and broader conversation explored within this ‘comics report.’