Do sweatshops "free" women? (PEN-L exchange)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Tue May 9 10:17:07 MDT 2000

>This seems right to me -- except, perhaps, that it tends to support the
>opposing view. Sweatshops do not free women, but they establish
>conditions (in *contrast* to "rural semi-feudal patriarchy") in which
>women *can* struggle to free themselves. I have no real opinion
>on the conflict -- but as far as I know, no one has ever really claimed
>that sweatshops free women, only that the unfreedom there can (unlike
>the unfreedom of poverty-stricken rural patriarchy) be struggled

Yeah, you can make this argument if you rely on Doug Henwood's anecdotal
evidence from an employee of Dow-Jones. But that's pretty dumb, isn't it?

Louis Proyect
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