Check out the petition that I ran into when I googled “Etsy” on change.org’s site:
Now I know that life isn’t all about competition, who wins and who loses mumble, mumble, mumble, jealous…mumble mumble…but people!!! this petition was about dead cats, and while I hate the thought of a dead cat, and it’s not art to put a dead cat’s head in a bottle and it’s sick and gross…there are PEOPLE laboring in sweatshops in India and China, and we can only gather 250 signatures to oppose that…but a dead cat in a jar can rack up 16,000 votes in four days??
Yes, you read that correctly. Cats in bottles get more sympathy than disadvantaged people in sweatshops. Perhaps I need a picture of a sweatshop in order to get more votes??
Still doesn’t do it for you? Imagine how it feels to collapse into your bed (whatever that might be) and know that this is your life and there is no way out of this hell hole. Ever. All I know is that it looks like a bleak way to exist, making a whopping $1 a day. And why? In the case of ThreeBirdNest’s wares so that some DIVA in America could get rich quick selling (her) shit as “handmade”.
Cat lovers…stay in your chairs…I love cats too. But think about it…it is a human who is protesting a cat in a bottle. A cat is not protesting this, nor is a cat drafting a change.org petition, nor is a cat blogging and alerting all its cat friends about making a difference. A cat has no power to change a cat’s head in a bottle. Humans do have that power…they have the power to question, to ponder and to make a change. When a cat starts blogging about changing sweatshop practices in China or India, I will sit up and take notice..and revise what I just wrote. But until then, I hold that sweatshop labor and inhumane working conditions should garner more outrage than a cat’s head in a bottle.
Oh sweet Jesus, I can feel the waves of judgment sweeping across the world and landing at my feet in little Gilbert Arizona, one of the safest cities in America. A little la-la land of white picket fences and kindness, peace and understanding. We don’t have sweatshops here, so we can pretend they don’t exist. We probably don’t have dead cats heads in bottles either. It’s a sunny, carefree existence of midsize homes, minivans and grocery stores. Office jobs and married life and soccer games and college funds. But from the safety of places like this, we have a responsibility to show compassion and kindness to our fellow man, wherever they are and whatever circumstances they find themselves in. A responsibility that makes profiting off the back of human suffering really, really NOT ok.
Same old track on the same old record, but I’ll say it again. Etsy, it’s really, really not ok to sanction sweatshop labor. That’s not debatable, especially in light of your own guidelines. Especially not in light of the trust America put in you for showcasing “hand-made” items and promoting small businesses and craftsmen. Get it together, before orange is the new bleak.