There is a certain endearing and laughable irony in this issue: for in supporting ‘feminism’, all three M.P.s have highlighted the inner Truth of ‘feminism’ that dis-empowers and disenfranchises women by allowing them ALSO to be exploited in the capitalist machine; to ALSO pay their share of tax to the parasitic State; and allow the said State to raise it in its own image the children of both parents while they toil on the treadmill of economic existence. No lives with their kids will they have –but the ’empowerment’ felt by the woman will soon offset any ‘absurd’ notions of estrangement from the children, that feeling they are becoming to her distant, lost. She can make up for the time lost with more and more presents, don’t you know (when she finally does see them for an hour of an evening before they go to bed).
Are you all happy you are now sexually ‘free’?
- Feminist T-shirts worn by politicians are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions
- Migrant women in Mauritius are making the £45 tops for 62p an hour
- They say: ‘We don’t feel like feminists. We don’t feel equal. We feel trapped’
- Machinists sleep 16 to a room and earn less than average wage on island
- T-shirt is sold in Whistles in aid of activism group The Fawcett Society
- Deputy chief executive of the charity Dr Neitzert said they had originally been assured the garments would be produced ethically in the UK
- When they received samples they noted they had been made in Mauritius
- She added that if evidence emerges Whistles will have to withdraw range
- Harriet Harman wore shirt on front bench of the Commons during PMQs
Feminist T-shirts proudly worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman are made in ‘sweatshop’ conditions by migrant women paid just 62p an hour, a Mail on Sunday investigation has revealed.
The women machinists on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius sleep 16 to a room – and earn much less than the average wage on the island.
The £45 T-shirts carry the defiant slogan ‘This is what a feminist looks like’. But one of the thousands of machinists declared: ‘We do not see ourselves as feminists. We see ourselves as trapped.’
In this special investigation by the Mail On Sunday, Ben Ellery reveals exactly what is like for these women…
They are the T-shirts designed to make a political statement about women’s rights – but the female workers making them are paid just 62p an hour in an Indian Ocean ‘sweatshop’.
Between shifts women making garments emblazoned with the slogan ‘This is what a feminist looks like’ sleep in spartan dormitories, 16 to a room.
And critics say the low wages and long hours at the Mauritian factories amount to exploitation.
The shirts have been worn by Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Harriet Harman, all keen to display their feminist credentials – even though the Deputy Prime Minister last night admitted he had ‘no idea’ where the garments were made.
But The Mail on Sunday has toured a factory producing the T-shirts, where workers earn just 6,000 rupees a month – equivalent to £120.
The figure is just a quarter of the country’s average monthly wage, and around half of what a waiter earns. Each ‘feminist’ T-shirt costs just £9 to make, but high street chain Whistles sells them for £45 each – a figure it would take the women a week and a half to earn.