Ladydrawers: Out of the Factories Part Two

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 10:35 By Anne Elizabeth Moore, Ellen Lindner and Melissa Gira Grant, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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Last month in "Our Fashion Year," we tracked garment production all the way to an anti-human trafficking NGO in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This strip takes place in the same NGO - which Anne Elizabeth Moore visited in January - one of the expanding field of organizations that offers sex workers alternative employment opportunities. Yet when viewed economically, these "alternatives" just don't compare.
It's only the latest in our year-long investigation into gender, labor and cultural production. (You can read our previous three years of strips here.) We've so far followed the threads of the international garment trade from your local fast fashion emporium all the way back to their source, in the factories of developing countries, in "Fast Fashion," "Let's Go Shopping" and "The Business of Thrift" (with Julia Gfrörer); and "Zoned," "Red Tape" and "Outta Sight (Out of Mind)" (with Melissa Mendes). Ellen Lindner's "It's the Money, Honey" and "Out of the Factories Part 1" (also with Melissa Gira Grant) brought us from the garment trade into the sex trade abroad. Next month, with a new top-secret artist, we'll start looking at who's funding anti-trafficking NGOs - and why.
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Anne Elizabeth Moore

Anne Elizabeth Moore is a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow, Weinberg Fellow at the Newberry Library, a Fulbright scholar, and the author of several award-winning non-fiction books including Unmarketable (The New Press, 2007) and Cambodian Grrrl (2011). Co-editor and publisher of now-defunct Punk Planet and the founding editor of the Best American Comics series from Houghton Mifflin, Moore teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She contributes criticism to The New Inquiry, The Baffler, N+1p and many others and writes a monthly comic strip for Truthout called Ladydrawers on gender, labor, and culture. Her latest book from Cantankerous Titles, New Girl Law, was called “A post-empirical, proto-fourth-wave feminist memoir” by Bust Magazine.

Melissa Gira Grant

Melissa Gira Grant is a writer who tells true stories about the value of sex. She has contributed to The Nation, Wired, the Guardian, Jacobin, Reason, Glamour, Slate, Jezebel, Rhizome, AlterNet, Truthout and $pread, among others. Her first book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work, is out now from Verso. Find out more at

Ellen Lindner

A member of Brooklyn's Hypothetical Island cartooning studio, Ellen Lindner has created stories for a wide range of anthologies, agencies and publications. Her current web series, "The Black Feather Falls," a mystery set in 1920s London, appears weekly on Act-i-Vate. The first two print collections are available now from Soaring Penguin Press. Ellen is also the editor of The Strumpet, a transatlantic collection of cartooning by ladies. For more of her work, check out or her Etsy.

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