more companies merge and consolidate, it's hard to know where your money
is going these days. Yet you still want to spend your hard-earned
feminist dollars wisely.
Therefore o.a.g. has compiled a list of companies and products to
consider girlcotting. It is not exhaustive, but enough to get you
started. o.a.g. certainly doesn't expect you to be able to avoid them
all, but do what you can. Many thanks to everyone at the Ms. Boards who
helped with the research.
Nestle promotes artificial infant feeding around the world,
breaking a World Health Organization code of marketing.
because of their British chocolate bar, the "Yorkie,"
which females are "forbidden" to buy because
it's "too intense for girls."
they fund right-wing anti-gay foundations, and because
of their sexist advertising ("here's to twins").
striving to bring you the newest, most innovative sexist
New Mexico Literacy Project says: At Budweiser,
sexist bad taste has become purposeful policy. In
its ongoing attempt to resonate with young males by emphasizing
a crude and anti-female machismo, Anheiser-Busch wins
our Ugly Advertiser Award. Their ads consistently pit
the value of women against the value of beer, and women
www.KillerCoke.org have documented human rights and
anti-union violations at Coca-Cola bottling plants in
of THE MAN SHOW, including the charming "win a date
with a Juggy" promotion.
see the site
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Claiming to be "sweatshop-free,"
American Apparel exploits women instead. Ads resemble
amateur porn, plus owner Dov Charney proudly masturbated
in front of a Jane Magazine reporter eight times while
she was researching an article about him. Charney says,
"Of course, the women are sexualized in the images,
but I don't think anything's wrong with that. It's not
just about being socially conscious, it's about being
a profitable company."
Read more at: www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2005-03-17/news_feature.php
||This one hurts, because o.a.g.
really likes to shop at Target.
This info was forwarded by an associate:
“Planned Parenthood Federation of America is protesting
a policy by retailer Target that allows pharmacists at
1,150 of its more than 1,300 stores to send customers
elsewhere to obtain the emergency contraceptive Plan B,
which can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of
sexual intercourse, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The policy allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense EC
if it is against their religious beliefs but requires
them to fill prescriptions for all other medications.
Target spokesperson Lena Michaud said that if a pharmacist
refuses to fill a prescription for EC, they are expected
to see if another pharmacist in the store is available
to fill it. If not, they are required to call a different
pharmacy to confirm that it provides EC and has it in
stock so that the customer can get her prescription filled.
According to Target officials, incidents in which a pharmacist
refuses to fill a prescription for EC seldom occur.”
they run 65-cent-an-hour sweatshops, and most of their
sweatshop workers are women and girls.
more at http://boycott-nike.8m.com/
“Because their advertising looks like soft-core
VS is owned by the Limited Corporation, which also owns
The Limited and Limited Too, Express, Bath & Body
Works, The White Barn Candle Company, and C.O. Bigelow.”
of their nauseating "orgasm in the shower" commercials.
Parent company is Clairol, so girlcott them too
if you're feeling ambitious.
|| In Abercrombie World, college-age
girls are cheerfully slutty (shirts that say: You’re
at the Top of My To-Do List and This Shirt Would Look Great
on Your Floor); meanwhile, their male counterparts make
rotten boyfriends (shirts that say: I’ll Call I Swear
and You Can Fake It But I Can Fake An Entire Relationship).
The company got into some trouble in late 2005 for marketing
the following tees to younger girls:
Blondes Are Adored, Brunettes Are Ignored
I Make You Look Fat
Who Needs Brains When You Have These?
These were discontinued after successful girlcott by Women
and Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania.
You may also recall the thongs for preteens, imprinted
with the phrase "Eye Candy."
Lately, they have switched to the non-controversial “appearance
comes first” mindset for their younger female target
market, with shirts that say Stressed Out From Shopping
and I Am What I Wear.
In conclusion, they suck. Girlcott them.
only women are treated like meat.
Firstly, they do not enforce their community use guidelines
whatsoever, and consequently there is absolutely no oversight
of artwork. You can upload artwork that says I RAPED YOUR
MOM and CafePress will happily print it for you on any
of 33 different products. If enough people complain, your
products might be removed, but someone else can upload
the exact same thing a week later.
Previously removed products have included shirts that
say It’s only rape if she says no, so gag the bitch,
and infant onesies that say Can’t rape the willing!
Secondly, they use American Apparel materials, and you
already know how we feel about them.
Thirdly, they allow customers to pirate other artists’
Finally, the quality of their printing sucks also. It’s
like an iron-on patch.
are some of the largest corporations in the world.
They own everything. Good luck.
massive class-action lawsuit filed in June 2001accuses
Wal-Mart of consistently paying women lower wages than
men and failing to promote them to managerial positions
to the filing, since1996, women at Wal-Mart have earned
less than men holding the same jobs in nearly every job
incidents of gender discrimination:
objections from a woman executive, senior management
regularly referred to female store employees as �little
Janie Qs� and �girls�
were required to go to Hooters sports bars as well
as strip clubs for meetings and office outings
most senior human resources executive at Wal-Mart
says that Hooters is an appropriate place to have
A female assistant
manager in Utah was told by her store manager that
retail is �tough� and not �appropriate� for women
in Texas told a female employee that women have to
be �bitches� to survive Wal-Mart management, while
a Sam�s Club manager in California told another woman
that she should �doll-up� to get promoted
Managers have repeatedly
told women employees that men �need to be paid more
than women because they have families to support�
A female personnel
manager in Florida was told by her manager that men
were paid more than women because �men are here to
make a career and women aren�t. Retail is for housewives
who just need to earn extra money.�
A male manager in
South Carolina told a female employee that �God made
Adam first, so women would always be second to men�
A female manager
in Arizona was told she got paid less than a less
qualified male because she �didn�t have the right
750,000 women work as �sales associates� in Wal-Mart stores.
On average these women earn $6.10 per hour, or $12,688
per year if they work full-time. This wage puts many of
their families below the poverty level � half would qualify
for food stamps.
information, see www.walmartclass.com
or read Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
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YOU HATE RICK SANTORUM:
companies are funding his re-election campaign:
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IF YOU HATE REPUBLICANS IN GENERAL
Here are the top 11 donors to the party of George W. Bush.
credit card company - you probably have one of their cards.)
2. Philip Morris
(owns Kraft and Nabisco)
Bristol Myers Squibb
Lubriderm, Lipitor, Zoloft, Viagra, Zyrtec, Zantac, Dramamine,
CitiFinancial, Diner's Club)
media, see http://www.ketupa.net/time1.htm for a complete
Paxil, Tagamet, Flonase, Dexedrine)
2nd largest oil company, featuring Exxon, Esso, and Mobil
for a complete list see http://www.ketupa.net/murdoch1.htm)
While you were paying record prices for gas, they were making
“The oil giant raked in $8.42 billion in the fourth
quarter and more than $25 billion for all of 2004, both
record-high profits in its history. Exxon Mobil blew away
Wall Street forecasts, as higher oil and natural-gas prices
offset a slight dip in production.”
“High prices for crude oil, gasoline and natural gas
helped Exxon Mobil Corp. to its highest-ever quarterly profit,
$9.92 billion, up 75 percent from the third quarter last
year, the company said yesterday.”
We advise buying Citgo gas. It may not cost much less, but
at least the money will be going to the people of Venezuela,
instead of a few obscenely rich white men.