11. Sweatshops and Cynicism

  1. Jessica Wolfendale2 and
  2. Jeanette Kennett3
  1. Matthew F. Pierlott

Published Online: 31 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch11

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style

How to Cite

Pierlott, M. F. (2011) Sweatshops and Cynicism, in Fashion - Philosophy for Everyone: Thinking with Style (eds J. Wolfendale and J. Kennett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    West Virginia University, USA

  2. 3

    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Author Information

  1. West Chester University, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 2 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199902

Online ISBN: 9781444345568



  • Can we be ethical and fashionable - sweatshops and cynicism;
  • sweatshop conditions - aftermath of events, at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory;
  • industry, intertwined with sweatshops - in recent times;
  • issue of sweatshops - in garment industry, the perspective of the cynic;
  • fashion, and why it changes so rapidly - new looks, and why old looks ought to lose their aesthetic appeal;
  • clothes, expressing one's position of social power - one driver, behind the desire for new trends;
  • adolescents, staying in fashion - separating the in-crowd from the ostracized;
  • inevitability argument, a big problem with it being - assuming human choice, situations beyond human choice;
  • human choice, itself part of the unfolding of events - examined by moral standards;
  • sweating women, extent to which issues of fashion - and sweated labor exploit women, fashion tending to target women as primary consumer


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Sweated Worker

  • The Inevitability Argument

  • Justifying the Conditions

  • Sweating Women

  • Cynical Choices