I learned something quite shocking last week. My conservative, traditional, Southern husband likes leather jackets. On me!
Now I knew that he liked a conservative, traditional, Southern leather jacket for himself, but had no idea he would like leather on me. And, to make it all the more astounding, he liked every single leather jacket that I tried on–even the one which was indisputably biker chick (not to be confused with biker chic!).
As we continued on to look at the winter coats I admitted that while I hesitate to wear a leather jacket I do not have the same qualms about down. Josh thought that insane.
I explained that leather jackets are made out of mammals which are basically me. But down jackets are made out of water fowl which are just about chickens, and I don’t like chickens at all.
Josh still thinks that I am inconsistent. But the leather/down question is nothing but a shadow. The real inconsistency is the fact that I did not bother to check out the brands and countries of origin of any of the jackets. So apparently I won’t wear leather because it is leather, but I don’t care if it was sewn together by underpaid kids in a sweatshop in Southeast Asia? Ouch.
What ethical concerns do you allow to come clothes shopping with you? And which ones do you conveniently forget at home? Do you care about whether your purchases are supporting companies that profit by exploiting children?
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