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Trying to get these link-y posts back up and running. I don't think I've done one since Summer 2017!

I read a lot of blogs and articles in any given week, but saving the links somewhere so I can chronicle them here is sometimes too much to ask (and really, no one was asking anyway, but I really love reading these types of posts so it seems like a good idea to create them, too).

This month is going to be FULL of features and gift guides, and I'm trying my best to manage my time so that they're the best they can be. I hate to be one of those people who starts talking about December holidays on November 2nd, but working in retail has retrained my brain to think Christmas starts in October, so that's the way it is!

Here's what I've been reading this week...

Ethical Subculture

✸ Talia reflects on the complexities of want, influencer culture, and comparison

✸ Lyn hosted a really good discussion on the lack of class diversity in the Instagram ethical fashion space

✸ The woes of being a principled millennial in today's workforce

But for most of those who feel their work conflicts with their values, the bad news is that ‘making a difference’ and ‘pursuing your passion’ are financial decisions.

✸ The EWC hosted a discussion on prison labor: Is it ethical for brands to use prisoners to make their products? My response:

Nope. While some prison labor programs can and do reduce recidivism rates, attaching economic gain to the prison system incentivizes corruption by making it attractive to always maintain a prison force. If the US prison system was effective at rehabilitation and reintegration, that would be one thing. But the reality is that we're outsourcing prisons to private companies, and that means we have even less oversight or incentive to maintain high ethical standards. And if you read the recent Quartz reporting about China's prison labor, it's even more apparent that this is ultimately an idea that leads to greater corruption on a systemic level. Most workers in these programs are in jail for nonviolent crimes. It would make far more sense to do an early release work program that incorporates financial management training. It's also worth noting that a lot of products labeled "made in USA" were produced in US prisons. Shady af.

✸ You buy a purse at Walmart. There’s a note inside from a “Chinese prisoner.” Now what?

Politics



Once you have several generations that are voting 80 percent Republican, it's less that they're doing that because of one particular issue, and more that it has become, in many ways, a kind of tribal identity that's just inextricably tied to evangelical identity," Jones said. "And I think that is the tie that binds much more than any single issue.

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