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Does anyone have the land of virgin (r)
- Subject: Does anyone have the land of virgin (r)
- From: waterly@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 06:26:00
Subject: Re: Does anyone have the land of virgins article?
In These Times
March 31, 1997 / April 13, 1997
SECTION: ET CETERA; Vol. 21; Pg. 9
HEADLINE: Land of Pagodas ... and pimps;
BYLINE: JOEL BLEIFUSS
In their quest for hard currency, Burma's military dictators ARE trying to
exploit another natural resource--the country's virgins. A recent issue of
Today, a tourist magazine published by the Burmese tourism office, features the
story "Land of Virgins and Restful Nights." According to the story, recently
excerpted in Might magazine, "Myanmar has long been known as the Land of
Pagodas, but very few persons, if any, seem to be aware that it has also been a
Land of Virgins."
"Fine smooth facial skin free from blemishes" is the Burmese virgin's
"trademark," the story continues. And trade--skin trade--is what this subtle
come-on is all about: "Myanmar girls and young women go about flaunting their
virginity. Of course, there may be a few imposters among them. ... [B]ut most
[visitors] go away highly satisfied with their visit to the Land of Pagodas
and--now that you know--of Virgins, too. ... May they retain [their virginity]
as long as they can or should!"
The next time you plunk down $ 1.25 for a Starbucks "Coffee of the Day,"
consider this: You've just spent the equivalent of a day's wages for one unlucky
family of Guatemalan peasants that picks beans for the company. That's according
to staff members of the U.S./Guatemala Labor Education Project, who in February
interviewed workers at a plantation from which Starbucks buys coffee. Some of
the plantation's workers did better than that family, but they all earned much
less than the $ 8 (a Rumba Frappuccino and a Mocha Valencia at Starbucks) that a
Guatemalan family requires to meet daily basic needs.
Two years ago, the Labor Education Project spearheaded a campaign to force
Starbucks to use its buying power to establish minimum labor standards for
coffee growers. In October 1995, the company unveiled a "framework for a code of
conduct," entitled "Starbucks Commitment ... To Do Our Part," in which it
resolved to set wages and benefits at levels that "address the basic needs
workers and their families." For these kind words, the Council on Economic
Priorities, a New York-based group that promotes "corporate responsibility,"
gave Starbucks its 1996 Corporate Conscience Award for International Human
Rights. The Labor Education Project, however, is looking for deeds. It will
resume leafleting at the coffee chain's outlets in late April.
LOAD-DATE: March 21, 1997
At 07:58 PM 4/15/97, you wrote:
>From: Burma Issues <durham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Does anyone have the land of virgins article?
>Does anyone have a copy of the Today magazine issue that featured the
>article "Land of Virgins and Restful Nights"? Several people have
>expressed interest in obtaining copies of this article for documentation
>purposes and for quoting in other publications. Burma Issues would also
>like a copy for a report on the flesh trade in Burma.
>Due to the nature of email, we need to make sure that the segments of this
>article that were recently posted on Burmanet actually exist. If anyone
>has a copy of this article, or can obtain a copy of the article, please
>contact Burma Issues (durham@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx).