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Mar 1, 2016

TPP: Calvin Klein Sues the Women of the World

Women's sexiness is a product of nature and as such the corporation has every right to profit from it
Photo by a Korean woman photographer I can't identify.
just like it does sunshine or coal, or so the clothing giant Calvin Klein has it. And backed by the new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), one of the most ambitious free trade agreements ever, signed on Feb. 4, now this view will be hard to argue against. "This natural resource is no different from oil or gas, found naturally in the world, and if it is not being exploited it is simply going to waste!" So says Sue Suich, spokesperson for CK. Now with the heft of TPP on its side, it is suing the women of the world for loss of income potential.

"Think of all the terrific sexy bodies, bouncy butts and bulging breasts–a resource worth untold trillions worldwide", said CK President Martin Maes, "These are rich renewable resources that could be generating income for hard-working families. So when women choose to hide their assets, as with Muslims, or deny them, as with lesbians, they deprive corporations like ours of the very resources that are our lifeblood."

While there has been hefty resistance to the TPP––particularly as it pits labor populations against each other, lowering wages and security––and threatens environmental safeguards, the agreement is likely to pass this Republican congress.

Women are among the most vociferous opponents to the suit, some of whom have pointed out that a woman's body is her own property and whether or not she profits by it is her decision alone. But Maes disagrees, "Anyone is free to exploit their own resources to the fullest, but to let them just go to waste is a crime against nature! One of the beauties of this [TPP] treaty is that it restores to the economy hidden resources that are otherwise unavailable. We are simply making this energy source available for all to enjoy."                                         (Yes, it's satire.)
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I'm a sculptor/filmmaker living in Montana, USA. I am using art to move the evolution of humanity forward into an increasingly responsive, inclusive and interactive culture. As globalization flattens peoples into a capitalist monoculture I hope to use my art to celebrate historical cultural differences and imagine how we can co-create a rich future together.

I see myself as an artist/philosopher laboring deep in the mines of joy. I've had a good long career of exhibiting work around the world and working on international outreach projects, most notably being the first American to be invited to present a one-person exhibit in the Hermitage Museum. Recently I have turned my attention from simply making metal sculpture to creating films and workshops for engaging communities directly, tinkering with the very ideas and mechanisms behind cultural transformation. I feel that as we face tragic world crises, if the human species favors our imaginative and creative capacities we can cultivate a rich world to enjoy.

For me the deepest satisfaction in making art comes in engaging people's real life concerns rather than providing simple entertainment or decoration. Areas of conflict or tension are particularly ripe for the kind of transformative power that art uniquely carries. I invite any kind of challenge that serves people on a deep level.