The content of the movie would probably make most people categorize it as a conspiracy theory if they had any unfounded faith in corporate America, but as the film revealed details about the case, my heart sunk. One part that particularly stands out was that when their product was found to cause birth defects, the company took all of the young women off the Teflon line. They didn’t share any explanation to the girls. Now, bear in mind here, this is the 60s. I can’t fathom that the young women would want to question their employer because they didn’t have the same sort of power that we women have today in the workplace (thank-you, sisters of the 70s, 80s, and 90s!). DuPont, accuses the movie, didn’t explain and the girls didn’t ask—until one of them had a child with birth defects. The movie (and subsequent documentary I went on to watch called “The Devil We Know”) mentioned that after denying to the young woman that the chemical had caused the birth defects, women were suddenly put back on the Teflon line, again without explanation. Looking at this with a corporate mindset, I can imagine what happened behind the closed doors in full color with 5.0 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I imagine that once it was realized that the compound was dangerous that people tried to do the right thing: take the vulnerable people out of imminent danger. If you’ve never been a part of corporate America you might think, ‘Why not stop making the product all together!’ This isn’t how companies think, though. They’ve sunk costs into developing the product, and every Friday they are responsible for paying everyone who works there. I can imagine that in DuPont’s perspective, they’ll have had this product out for just over a year, and to suddenly admit that it’s too dangerous to be on the market (or even too hazardous to be safely produced) is going to result in company collapse. It could result in lawsuits, it could result in layoffs, it could result in defaulting on credit lines, it could result in the end of a future for the industrial machine that makes money and puts bread on the table for thousands of people in West Virgina. DuPont didn’t want that nightmare to unfold. All it could think to do then was pretend that it never happened. Companies are made up of people and companies want to survive just like any person wants to.