December 17th, 2011

Hold This Space

Once again, it is December 17—the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

My hope was and is to blog about this more here, but I have a graduation party to attend tonight for a friend of mine who has just finished law school, and I don’t have much time now before I have to leave to travel there. I did not want to let this day go by, however, without acknowledging the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers here, so even though this post is not as extensive or complete as I wanted it to be (I may add more/finish it later), I offer reverent recognizance of this day as first proclaimed by Annie Sprinkle in 2003. I have had my red candle burning as I’ve been getting ready tonight, and I take a moment now to breathe consciously in honor of the recognizance of this day, in reverence for all who have been involved in the intersection of sex work and violence, and in a wish for awakening for the same (including perpetrators) and for us all.

I also want to share this quote I encountered last night in a SWOP-Chicago press release:

“Sex workers are not targeted because sex work is inherently dangerous. Sex workers are targeted because perpetrators know prostitutes are afraid of law enforcement and won’t seek the aid of law enforcement until it’s too late. They are targeted because of the stigma surrounding sex work. This stigma is constantly regenerated in the way politicians, end-demand advocates, and media representatives talk about prostitution.”

Blessings and love to all.

Love,
Emerald

“Look behind your own soul, and the person that you’ll see just might remind you of me; I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry, and I know you do the same things too, so we’re really not that different, me and you…”
-Collin Raye “Not That Different”

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