Friday the Thirteenth Again

Steph Guthrie:

The Harper government’s horrifying, draconian sex work legislation will result in violence and death for countless sex workers. It cannot pass, and in order for us to stop it, we need to scream about it. All of us. Please read and share.

Originally posted on The Honest Courtesan:

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.  –  Martin Luther King, Jr.

red umbrella ballToday is the first Friday the 13th in fourteen months, and since I’ve picked up quite a few readers since July of 2012 a number of you are probably wondering what that has to do with anything.  Well, it’s just this:  from soon after the beginning of this blog, I’ve asked those of you who aren’t sex workers yourselves to speak up for our rights on this day.  The gay rights movement didn’t really take off until the friends and families of gay people got involved, and it’s the same for us; since only about 1% of Western women ever formally work as whores, we’re going to need a lot of help to make our voices heard.  We need all the sex workers (such…

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4 thoughts on “Friday the Thirteenth Again

  1. FWIW, seems that there’s a protest planned for this Saturday in Vancouver (1):

    Sex workers and those who support them will gather on the front lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday (June 14) to express their displeasure with the Conservative government’s legislated attack on their livelihoods.

    I certainly plan to be there and if I can get my act together I, as as a long-term client of the profession, may even try to again indicate my support for both the profession and those in it: “I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome, I took some comfort there.” (The Boxer; S&G). As Maggie noted or suggested, “friends and families” – and “Johns” – may provide a crucial role in short-circuiting the rather antediluvian policies implicit in Bill C-36.

    Somewhat apropos, a link to “John’s Voice”, the website of a survey of “johns” in Vancouver (2).


    1) “_http://www.straight.com/news/663926/sex-worker-protest-planned-response-bill-c-36″;
    2) “_http://www.johnsvoice.ca/”;

    • I honestly find it weird that you would ask this question. Where did I ever indicate I objected to your previous comment. I simply didn’t approve it yet because, hi, I have a life and am not constantly signed into WordPress. Maybe don’t think the world revolves around you?

      • You mean it doesn’t? ;-)

        But mea culpa. WordPress seems a little weird at times in not showing comments if they’re still in moderation and even if you’re logged in. And I failed to refresh so that was probably part of the problem.

        In any case, I hope you give Harper hell – I certainly intend to, and it seems there are more than few of a similar mind.

        Regards,
        Jim

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