Post by: Paul VanDeCarr
Your name is Naomi, you live in Cape Town, South Africa. Now age 35, you’ve been a sex worker for 6 years, ever since your husband left you with a young daughter to raise and all the bills to pay. You project a strong image, but you worry a lot about violent clients, dishonest cops and your health. You need to make $25 to pay for your daughter’s school fees. So you go out on the streets. But you face some tough choices between protecting your health and avoiding trouble with the police.
You can play out this scenario in “Cops and Rubbers,” a table-top game funded by the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) at Open Society Foundations (OSF), and now available for free download. The goal is to put players in the shoes of sex workers in the many cities and countries worldwide—including OSF’s home base of New York City—where just having a condom is evidence enough of sex work to get you arrested or extorted by the police.
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Guest Post: Susan Promislo and Eric Antebi
The year was 1995. Jill Vialet was sitting outside the principal’s office at Santa Fe Elementary School in Oakland, Calif. Vialet, then head of the local children’s museum, had come to talk about arts in school. The principal wanted to talk about something else.
Outside the door was a line of kids who had gotten in trouble on the playground at recess. “Can you help me with THAT?” the principal asked Vialet.
When you were 13 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a writer. Novelist actually, but that wasn’t a word I’d have used back then. I’ve always been obsessed with stories and storytelling and when I discovered that someone actually got paid to write all the books I was reading, that was it for me. Of course, I eventually realized that “actually got paid” didn’t necessarily translate to “actually paying bills” but that’s beside the point.
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