// Ghee. Thank you fuzzies!
>>sent EMMANUEL - 16:24
MAY: you finally got a cell phoneee
>>sent EMMANUEL - 16:29
>>sent GINGER BEER - 13:21
MAY: I don't think I'll be drinking anymore
>>sent GINGER BEER - 13:22
MAY: it makes Digory's skies a little gray
—you were forewarned that I would be writing a “how to roleplay as a prostitute” thing in a few days because I’ve been seeing prostitution being romanticized and it’s really ticking me off therefore i am going to offended lots of you and i do not apologize in advance due to the fact that i worked with human trafficking victims in thailand and it’s the worst thing to see people take it so lightly and/or use it as an opportunity to roleplay smut
The book Les Miserables is possibly the greatest book ever written. Yes, I do understand the gravity of that statement. Les Miserables was great because Victor Hugo took every voice of someone who is suffering—whether it be a prostitute aching for a bright future for her daughter, a lone revolutionist aching with love for his country, a man aching for redemption—and made it relevant and tangible.
Undeniably, his strongest character is Fantine. Fantine is a girl from nowhere who was forced into prostitution to care for her daughter. Fantine first sells her hair, her teeth, all her belongings, works herself to madness sowing officer uniforms, then becomes a prostitute. Notice that becoming a prostitute is a last resort.
We live in a time when prostitution is used more as a device to make a plot more erotic and/or romantic, instead of using the narration to expose the horrific tragedy that is human trafficking. This is coming from a girl who has spent time with prostitutes and taken care of their children.
Lately, especially in Tumblr, I have been seeing roleplayers have characters who are prostitutes to use it as an excuse to roleplay smut. Not only is that disgusting, but a disgrace to storytellers and an insult to real prostitutes.
Prostitutes are woman and men who are enslaved.
Enslaved and raped hundreds of times a week.
Enslavement happens differently. Sometimes it’s drugs, but more often in America it’s a pimp. It’s a man (or woman) who specifically seduced and one boy or girl with the intention of recruiting them to be their property. If you don’t make the money, you get beaten. If you say no to a customer, you get beaten. If you run away, which you more likely will not because you’re so emotionally (and at times physically) dependent, you get beaten.
Rape is another tangent all together. You cannot write about rape unless you have experienced it. You cannot. Believe me. There are no words to describe how fragile, how vile, and how desperate rape feels like.
It is ignorant and naive to believe that “true love” blossoms from a man who buys a woman for the night. If a man buys a woman for sex, no matter how “consensual” it may be, he has no respect for her. How can one buy another human? In Thailand, the prostitutes hope that a customer might really fall in love with them. Sometimes, a customer will marry the prostitute—but only to buy land in the native’s name and visit once a year. All customer and prostitute relationships are unhealthy, demented and should never be romanticized on any canvas.
In foreign countries, a woman will often go to a small village and say “Oh, is your little boy looking for a job? I’ll take him to the city to work!” And there you have it. A five year old boy on the corner of a street wearing makeup and a skirt being picked up by men in their sixties. Day after day. Year after year. Until he will die of AIDS and a broken heart. This is real.
"Creative writing is not an escape from reality, but rather a way to engage with it directly." -Bryan Parys
Writing is not your escape. That would make writing selfish. And true, revolutionary writing is not selfish. Engage with the world directly. Write as a prostitute. Make the world’s heart brake with your characterization instead of making them feel sensual. End human trafficking. Stop writing NSFW smut with prostitutes for your own sick pleasure.
This is really sweet. Thank you so much!