Prostitute Turns Blogger : Eternal truths of love and nature – by Li Xiguang – 21st September 2011
Sex worker’s stories tell eternal truths of love and nature (Global Times) China has over 200 million people writing or posting microblogs. Most of them are dull. But last week, I came across a Weibo by a young sex worker named Ruo Xiaoan, who could win the best journalism award for Weibo writing. Since prostitution has been criminalized in China, the sex industry is dark and murky. The millions of sex workers deserve to have a voice on Weibo. Microblogging can shed light in one of the darkest parts of this country.
Xiaoan has 170,000 followers and I hope her blog can educate people to treat these girls like human beings: “After the New Year, my first client demanded we meet in a car by the West Lake. He was seeking a thrill by having sex in a car. The West Lake looked so pretty. But he only cared about my body. I was simplified to a few human organs. He forgot that I am a woman, a young woman who is eager for love.” “We are being attacked as being abject things with a low place. But in my room, I have more books than condoms.
Those men who decorate their offices with books never took a second to look at the books when they walked into my room. They are more skillful in opening a condom than turning a book page.” Her writings are not porn. She isn’t seeking an unhealthy relationship with her followers. She writes about the relationship between sex and nature. When it is cloudy, she writes, “Hangzhou is gloomy. My roommate left for home. It was a year ago when we started sharing a rented apartment. We used to drink together and sometimes serve a client together. We laughed and cried.
Before she left, she gave me half a box of condoms.” When rain comes, she writes, “The sound of rain woke me up. He had left. He had placed gardenia, which he collected in the early morning, on the table. The flowers smell of fresh rain. It must be the most beautiful and most peaceful moment in his whole life. After he left my place, he disappeared into the crowd of the city.” When it is a sunny day, she writes, “I want to strip all my clothes, open the curtains and my legs, letting in the wind and the sunlight to wreck havoc on my body. Perhaps someone is peeping at me from a window. But the happiest thing is to expose your most private parts to nature.”
Her writings are thoughtful. But her blog is never a dreary soliloquy, but filled with narrative and incident. In one story she writes about a man’s guilty conscience. “A client bought me a dress. It looked good but did not fit me. ‘Take it back and give it to your wife,’ I said. He called me the next day, ‘My wife was so happy when she wore it.’ Then he cried and never contacted me since.”
In other stories, she relentlessly writes about the hypocrisy of her clients: “I told him on the phone, ‘If you spend the whole night chatting with me, I will take the initiative in the morning. I will not ask a fen from you.’ He came and talked with me. Before daybreak, he was waiting for my action. But I did not take action. I hated him for selling his thoughts and ideas for free sex. I would rather he had stripped me after he walked into the room.” “Festivals are always a sorrow for me. Those fat men who have twitched with my body are now with their families watching lanterns. They are not my clients. They are good husbands and good fathers.
Tonight, there might be a migrant laborer like me coming to my place. If he comes, I will not accept his money.” She does not advocate HIV prevention education, but she does give peer education to her fellow sex workers about being safe and healthy in her trade: “I held the condom and warmed it with my hand. I am not sure if he feels comfortable or not after I help him wear it. I do not want to be a prostitute today. I want to be his woman. I want him to wear the condom and take me.” Sex workers’ writings on Weibo pose a challenge to Chinese values. But Xiaoan smartly spills her secrets with beautiful stories. After reading her blog, I feel like I have had a long conversation with a real person.
The author is the director of the Tsinghua University International Center for Communication,
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This is a possible example of poverty, lack of effort and/or laziness, perhaps lack of opportunity and someone who needs to get registered in a marriage agency. Unlike some persons who enjoy the work, she’s not interested to be a prostitute so she should not even be working as one then complaining about it. Legalize the adult services industry and release her from prison. No tax payer is interested in paying for her jail stint or enriching prison contractors. Finally she is too morose and thoughtful to be a good prostitute. Little wonder the guy cried after that call !
We need NATURALLY happy and naturally highly sexed sex workers who enjoy the work, otherwise it will be her fault when all the clients will end up breaching a form of spiritual/professional ethics (this could be considered among criteria for work in the sex industry – any person less than enthusiastic should not be licensed for example) for themselves and this girl as well. Natural inclination should be fully considered and in this case, shes just a generally lost person seeking identity. Imprisoning her is plain wrong and very cruel.
Finally LEGALIZE the adult services industry. This whole issue right up to the jail term is oppressive and childish, undemocratic. Take a leaf from any country where adult services are properly legislated, study and adopt the laws as appropriate.
Blogger turns prostitute : Works for free for 1 day to prove her point Thursday, 26 January 2012 17:50
Outspoken blogger, feminist and activist Ye Haiyan (???), also known online as Liumang Yan (??? “Hooligan Sparrow”), is no stranger to controversy. Last year, she appeared nude along with three other women and dissident-artist Ai Weiwei in a picture entitled “One Tiger, Eight Breasts”.
The picture led police to probe Ai Weiwei for pornography, and angry netizens subsequently posted their own nude pictures in an online protest in support of Ai.
In order to dive into the world of rural sex workers so as to better understand and to speak up for them, Liumang Yan decided to become a prostitute for a day last week.
To be more exact, she didn’t exactly prostitute herself — she offered sexual services free of charge to migrant workers in a dingy sex-shop where prostitutes are paid a paltry 10 to 20 RMB by each customer they serve.
Along the way, she posted updates on Sina and Tencent Weibo, telling her followers about the hardships faced by the women she met, and the men she served.
Oiwan Lam of Global Voices has translated a selection of her tweets. Here are some of them:
Prostitute stays prostitute : Police: $6 sex act leads to prostitution charge Wednesday, Jan 25 2012, 3:25 pm adopted from Corey Friedman
Shelby Star – A Shelby prostitute faces a prostitution charge after police say she performed a sex act on a city street Tuesday.
A Shelby prostitute faces a prostitution charge after police say she performed a sex act on a city street Tuesday. Misty Marie Kullman, 25, of the 200 block of Best Street, performed the sex act on a man outside a vehicle on Claxton Drive in exchange for $6, according to a magistrate’s order. Shelby police arrested her on a charge of misdemeanor prostitution. Police received a suspicious vehicle call on Claxton Drive and spoke to Kullman, who was a passenger in the man’s car. Callmam told the officers that the man had picked her up from her apartment and they were riding around and talking, according to a police report. The man admitted to police that he paid Kullman for a sex act, Officer D.K. Gemes wrote in the report. The man said he gave Kullman a $2 bill, three $1 bills and an assortment of change, which officers found on Kullman.
Misty Marie Kullman, 25, of the 200 block of Best Street, performed the sex act on a man outside a vehicle on Claxton Drive in exchange for $6, according to a magistrate’s order. Shelby police arrested her on a charge of misdemeanor prostitution.
Police received a suspicious vehicle call on Claxton Drive and spoke to Kullman, who was a passenger in the man’s car. Kullman told the officers that the man had picked her up from her apartment and they were riding around and talking, according to a police report.
The man admitted to police that he paid Kullman for a sex act, Officer D.K. Gemes wrote in the report. The man said he gave Kullman a $2 bill, three $1 bills and an assortment of change, which officers found on Kullman.
Police took a written statement from the man, but did not charge him with a crime. Kullman is scheduled to appear in Cleveland County District Court Friday morning.
***Commentator comments :
Misty Marie Kullman you are the best whore in the history of whoring. Three bucks, a 2 dollar bill and a handful of change makes sex possible for most low wagers (especially the cool ones). Gotta love those two dollar bills. If that was even legal tender – well in Singapore it was. Give out handjobs for Turf and Surf to top off. Pro-Thonys too? I know you kinda look like that Sideboob Showgirl, but still, 6 dollars for any sex act is a prosperous agreement. You’re leaving that 14 bucks on Joe Public’s table for his low stakes poker session or that beer drinking bout with his mates or that cheapo flat or 0.3 carat diamond ring for a future wife he hasn’t met but is saving for now.
Instead of sucking dick for loose change, advertise for bars on the stool, for a bucket of beer and all you can eat off the menu, this helps business as well as keeps people fed and in a warm place. Don’t even listen to a second offer. Otherwise blowing dudes for minimum wage the rest of your career is fair enough till you retire or decide to settle down and get married.
By CFK posted January 26th, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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Legalize. And this is a very honest person and even a benchmark for ‘Sex Worker Trade Best Practices’, no gold digger for certain, working for minimum wage providing useful services that keep the guys happy, non-strifeful and productive at the workplace.
Maria needs to be represented by SWAV or PONY type groups and have those charges overturned as well as those prohibition era laws overturned. 15 mins (or was it less?) of work for full 1 hour minimum wage is bargain in Marie’s favour, 4 times over! Can’t expect someone to shell out their entire day’s salary for a few mins no? Don’t listen to the Shelby Star article here, they think everyone’s worth 401K when even 4.01K is already a rarity among the 99%. Who can afford to blow both cash and wad like that? Keep those charges reasonable, Johns need to eat too, and Maria leads the way.
This looks like the face of fair ‘fare’ – a 6 Dollar Hooker (not a 6 Million Dollar Fembot), can’t wait for the 5000 Block era ones – with meat popsicle options among the ‘classics’ we hope! Minimum wage and street cars rule! (Marie shown here modelling a nice Shelby dress from Coast . . . )