Look at that, we’re 92% of the way to my Day of Blogs goal! So close — and as I’ve said, wouldn’t it be great to surpass that goal? Now’s the time to give! Thanks again to everyone who has contributed so far.

I’ve decided to set up a little sub-blog for the day of blogs. I’ll post a very large link to it tomorrow at the start of the event. I’ve decided to go with this idea for several reasons, namely to not bury any and all posts I’ve written for the past several weeks and to not really piss off people who are subscribed to me through a blog reader. If you do read through a blog reader though, please add the event blog to your reader now!

I’m also putting out another call for help, this time more than just financial. I’m going to do my best tomorrow to put up as many posts about sexual assault as I can (though I’m sure that a few “here’s how I’m holding up” and “oh look, it’s a Beatles song!” posts will pop up). That’s where you come in: I’m compiling ideas for various things to write about tomorrow, and can use some help. Since I have to blog so very often, most posts will be short. So if you’ve got: news stories, links to relevant blogs or websites, relevant artwork/videos/music, and/or suggestions for topics that you would like to see me cover, please pass them along! It would be extremely useful if you could email me any links to cara.kulwick@gmail.com. More abstract ideas can be left in the comments.

Thanks so much. My one other request is that you all show up tomorrow, read and comment! I’m sure that I’ll need the encouragement and interaction to see it through. Wish me luck!

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1 K July 26, 2008 at 12:56 am

I tried to email you but it didn’t deliver it. So, here are my ideas:

Woman charged with prostitution after seeking help for assault: http://www.nj.com/morristown/index.ssf/2008/07/woman_charged_with_prostitutio.html

Woman arrested in Brooklyn for prostitution…she was asthmatic and walking to the hospital. The cops claimed she was carrying a condom and had a previous arrest for prostitution, neither of which were true. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2008/07/13/2008-07-13_nabbed_as_hooker_on_way_to_hospital_for_.html

What this really point to is this (to quote myself elsewhere): In New York, and probably elsewhere, people can also be arrested for “loitering for the purposes of prostitution.” In practice, this means that women are arrested for their dress and appearance, for being in an area frequented by prostitutes, and even for their gender identity/expression and/or ethnicity. Women can also be arrested for being “known prostitutes,” which means that, yes, women with previous arrests for prostitution (whether they still work in the sex industry or not) can be and are arrested for walking down the street. And the police use condoms as evidence of prostitution all the time…which discourages people from carrying condoms!

Decriminalization of prostitution is on the San Francisco ballot: http://deepthroated.wordpress.com/2008/07/20/decriminalize-prostitution-initiative-on-san-francisco-ballot/

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