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Monday, February 12, 2007

Manic Monday... Spike

OH MY!!!!!

I sat with Chicklet, my jaw agape... Can it be? You hear the announcements but until you actually see it.....

It's real!

Sting!

Andy!

Stewart!


OH MY!!!!

Could it be? A reunion tour?

They play... I squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... Chicklet looks at me, rolls her eyes and proceeds to tap her feet... "ahem... Mommy... my hair?!... will you finish drying it please?... Mom... Maman?..." she sighs... I squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee... I haven't been this excited about watching music on TV since Taylor won... actually... probably more excited... of course once she started listening to it she looooved it, singing Roxanne out loud (better than Eddie Murphy though...)


Which reminds me of my previously mentionned 'friend' Nancy who had the nerve to record me singing it through the phone when we were 15 and has kept a copy to blackmail me...

OH MY!!!!!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!







Manic Monday... spiked...





A room…
the Red Light district…
6 inch spiked heels…
ruby red lips…
the smell of cheap perfume sprayed liberally to mask the musk of many men...
his treasure in exchange for hers…
a price is set…
money exchanged…
her fishnet stockings snagged…
the man’s rough hands …
briskly pushing her skirt up to get what he’s come for…
the smell of alcohol on his breath...

seeping from his pores...
a yellowish bruise on her neck that her John ignores…
not wanting to know…
making it easier…
his whore...
bought and paid for…
her eyes vacant…
he enters…
disconnected…
the glint of a wedding band..
tarnished…
dreams faded…
grinding…
memories of the child that once was…
grunts…
laboring…
slavery…
he finishes…
withdrawal…
a door slams…
solitude…
sigh of relief…
she lives…
for now…




Amsterdam's Red Light District













Do YOU think America would have such a place?
Should we protect the rights and safety of sex industry workers?
What if it was your daughter, sister, niece, wife?
Should Prostitution be legalized and normalized?
Is Prostitution violence against women?
10?????




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Comments on "Manic Monday... Spike"

 

Blogger Bond said ... (12:50 PM) : 

OMG .. OK, backing up

The Police..glad you are so happy. Glad Chicklet sings better then Ediie Murphy.

Now, your story... sizzling HOT

The picture... OMGoodness.... THUMP

The video.. very interesting...

Excellent job.

 

Blogger Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said ... (1:24 PM) : 

my word honey, i have no idea....

smiles, bee

 

Blogger Angell said ... (1:25 PM) : 

Yeah, someone want to revive Vinny? Anndi luv, no fair teasing the man like that.

Very interesting entry - love the imagery.

A+++++++ - oh wait, we're not grading papers here....

Ah heck with it!!

 

Blogger Desert Songbird said ... (1:45 PM) : 

Oooo, you know...I grew up with Dutch parents from The Netherlands, and they were very liberal and free-thinking on one hand, but very conservative when it came to their own five daughters (not surprising).

My hubby and I have very different views on sex and sexuality, but essentially I believe that legalizing prostitution makes sure that the women are healthy and protected, something that the illicit nature of prostitution in most societies does not.

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (1:48 PM) : 

Vince...

Be careful when you step back, you might bump into something...

I literally squealed!
LOL.. so is she I suspect!

Thank you... *blushes*

I know... thought I'd put something up the gentleman readers might like to look at. Need help getting up dear?

Which one? Can you both? Or did GoFish go all wonky again?

Wise man to stay away from the questions LOL

Can you believe that man saying 10 would be an appropriate age to expose his child to this? If there's justice in the world, that child's mother will get her hands on the video, take him o to court and be granted full custody.. wait.. she probably has it already. What a dead beat.

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (1:49 PM) : 

Bee

Bit of a shocker this fine Monday I guess.

Thank you for visiting

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (1:50 PM) : 

Angell

Thanks sweetheart.

Brought some smelling salts for Vinny LOL...

Plus you know they really like the pics... I want those shoes LOL!

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (2:22 PM) : 

Songbird

Yes, well it seems that once we become parents we remember what the world wants and well, we just want to protect our angels from that.

The number one cause of death for prostitutes in Canada is violence, and because it is elicit, so much of it is never brought to light. I would hope that if it were legalized there would be resources and a system in place to ensure their safety and well being.

With most things elicit there is a violent subculture attached.

Should sex be treated like alcohol? Should we have sex bars (wait a minute.. aren't those strip joints?)? Who will determine the standards and structure to be followed. Must you be 18? Does it have to be heterosexual? Can there be whips?

I am curious about the arguments against it. Do we impinge on people's rights when we prevent them from having sex in a manner other that what falls under a given culture's standards of morality?

Sex and religion...

Thank you for sharing your views, I appreciate it as always.

 

Blogger Jonathan said ... (2:30 PM) : 

Should Prostitution be legalized and normalized?

I don't know if my position will surprise you or not, Anndi, but I am in favor of legalizing prostitution.

First of all, I think it's a damned shame that it exists. I wish that women had more self-respect than to engage in prostitution.

Should it be "normalized"? If by "normalized" you mean "encouraged", I would say no.

Having said these things...

To me, it's an issue of individual freedom and personal responsibility. If a woman wants to do that to herself, and a man wants to willingly pay for her "services", I don't think it's anyone's business. Supply and demand, people.

IMHO, laws against prostitution are based on morals and not on any scientific reasons or compelling government interest reasons. While I find prostitution disgusting and immoral, my solution is simply to NOT procure a "service provider"...and as such, I have never procured one!

But if you or anyone else wanted one, why should I care? With the exception of the introduction of money into the equation, what would be any different than picking up someone at a bar/club and taking them home that night to do the "horizontal hula" (or vertical, or perpendicular, or...well, you get the idea)?

What if it were my daughter or niece or whatever? I'd hate it! But, if she were a legal adult not living under my roof, she's free to live her life as she pleases. I definitely would hate it, but there's little I could do about it.

Is Prostitution violence against women?

Provided that the exchange of "services" is voluntary, no.

 

Blogger Morgen said ... (2:35 PM) : 

Anndi: great post -- from The Police to prostitution...
I must say that I think that legalizing it would be safer for the sex workers. I mean, if they could get a paycheck and be taxed for their services, and get health benefits.
But we all know I'm the left-winger liberal.
However, I do draw a line at minors. Only consenting sex between ADULTS.

Thanks for this provocative post for Manic Monday
cheers,
Manic Mo

 

Blogger Sanni said ... (3:03 PM) : 

The Police? Oh my! I´d give... lots to see them!

You did an excellent job on this post, Anndi.

In my opinion prostitution should be legalized. We have some redlight districts in Germany, too. I guess there´s at least one in each city. The girls working in such a district are much more safe and protected than those who are on the streets. Legalization can also help to girls to get more "comfort", like a health insurance, etc.

Those men who like to visit the ladies will visit them anyway... so why not help the prostitutes?

But I also think there has to be a kind of limitation when to begin (at least... 18? 21? Mmmmh, that´s a difficult question!)

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (4:35 PM) : 

Jonathan my friend

don't know if my position will surprise you or not, Anndi, but I am in favor of legalizing prostitution.

It doesn’t, actually. I don’t presume to know what is in your thoughts, although I had a suspicion you would be specifically for some of the reasons you put forth.

I wish that women had more self-respect than to engage in prostitution.

I don’t know that they don’t. Maybe in a society where their profession wasn’t marginalized, it would be easier for them to respect themselves and be respected.

Maybe part of the problem they are faced with is that we see prostitution, in our Western culture, as being base.

I don’t know about supply and demand being a reason to support it. I’m opposed to adoptions where the child goes to the highest bidder for example, but the demand is there… I’m against the notion that selling one’s body parts ( I mean like kidneys) should be allowed. Yet, the demand is there and it supports a black market.. in both cases!

That being said… my response to Songbird was a reflection of your comments in many ways…

I am curious about the arguments against it. Do we impinge on people's rights when we prevent them from having sex in a manner other that what falls under a given culture's standards of morality?

Sex and religion...


Would it surprise you that I do value individual freedom and the right to choose?

I just believe that in society there are certain issues where the good of all sometimes surpasses the good of the individual. It’s why we live in a society with basic rules and laws. Our democracies would crumble if we didn’t all play the game with the same and common set of obligations and responsibilities.

Try playing Candyland with a 4 year old that changes the rules as she goes along.. sheer chaos.. there’s just no winning LOL and it will make you want to tear your hair out.. well.. your chest hair ;-)

That’s what I mean when I mention the need to normalize. I have no real opinion as to whether or not it should be encouraged, as you have said, it’s a matter of personal choice(yes, you read correctly.. personal choice). What I refer to is the need to standardize and set some guidelines. For example, alcohol consumption is permitted under a specific set of conditions. You have to be of legal age (in Canada, if you can die for your country, if you can vote then are allowed to drink! 18 is the minimum legal drinking age)… why 18, who knows, will it kill you if you’re 17 and 2/3rds? Probably not. But there’s a guideline… alcohol may not be purchased during specific times.. etc…

Oh and sweetie, there are male prostitutes too.. not just women.

if she were a legal adult not living under my roof

I’m sorry but that made me smile, it’s kinda cute. I’m certain you’ll make a wonderful father someday.

As always Jonathan, I LOVE the way you voice your opinions and stand by them. You are always welcome.

Wait.. were you the one in my horoscope? Uh oh.. am I in trouble now? ;-)

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Morgen

Thank you for the word... for the encouragement, and the visit.

Prostitution has been around forever, it's not going away. Making it safe for the workers of the sex industry makes sense to me.

Hopefully it would help reduce all the crime associated with it because it's illicit.

Sex is for grown-ups.. agreed! So long as they are consenting.. absolutely.

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (4:43 PM) : 

Sanni

since I don't believe in selling my kidneys.. or my child... I'll have to figure out a way to get those tickets.. good old fashioned hard work and pinching pennies I guess.

Thanks for the encouragement, I always enjoy your blog dear.

And I agree, if they're going to do it, let's make it safe.

Not sure if it should be 18 or 21.. but it should be consistent with other practices in a country with respect to such issues.

What I've heard when they have these debates in Canada, is that in theory people agree with districts.. but then the hypocritical not in my backyard comments flood in

Big coffee flavored hugs to you dear!

 

Blogger Sueann said ... (7:38 PM) : 

YES, YES, YES, AND UMMMM YES!!!! LOL!!!! HUGS!

 

Blogger Desert Songbird said ... (8:24 PM) : 

Whew - had to come back to view that Police video. Would you believe I missed the Grammys last night?! Ack!

I've seen The Police in concert once, and I've seen Sting in concert twice. I hear that they're planning a 50 city North American tour - WOOOHOO!

I so hope they come around here.

Sigh. Sting - that man...whew...

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (8:44 PM) : 

Sue.. um.. you need a ciggie honey?
LOL

Love ya

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (8:46 PM) : 

Songbird

THEY ARE COMING TO MONTREAL!!!!

*Jumps up and down*

But you know, as our friend Bond likes to say...

It's about the music!

*wink*

Lucky girl, I'm hoping to get tickets to the reunion tour... still amazing after all these years!

 

Blogger Travis said ... (8:53 PM) : 

THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP

Wait...

That's not fair!! You get me all thumpy, and then you ask me socially relevant questions!!!

Harumph!!

 

Blogger Anndi said ... (8:55 PM) : 

Travis mon coeur

I'm engaging your mind... the pics were merely foreplay LOL!

I KNOW you have interesting views on this!!

Je t'adore

 

Blogger JohnH985 said ... (12:59 AM) : 

Great post. I saw the Police in concert back many years ago and enjoyed it. Would love to see them again.

Your story was very well done...ahem, excuse me for a moment...

Now for the thoughts on prostitution. I actually visited the red light district when I was in Amsterdam, couldn't not visit what was one what it is famoust for. I applaud the fact that the prostitutes there have certain benefits and aren't worried but arrest, but it was like the woman in the video said, it was kind of sad to see women behind glass windows for sale like a piece of merchandise.

Now, being the liberal I am, if a woman wants to sell her body, I feel that is her right. I think the law should be changed to reflect this,do I think it ever will, probably not. Sex is too high voltage a subject.

The problem is with the preception that society has of prostitutes. If they were legalized it still would be a problem with how the rest of society looks at them. Until sex is viewed as something not dirty prostitutes will have problems, legal or not.

 

Blogger Lizza said ... (3:44 AM) : 

I've seen you comment over at some other blogs (hi Bond and Sanni and Mo! grin) and I must say I'm glad I visited.

I enjoyed your Manic Monday post, especially the prostitution verse. Very gritty, dark and stark.

I think prostitution should also be legalized or at least decriminalized--as long as no minors and coercion are involved.

 

Blogger Tisha! said ... (8:10 AM) : 

Oh my word!!!

"fire, stimulation, scintillation, inspiration" don't even come close to describing you my darling!!!

It may surprise some of you that some women actually choose to get in the profession and in my view legalizing prostitution is a way to protect those women who today are part of slave trades for example. Beyond that there is mandatory health check ups, no abusive pimps and taxes damn it why shouldn't the oldest profession in history not be taxed???

Well I can go on forever but my last words...je t'aime ma cherie!!!

 

Blogger Jonathan said ... (8:14 AM) : 

I wish that women had more self-respect than to engage in prostitution.

I don’t know that they don’t. Maybe in a society where their profession wasn’t marginalized, it would be easier for them to respect themselves and be respected.


This is where I have to disagree with you, Anndi. In my view, there is nothing respectable about being a prostitute. Still, a person should be free to do so.

Maybe part of the problem they are faced with is that we see prostitution, in our Western culture, as being base.

Maybe so, but I can't fathom a reason as to why it would not be considered base. A person who chooses that line of work is, IMHO, saying that he/she doesn't have any marketable skills or talents other than orgasmic relief. That's sad. I'd like to think I have that talent plus other talents! ;)

I don’t know about supply and demand being a reason to support it. I’m opposed to adoptions where the child goes to the highest bidder for example, but the demand is there… I’m against the notion that selling one’s body parts ( I mean like kidneys) should be allowed. Yet, the demand is there and it supports a black market.. in both cases!

Good points, especially on the adoption issue. I think they're kinda different, though. In the case of adoption, there is the overall welfare of the child to consider, and the highest bidder is obviously not necessarily the best fit for the child.

In the case of selling body parts, this may offend you but I disagree with your position. It's my kidney, and if I want to sell it to the highest bidder, then by God, I should be allowed to do so. I've heard the same argument you're making used in this country from people who normally support a woman's right to an abortion, as if her right to "choose" what she does with her own body (oftentimes the biggest defense of abortion rights) is somehow more important than my right to "choose" what I do with my own body. If it's my kidney, you have no say-so.

Don't worry...I'm never going to put that into practice! I am personally choosing not to auction off my spleen or anything else. When I die, science can have what they want, and folks can bury what's left of me.

Would it surprise you that I do value individual freedom and the right to choose?

Based on our discussion at Tisha's place about smoker's individual freedoms and right, I would answer "Slightly, yes." ;p

I just believe that in society there are certain issues where the good of all sometimes surpasses the good of the individual.

With all due respect, Anndi, Marx believed the same thing. No, I'm not calling you a Marxist at all. I'm just pointing out that such a position has been advocated by different people, some with pure motives (like you) and others with less than pure motives (like Marx and the future Soviets he inspired). It's a position I am extremely wary of, since anyone can argue that "this is for the 'common good'" to justify heavyhanded actions.

It’s why we live in a society with basic rules and laws. Our democracies would crumble if we didn’t all play the game with the same and common set of obligations and responsibilities.

This is a non sequitir, mon amie. We live in law-based society to prevent chaos and to instill order. In a society that values individual freedom and personal liberty (like the US was in its infancy, up until the New Deal), the laws were basically to ensure that no one exercised their right to life, liberty, or property in a way that deprived anyone else of their same rights. No killing, no stealing, no raping, etc. Those don't have anything to do with the "common good". Those are individual rights being protected, and they apply to everyone. That the "common good" benefits from observation of those laws is an ancillary benefit.

Try playing Candyland with a 4 year old that changes the rules as she goes along..

Hey, I've dated women a helluva lot older than that who tried the same thing! :-D

and it will make you want to tear your hair out..

My...WHAT?

well.. your chest hair ;-)

Oh. OK. Gotcha. :-D

Oh and sweetie, there are male prostitutes too.. not just women.

Excellent point. It was presumptuous of me to assume otherwise. Thanks for pointing that out.

What I refer to is the need to standardize and set some guidelines. For example, alcohol consumption is permitted under a specific set of conditions. You have to be of legal age (in Canada, if you can die for your country, if you can vote then are allowed to drink! 18 is the minimum legal drinking age)…

Yes, I agree with that. My view is that prostitution, like alcohol and smoking, should be limited to legal adults. No doubt about it.

why 18, who knows, will it kill you if you’re 17 and 2/3rds? Probably not.

LOL! I have frequently made that SAME point. It's like the day before your 18th birthday, you're not mature enough, but the next day? Instant transformation! Oh, well, there's got to be a line somewhere, right?

BTW, in America, the legal drinking age is 21. I think that's stupid. If legal adulthood here is 18 (and it is), and you can buy cigarettes, go to jail for breaking the law, go to war and die, etc., why in the Sam Hill can't you drink a friggin' beer? If society is saying "We now trust you to be a responsible and accountable adult", why does that not extend to alcohol consumption? Probably that "common good" thing again. ;)

if she were a legal adult not living under my roof

I’m sorry but that made me smile, it’s kinda cute. I’m certain you’ll make a wonderful father someday.


I'd like to think I already am. :)

As always Jonathan, I LOVE the way you voice your opinions and stand by them. You are always welcome.

Thank you, m'lady. And while I may from time to time disagree with your views, even if vehemently so, I very much enjoy the dialogue. :)

Wait.. were you the one in my horoscope? Uh oh.. am I in trouble now? ;-)

Unless it said you were going to be badgered by a strange-looking opinionated neo-libertarian bald dude, I don't think so. :-D

 

Blogger Turnbaby said ... (1:36 PM) : 

Excellent job!

I really liked the imagery--explicit with being explicit

 

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