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For the living and the dead. A post for #dec17

I am writing this on my phone.
The phone men use to contact me for sex.
The phone I use to check for assaults in my area.
The phone I can use to call for help.
The phone the Irish want to remove from me so I must go on the streets.

I am writing this on my phone, the phone I use to post my ads.
The ads which will get me imprisoned in America for making clear what I will and won’t do.

I am writing this on my phone, looking at the condoms that protect me.
The condoms the Scottish want to take away and use as evidence against me.

I am writing this on my phone, in a safe, dry room. A room the Norwegians will evict me from if they discover what I use the phone for.

I am writing this on my phone, the phone that helps Indian sex workers organise and work independently, even though white women say I am not capable of that.

I am writing this on my phone. The phone I use to photograph number plates before I get into a car. The phone that apparently makes me privileged and not representative.

I am writing this on my phone. The phone I use to make a safe call to my partner. Who can be arrested as my pimp for trying to keep me safe.

I am writing this on my phone. The phone I talk to others on who understand my life. But the UK will arrest us if we work together.

I am writing this on my phone, for the living and the dead.

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9 comments on “For the living and the dead. A post for #dec17

  1. aformersexworker
    December 16, 2013

    Reblogged this on The Sex Work Brief.

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  2. Maggie McNeill
    December 17, 2013

    Very, very powerful. Thank you for this.

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    • jemima2013
      December 17, 2013

      thank you, from you that means so much

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  4. aspasialibertine
    December 20, 2013

    Absolutely wonderful. This poem sums up what is wrong with the law that is both direct and to the point and in lovely prose.

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    • jemima2013
      December 21, 2013

      thank you so much, i thought about doing a long complex arguement, but tbh i think there is no one left to be convinced so just wrote what my heart felt

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