Suzzan Blac Art: Resilience and Truth

I love your comments and I follow all the links I get. We might argue, but most often we share anger, indignation, ideas and solidarity (yes, I’m lucky that you take the time to leave a word of appreciation!)

This time, I -was lucky enough that Suzzan Blac read my text, commented, and left me an open door to her work.

I followed the link and it was mind-blowing. Her story is sadly way too common. Her resilience is not.

“Suzzan Blac’s early years were the stuff of the darkest nightmares: abject poverty and spirit-crushing abuse. Adolescence brought a harrowing coercion into the horrific world of the sex trade where she was held prisoner. She escaped, but spiraled into depression. Eventual marriage to a loving man and two beautiful children gave her a sense of normalcy for the first time in her life. But the long buried memories kept her an emotional hostage. To free herself and heal, she started painting. Out came 42 pieces, so raw they shocked even the artist. She hid them for a decade. When finally she revealed them, fame followed. Her work is exhibited around the world.”

Her art breaches intellectual defenses and hypocrisy. Her art overwhelms the heart. You can’t search “logical” counter arguments while looking at it. This is visceral, you absorb her message, and suddenly the story of her life is yours too. The trigger warning comes here, as many will recognize themselves in the things she paints, those things people don’t like to talk about. It’s distressing.

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Feminism is NOT a private issue: a powerful lesson by Ellen Ekman

Stockholm comics scene is incredible. One of my favorite comic artist is Ellen Ekman. In 4 squares, she adresses an issue much better than I and my arm-long articles. (And think that she publishes one piece a day in the metro!!) I wish to translate for the English public this piece from the 12th June 2014.

This one addresses a very important women’s and public health issues, and why tagging something “my choice” will never be as powerful as treating it as making it “our problem“. So let’s treat all, and I mean all – health, prostitution, schools, public space and our safety- as collective matters.

 

"Les lignes 3, 15, 63 et 19 sont retardées pour cause de présence de paquet de chips sur la voie..." "Si personne ne se dénonce  nous n'allons pas plus loin... ok?"

“Lines 3, 15, 63 and 19 are delayed due to the presence of a bag of crisps on the rail lines …If no one denounces oneself, we are not going further … ok?”

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Legal makes it safe – NOT!

Because it’s hard to read and I’m grateful she did it. Because it must be remembered every BLOODY time we hear about punters and pimps talking about her free choice.

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Overview of content:

1 Police reports/articles by police

2 Articles from mainstream papers

3 Study on trafficking increasing because of legalization 

4 Findings by the German ministry for Families, Seniors, Women, and Youth

5 Example from the Netherlands

6 Germany, from Forums

7 Murders or murder attempts of prostituted women in Germany since 2002

8 Abolition 2014 and Initiative Stop Sexkauf

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There is an English (basic) overview of the Prostitution Act at: http://banishea.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/the-german-prostitution-act-myths-background-scope/

The law is currently under review in the German Bundestag (Parliament) – the views of the two coalition partners (Christian Conservatives – CDU/CSU and Social Democrats – SPD) vary. None are in favour of the Nordic Model – they are discussing various forms of reglementation.

We hope they’ll take some time so we can educate and reach out to more citizens.

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1 Police reports/articles by police:

Manfred Paulus, Ex-Police, highlighting the enormous abuses…

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Prostitution: un choix libre et éclairé (…pour l’homme)

Ce texte est disponible en anglais.

Ecrire sur la prostitution, c’est aller au casse-pipe (…ha ha) (…sorry).

On se retrouve très vite dans des guerres d’idées intestines, certaines sincères et véritablement soucieuses des femmes prostituées, certaines de mauvaise foi totale.

Mais une chose est sûre. Il est temps d’arrêter de scrutiniser la responsabilité des femmes.

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Lilla Berlin repointe le bout du nichon!

Yay! Le Lilla Berlin nouveau est arrivé!

Après un interminable mois de vacances, Ellen Ekman est de retour avec Lilla Berlin. Qui en quatre cases, fait mieux qu’un long discours!

Lilla Berlin 10 août 1/4

– Excusez moi, mais il est interdit de bronzer seins nus sur cette plage. Je vous signale qu’il y’a des enfants ici!

– Ah ouais, ça serait particulièrement horrible qu’ils puissent voir cette partie du corps que 50% d’entre eux auront en grandissant…

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