FOWC with Fandango — Viewers

FOWC

It’s September 12, 2022. Welcome to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “viewers.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Please check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. Show them some love.

27 thoughts on “FOWC with Fandango — Viewers

  1. Rall September 12, 2022 / 12:52 am

    aussie tv viewers
    are being overwhelmed
    by coverage of royalty
    because of Queen Elizabeth’s II death
    of course
    it is a sad time for us but
    it has become too much
    allegro ma non troppo
    is the recommended speed dynamic
    throttle back a bit

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    • Lolsy's Library September 12, 2022 / 4:31 am

      Hahahaha. Good one! I have no problem with the Royal Family, but I was a little annoyed the Midsomer Murders was on much later than it should have been, lol

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  2. donmatthewspoetry September 12, 2022 / 2:36 am

    ODE TO VIEWERS

    Down here in Orstralia
    (Viewers through and through)
    We spend our day a’viewing
    Viewing what is new

    I’m proud of this one Fan……

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  3. Cynthia September 12, 2022 / 8:20 am

    One thing I have observed is that during the circulation of videos on social media, especially ones with obscene content, they barely advise viewers discretion.

    Many a times you are bombarded with videos that has the tendency to spoil your mood at the time or even make you to puke.

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    • Fandango September 12, 2022 / 9:28 am

      I agree. Some can be pretty disgusting.

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  4. Marleen September 13, 2022 / 4:57 pm

    I shared a video recorded in 2014, earlier today, from Purdue I’m pretty sure. I accidentally included and extra link (doubling of what was intended) as well as an extra apostrophe (as will be seen when the comment pertaining to “viewers” receives releasing from your junk file).

    This (below) is a bit of a diversion, while I see this topic having been brought up as a peculiar tangent within the video itself. I liked the idea of learning in a travel context; I hadn’t heard his approach to prostitution, later in the talk, yet. Zheesh… is that part of his travel business?

    As for his more public affiliation with practical approaches to drug use, I can agree with that (he mentions the most Nordic countries as examples); by contrast, he doesn’t mention Nordic approaches to outlawing the idea of prostitution as work. So, I feel compelled to make note.

    https://knowinsiders.com/where-is-prostitution-legal-in-europe-and-countries-ban-on-sex-work-33859.html

    I’m quoting [largely overlooking the grammar issues with apparent translation]. Observably, there are multiple red rectangles that seem to be prompts to access additional pieces of the article; one doesn’t need to click on these and can simply scroll down:

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    The legal and social treatment of prostitution differs widely by country. Very liberal prostitution policies exist in the Netherlands and Germany, and these countries are major destinations for international sex tourism.

    In Sweden, Norway, and Iceland it is illegal to pay for sex, but not to be a prostitute (the client commits a crime, but not the prostitute).

    In Eastern Europe, the anti-prostitution laws target the prostitutes, because in these countries prostitution is condemned from a moralconservative viewpoint.

    Other countries which have restrictive prostitution policies and officially affirm an anti-prostitution stance are the UK, Ireland and France.

    Among countries where prostitution is not officially and legally regulated and recognized as a job, laissez-faire and tolerant attitudes exist in Spain, Belgium and the Czech Republic.

    Different models of prostitution policies

    Here, a distinction is made between four different political approaches or models:

    1.Ban on prostitution: The sale of sexual services is generally prohibited.
    2.Prohibition of the purchase of sexual services: It is legal to offer sexual services, however the purchase thereof is a criminal offence. This model is also referred to as criminalisation of clients or the Nordic/Swedish model, because Sweden was the first country that introduced it, in 1999, and the model now also applies in Norway.
    3.Prostitution is legal, but unregulated: Prostitution in itself is permitted, i.e. neither prostitutes nor clients are punished for exchanging paid sexual services. Other aspects of the issue are mainly regulated by bans covered by criminal law. In most cases these refer to third-party activities – such as brotheloperation or procuring – or to specific types of operation e.g. street prostitution. No further regulations apply to prostitution itself: i.e. prostitution, which in itself is permitted, is not subject to any other legal requirements such as mandatory registrations or authorisation requirements. This regulation often constitutes a minimum level of political consensus, or it is based on the assumption that prostitution will disappear in the long term if all the activities which accompany it are banned.
    4.Prostitution is legal and regulated: In these states, prostitution is not only permitted, but it is regulated by directives and therefore actively structured by the state. Directives of this type might be found in health or commercial law and involve licensing systems for brothels, mandatory registration for prostitutes, mandatory medical examinations etc. There are two versions of this model. The purpose of the directives in some countries, e.g. Greece, is the strict regulation of prostitution, and they relate primarily to requirements for prostitutes (e.g. mandatory medical examinations). In other countries, for example, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands or Germany, the objective of the directives is also to protect persons working in prostitution with regulations analogous to commercial law.

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    Only three countries in the European Union observe a strict ban on sex work until 2022, criminalizing both the buyers and sellers, with [other countries to include] France, Sweden and Ireland [going with] the so-called Nordic model of neo-abolitionism which makes soliciting [toward] sex workers [or offering pay or paying for sex as work or a temporary means out of destitude] illegal.

    The degree of enforcement of the anti-prostitution laws vary by country, by region and by city. In many places there is a big discrepancy between the laws which exist on the books and what happens in practice.

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    Legislation in France has been recently amended. Until 2016 both prostitution and the purchase of sexual services were considered legal, and the criminal code criminalised only organised forms or the involvement of third parties.

    However, some limitations existed. For instance, in the attempt of limiting street prostitution, Law n. 2003-239 (the so-called Law Sarkozy II) introduced a ban for ‘passive solicitation’ (racolage passif).

    The provision introduced in the criminal code (i.e. Article 225-10-1 c.c.) punished (with two months of imprisonment and a fine of 3.750 EUR) ‘the fact, by any means, including even a passive attitude, of publicly soliciting others with a view to inciting them to sexual relations in exchange for remuneration or a promise of remuneration’.

    The French approach completely changed in 2016, switching the target in the fight against prostitution from the sex workers to the clients. Indeed, in April 2016 the Parliament adopted Law in 2016 aimed ‘to strengthen the fight against the prostitution system and to support prostituted persons’. This law repealed the ‘passive solicitation’ offence, and introduced in the Criminal Code […] the ‘use of prostitution’.

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    Prostitution is illegal in Sweden

    *… The Sex Purchase Act (Sexköpslagen), which makes it illegal to pay for sex but not to be a prostitute, was adopted in 1999 and was then unique. Since then similar laws have been passed in Norway and Iceland.

    The rationale underpinning the law was the view that prostitution was a form of violence against women so the crime consists in the customer paying for sex, not in the prostitute selling sexual services.

    Sweden has been the first country in the world to criminalise the purchase (i.e. clients) but not the offer (i.e. prostitutes) of sexual services (Jay Olsson, 2019: 16). This legislative model (often referred to as ‘the Nordic Model’) has been then adopted by other EU (France …) and extra-EU countries (Norway, Iceland, Northern Ireland and Canada). ~

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    • Marleen September 13, 2022 / 5:01 pm

      https://nordicmodelnow.org/2021/02/01/prostitution-policy-the-nordic-model-or-full-decriminalization/
      This page provides access to the recording and transcript [duration: 1.14.07 minutes] of our ‘Prostitution policy: The Nordic Model or full decriminalization? What do sex trade survivors say?’ webinar that was held on 24 January 2021.

      The theme of the webinar was the debate about the Sexual Exploitation Bill that Dame Diana Johnson recently tabled in the UK Parliament. If passed, this would establish a Nordic Model approach to prostitution legislation and policy in England and Wales. In the debate on the first reading … Dame Diana spoke eloquently on why [it] is urgently needed.

      Lyn Brown, [of] West Ham, spoke against [it] ….

      In the webinar we heard from women who have lived experience of prostitution under the Nordic Model … and under the decriminalized and legalized regimes in New Zealand and Germany. (You can find out more about the speakers below.) We asked them what prostitution is really like under these different regimes and whether they agree with Dame Diana or Lyn Brown.

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      Speakers

      Ally Marie Diamond: Ally Marie is of Maori/Pacific Islander heritage and grew up in New Zealand where she was groomed into prostitution as a vulnerable young woman, leading to seven years trapped in brothels. She now lives in Australia and is a passionate activist against the sex trade and for the Nordic Model. She co-founded Wahine Toa Rising, a survivor-led organisation that campaigns for a better deal and genuine alternatives for women involved in the sex trade in New Zealand.

      Unfortunately Ally Marie was unable to join us on the day due to a family emergency. Rebecca Mott kindly stepped into the breach and read Ally Marie’s speech and took her place in the discussion. Since the webinar, Ally Marie recorded herself delivering her speech and this is what you will see in the recording.

      Rebecca Mott: Rebecca used to do indoor prostitution of various types, all of which allow punters to be violent. She is now an Abolitionist, and blogs to explain the conditions of prostitution and the impact of having trauma as an exited woman.

      Huschke Mau: Huschke was, with interruptions, in prostitution in Germany for ten years, having been introduced to it as a sexually traumatized girl living through an economic emergency by a German police officer, her first pimp. She, too, is now a passionate activist against the sex trade and for the Nordic Model approach. She is the founder of Network Ella, an organisation of prostitution survivors.

      Cajsa. When she was 14, Cajsa became involved with a violent man. She stayed with him for two terrible years. After she managed to get away, she started to abuse drugs and turned to prostitution to finance her habit. She is now 23 and has been clean for three years. She now fights for women’s rights and is a member of #intedinhora, an organisation of people who have experienced prostitution in Sweden.

      Helen McDonald: Helen works for an Essex-based charity that supports survivors of sexual violence, including women exploited in the sex-industry. She joined Nordic Model Now! to contribute to the fight for a system she believes will play a major role in protecting women from sexual exploitation. Helen chaired the webinar.

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    • Marleen September 14, 2022 / 2:19 am

      I learned a couple things about my hometown, a couple to few decades before my ancestors arrived, in the last half-a-day.

      https://www.stlmag.com/The-Madame-Years/What

      Twain and his friend Warner chose not to mention in their epic satirical novel, which defined and gave name [The Gilded Age] to an era, was that downtown St. Louis, booming in the final years of the steamboat age, was like Paris in another way: It was swarming with prostitutes.

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    • Marleen September 14, 2022 / 12:27 pm

      I’ve read a really well-written traditional article — and from a standard news source — with impactful descriptions of laws and real-world processes, but I can’t find it right now. The presence of “sex boxes” tells me how debased humanity is and that, while the rest of it is bad enough (and outright trafficking is worse), there is something so crass (and/or stupid) about the people of Germany and Switzerland that I would never want to go there. [I know it’s not true of every individual, but if that wins out amongst the population… ick.]

      This (below) less-traditional article in presentation (yet from a standard source) includes a succession of photos, from a variety of different photo departments, and descriptions in smaller print below as well as further information in larger print above each.

      https://www.businessinsider.com/prostitution-is-legal-in-countries-across-europe-photos-2019-3?op=1

      Excerpts:

      While prostitution has a long history in Europe, it’s legality varies from country to country. In countries like Germany and Greece, the sex trade is fully legalized and regulated, whereas i[n a number of] northern European countries like Sweden, it is illegal to buy sex, but not illegal to sell it. Brothels and red-light districts have been a part of major European cities like Amsterdam and Hamburg for decades and, in some cases, centuries. But the current era of prostitution began around 2000 when the Netherlands became one of the first major European countries to formalize prostitution’s legality and regulate it like any other industry. Germany, Greece, and others followed suit, though Switzerland has had fully legal prostitution since 1942.

      Legalizing and regulating prostitution was supposed to make the trade safer for sex workers, helping them access critical health and government services, but by most accounts, it mostly resulted in turning prostitution [into] a major industry with hotel-sized brothels, brothel chains, and a cash cow of tax revenue.

      Here’s what the sex industry in Europe is actually like.

      {The article is from 2019. A number of countries are in flux and trying to change, so what the laws were then could be different now (less likely so with Switzerland or Germany).}

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      While prostitution has been legal in Switzerland since 1942 and is protected by the constitution, Petit Fleur, the first legal brothel, didn’t open until 1998. Typically, sex workers work in a brothel or buy a daily “ticket” to sell sex in designated street areas.

      Europe’s ‘biggest brothel’ is Germany. While sex work was tolerated as early as the 1800s, the government formally legalized it in 2002. The trade has since exploded into a $16.3 billion a year business …

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      Hamburg’s main sex-trade street is blocked by 12-foot high barricades on either end, and men under eighteen and women are prohibited from entering. The barricades are a major point of contention for feminist activists, who frequently demonstrate nearby.

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      Most sex workers, whether in Germany, the Netherlands, or Greece, tend to come from Eastern European countries (such as Roma and Bulgarians) according to Public Radio International. Many are coerced or trafficked.

      Not every customer wants sex. One worker (not pictured) told The Telegraph that she’s had customers that want to be walked on a leash “like a doggy,” while others only want to tell her stories about their childhood. “You know, you must be like a gum — malleable. …

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      In Greece, the economy has been so bad that it has pushed more women into the sex trade, with Athens seeing a 7% increase in sex workers since 2012, even as the price for sex has dropped.

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      Switzerland and Germany have both pioneered so-called “sex boxes” to eliminate street solicitation. In 2012, the Swiss government spent $2 million [and taxpayers earmarked $800,000 annually on top of that] to build a facility where sex workers pay a daily fee to work the [outdoor street] facility [with carports]. Customers drive in, negotiate with a worker, park in a box, and then do [whatever they do.]

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      Despite [a Swiss official’s stated] successes with the “sex box” experiment, many are starting to consider sex work legalization to be a failure in the Netherlands and Germany. Despite hopes that legalization would bring sex work out of the dark, little about the industry is [transparent].

      Only 76 women have taken advantage of laws that would allow them to get social security. Many hoped a 2017 reform law would improve regulation, but it seems to have done little. In Hamburg, about 600 sex workers registered with police as required, but some social services believe there are as many as 6,000 sex workers in the city.

      Because many sex workers are foreigners and only come for a few months, they see no benefit in registering. They don’t want to pay taxes or be branded as sex workers.

      “A lot of people just do it for a short period in their lives. They don’t want to have in their CV, ‘I was a whore from 2007 to 2009,'” a spokeswoman for Germany’s Trade Association for Erotic and Sexual Services (not pictured) [said].

      A bigger issue is that many activists say they’ve seen an increase in human trafficking since the sex trade was legalized. The vast majority of human trafficking is for forced prostitution, and Germany and the Netherlands are among the worst offenders. Raids on red-light establishments are frequent, but human trafficking is difficult to prosecute.

      … Activists say legal sex work makes it easier for traffickers to have coerced trafficked workers in plain sight. Sometimes, workers come willingly, lured by profit, but find working conditions to be abysmal.

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      There are many feminist activist groups throughout Europe that are outright against any kind of legal prostitution and are trying to ban it. Sabine Constabel, the leader of Sisters, a group that helps women leave the sex trade, considers any kind of sex work to be rape.

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      • Marleen September 14, 2022 / 12:29 pm

        This is one of the links from the prior-shared article (just above). There is a four-minute video embedded, which presents a woman who wanted to get out of prostitution (even though she had chosen to get into it out of desperation), plus a woman who is a Sister (as referenced above) and was the ex-prostitute’s way out and forward.

        https://m.dw.com/en/germany-prostitute-protection-laws-proving-impotent/a-47560411

        Germany: Prostitute protection laws proving impotent

        18.02.2019

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