...how do you afford your Ashevillian lifestyle?
Yes, that is how I'm spelling it, thank you very much.
So we had a Mardi Gras parade in town last Tuesday. I didn't go, because I have a 9-to-5 job that is sucking the lifeforce right out of me and slowly driving me insane. I'm working on that.
The master plan for the the TV show is to get sponsors, enough so that I can live off the sponsorships. So, if anyone out there would like to have their product, service, or organization promoted on cable television, let me know.
One of the things really pissing me off lately is this prostitution crackdown by the local police. The mugshots of those arrested for solicitation or prostitution are now publically available online at the APB website and on channel 11. The comments on the various Asheville blogs about this have been varied, but uniformily depressing. Some puritan bluenoses welcome this, some see relatively minor (to my mind) civil rights issues with publically shaming those who haven't been convicted. The consensus seems to be that as long as only the "whores" and "lowlifes" get punished, and the decent people are left alone, this sort of thing is fine.
FUCK THAT. And fuck decent people, while you're at it.
Prostitution should not be illegal. It should not be condemned by society. The women and men who engage in this ancient and honorable profession should not be subject to the scorn of those who engage in more boring trades, and they should not be such easy targets for any random psycho who wnats to get his homicidal jollies off.
Possessing the talent and skill to engage in such a deeply pleasurable activity, one that is so integral to the human experience, so well as to be paid for it should be celebrated. Sex pros should have the same status as violinists and chefs. Virtually all the "problems" with this profession would disappear if the people with the laws and guns weren't sin-obsessed, sexually disfunctional crazy people. The pimps, the health issues, the exploitation, the addiction- these are all symptoms of being forced to operate outside of the basic societal niceties we all too often take for granted.
Those who know me, and those who have read this blog and seen my show, might believe me to be a frivolous fellow. And it is true that I do try to find the joke in everything. But there are quite a few causes I feel quite deeply on, and this is one of them. I intend to focus on this quite a bit in the near future, and lead a campaign of liberalization and decriminalization towards sex work in Asheville.