Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 5 19:05:28 UTC 2010

I'm glad to see that someone is giving it a go.

FWIW, the sentence:

Or beat them for failing to bring home enough money _one_ night.

would better read:

... beat them for failing to give him enough money _every_ night.

Such failure disrespects her daddy, since it demonstrates that, to
paraphrase, in vain has he punished your daughters, for they have not
received discipline.

IME, a pimp drops by the crib of one of his whores only for the
purpose of refreshing her memory of some forgotten aspect of The Game.
They bring him his money on the street, as he rolls up on them. In an
SNL sketch, Pimping Kyle shouts out of his car window, "Bring me my
money, bitch!" Such a *public* display of lack of control would be
entirely necessary.

As for the psychology of young girls, I was stunned to discover that
my three younger nieces, ranging in age from twenty to thirty, were
shocked! Shocked! To find out from me that "pimp" is not some random,
innocent, here-today-gone-tomorrow slang term, like _ride_ for
"automobile." They really had no idea!

Well that's abstinence for you!


On Mon, Apr 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Subject:      pimpin'
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> Resurrecting one of the old topics, the following is from Change.org
> (reproducing in full):
> ====
> Who would have thought that a Twitter exchange between Demi Moore and
> reality TV star Kim Kardashian this past week would have provided a
> teachable moment on the subject of sex trafficking?
> The exchange surrounded the word "pimp," which Kardashian used when she
> linked to a photo of her and some girlfriends out on the town, and
> labeled it "Big Pimpin'."
> Moore, an advocate against sex slavery who recently donated $250,000
> with her husband Ashton Kutcher to help the survivors of human
> trafficking, responded:
> "No disrespect. I love a girls night out but a pimp and pimping [refers
> to] nothing more than a slave owner! If we want to end slavery we need
> to stop glorifying the 'pimp' culture."
> The result? A slew of celebrity tabloid headlines pitting Demi vs. Kim.
> But as Changemaker Rachel Lloyd, founder of the anti-trafficking
> organization GEMS writes on Change.org this week
> <http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/view/demi_vs_kim_the_real_pimpin_issue>,
> the glaring omission from all the articles and commentary that resulted
> from the exchange is any real analysis of Moore's point --- that we
> glamorize and glorify pimp culture, use terminology that seems to
> legitimize the practice, and in doing so ignore the fact that pimps are
> modern-day slave-owners.
> Of course, Ms. Kardashian didn't intend to glorify real pimps any more
> than most people do when using the word as slang. But this slang
> desensitizes us to the terrible reality of pimps and the sex trade, and
> has a very real impact on the psychology of young girls most vulnerable
> to sexual exploitation.
> The median age of entry into the sex industry in America is between 12
> and 14 years old. And partially because of the use of the word "pimp" to
> glorify men in music videos and popular culture, many girls grow up
> thinking of a pimp as someone who is cool, rich, and sexy, rather than
> someone to be feared. Rather than as someone who might kidnap them. Or
> rape them. Or beat them for failing to bring home enough money one night.
> This is the awful reality of pimps, who sell more than 100,000 children
> for sex in the United States each year.
> It's unfortunate that it took a celebrity squabble to bring pimp culture
> to the nation's attention. But now that it's arisen, let's take this
> opportunity to have a real conversation about how to address a very real
> issue. For more information on the dark reality of pimping, click here
> <http://humantrafficking.change.org/blog/category/pimping>.
> ===
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