Sunday, March 05, 2006


Body and Sold

Tonight we had a great discussion about Deborah Lake Fortson's play "Body and Sold" which was performed by the Tempest Theater Company. Special thanks to the Tufts University Women's Center for getting it all together.

The play is meant to spread awareness and outrage about sex trafficking and its consequences through a series of intermeshed stories about youths who had fallen prey to sexual exploitation. The play made it clear that there is abuse, drug addiction, poverty, exploitation and violence running rampant on our streets and that many people are vulnerable while victims are afraid to talk. One of the lines in the play mentioned that they were “shell shocked” from a war that no one knows about. The play was quite intense for the audience, prompting interesting discussion afterwards.

Some of the things that were mentioned:

Could regulation or decriminalization of sex trafficking curb the violence and drug addictions?

How familiar are Tufts Students with the circumstances that led to sex trafficking in the play? Are there victims of abuse related to sex trafficking at Tufts?

What are the signs that a pimp may be trying to take advantage of you?

What is consent?


Anonymous melanie said...

yep, that was a pretty intense play! I thought it was especially interesting how the conversation afterwards turned to sex at college, and equated the social behavior that leads college women to trade sex for favors with that of young women/girls who are pressured into prostitution. The two situations are SO different, but it's interesting to stop and look at how our culture shapes women's reactions to sexual pressure, and normalizes sex as a commodity...

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