I am going to just say this and then go to bed. Cyntoia Brown will be returning to her community in August. I can already smell the hounds ready to pounce on her to talk anout her trauma, her “life experience,” all in the name of providing her a platform 1/
What you will do is pick and mine and selectively indulge her story because you don’t realize that you are asking her to continue to live from her failed place (credit: MJ), her worst place and you think you’re “giving her a voice” 2/
What you are ACTUALLY doing is participating in the perpetuation of her oppression.
And I’m talking to you, academia. I’m talking to the folks lined up to give her speaking engagements where you will want her to talk about survival sex work because you feel sorry for her 3/