First, I found this article about women entering the profession of pimping. I wasn’t aware that women had such an influence in pimping world. So if you’re like me, then read this article! http://www.cwfa.org/articledisplay.asp?id=17738&department=BLI&categoryid=commentary
The entire time we watched “Traffic in Souls” I was only thinking about how scared the women watching this film must have been, not of the men but of the women! Women pimping girls out? Maybe it’s just me being naive, but I didn’t know women were just as involved as men were in the profession.
We like to think of women as the care takers of our children and fellow women species! If we can trust our fellow women gender to take care of us in extreme times of need…who can we trust?! — I’m sure this is what the women watching this film were thinking…and they have a point. Yes, now in society we are well aware that women carry as much danger as men, but back then did they understand that women could be just as dangerous as men? When we think of women in prostitution, we generally think of them being the vitctim. The article that I posted sheds light on how women become a part of the pimping ring. If you didn’t read the article, it briefly talks about how women who end up pimping, were probably a victim at some point in their life, and in an attempt to stop being raped and victimized, they join forces with men and other women and start pimping. I wonder if the producers of “Traffic in Souls” meant for this aspect of women as the bullies in the film to be just as terrifying and controversial.
To me, this is more terrifying than the being the prostitute. Once your a victim…you’re only options are to escape and possibly die trying, or join forces and help inflict the same pain on other women. I would be very interested to know how women in the time of “Traffic in Souls” felt about seeing other women helping the evil men perform this “infamous traffic.” We’re they aware of this danger? Did they know that women could potentially lure them in just like men do…possibly even with more ease since women tend to be more trustworthy of women? This brings to light the issue that Jacobs introduced, surveillance. With women potentially being involved in prostitution…can we really trust anyone?
And as I sit here and debate prostitution in the city, I also keep thinking about how the word “pimp” has taken on an entire new meaning. When did THIS become a pimp? Seriously…does it coincide with Simmel’s idea that we must be eccentric in order to break the blase attitude? I don’t know, but this silent film has really got me thinking out loud.