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NYC Cops Will Arrest You for Carrying Condoms

The woman asked Officer Hill why he was stopping her. 

She wore jean shorts and a tight red shirt and had stood outdoors for half an hour. She’d had a conversation with a passing man. When Officer Hill searched her bag, he found a condom and $1.25.

He arrested her for “loitering for the purpose of prostitution.” On the supporting deposition, he filled in the blanks for what she was wearing and how many condoms she had.

When I read over the deposition in the PROS Network’s Public Health Crisis (PDF), a study of how the NYPD arrests folks for carrying condoms, I thought of all the tight shirts I’d worn while idling outside on delicious spring days. I thought, She sounds like me. She sounds like my friends.

The NYPD will arrest you for carrying condoms, but that depends entirely on who you are. If you’re a middle-class white girl like me, you’re probably safe. But say you’re a sex worker or a queer kid kicked out of your home. Say you’re a  trans woman out for dinner with your boyfriend. Maybe you’ve been arrested as a sex worker before. Maybe some quota-filling cop thinks you look like a whore.

Then you’re not safe at all.

Like most laughably cruel tricks of the justice system, you probably wouldn’t know that you could be arrested for carrying condoms until it happened to you. Monica Gonzalez is a nurse and a grandmother. In 2008, Officer Sean Spencer arrested her for prostitution while she was on the way to the ER with an asthma attack. The condom he found on her turned out to be imaginary. Gonzalez sued the city after the charges were dropped. But if the condom were real, why should she have even been arrested at all?

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heavy trigger warnings for rape.

all right, I’ve calmed down enough to post this, and hell fuckin’ no I ain’t blurrin’ out names. 

hi my name is rachael, and this is why feminism is still needed. I have nothing else to say.

yooooo if you wanna know what the fuck i was so mad about, read the following and spread it please!!

this is physically painful to read oh my fucking god

wow i kinda hope kylah hill falls face first into a lit grill, ngl.

It’d be great if these fell into a hole and where never allowed to interact with other people ever again.

HOLY FUCK I’M SORRY FOLLOWERS THAT I’M REBLOGGING SOMETHING LIKE THIS BUT I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO OFFENDED IN MY LIFE. i don’t consider myself a feminist, but when people are outright misogamists and PRO-RAPE literally make me feel sick. and you know what? as a victim of rape i can tell you it is in fact right up there with the trauma caused by columbine and 9/11. (some people’s experiences may be less or more traumatic, so i figure it averages out.) though i no longer battle with it on a daily basis, i lost my humanity for about 2 years until i was able to come to terms with the fact that someone had violated me in such a damaging way. 

i never had come across people that were actually pro-rape and figured they were just freaks who were already in jail or soon to be heading there, not kids with the internet. i cannot believe i was so naive. rape IS serious, rape IS scarring, rape IS NOT a joke. if you are raped, it strips away any sense you had of being human, of having power, of feeling safe. everywhere you go becomes filled with potential rapists. every person you meet is either more human that you, or about take even more of your humanity away. you become broken, weak, and terrified. this is not something that should be joked about, nor should people see it as something that can be “whined” about. jesus christ. you think that i shouldn’t “complain” that a strange man’s penis was forced into me while i was too drunk and weak to fight back while i was held down and bleeding? you think i shouldn’t fucking COMPLAIN? complaining is something you do about too much math homework, standing up for humanity and womanhood is what you do for rape. 

and when other women (if kayla even deserves to be called that, i personally get the impression she is a frightened little girl trying desperately to fit in with men and get attention) won’t even stand up for their own sex and other people in general, it’s a travesty. when will girls wake the fuck up and look around? we are NOT equal, and regardless of that, rape is something that can ruin a person beyond repair. it can be worse than death, because you a in a living nightmare with almost no way out other than intense therapy and years of rebuilding your psyche. my god.

okay. i’m done. idk if this even made sense because i’ve been crying the whole time and not pressing backspace except for typos, but hopefully you get the point. down with rape culture.

I think I’m going to throw up. This is exactly why we need feminism.

Holy fuck. Kayla is one of the biggest pieces of shit I’ve had the fortune of witnessing..

I’m not a physical fighter but I could be

projectunbreakable:

The poster reads:
“You’ve been avoiding me all day on purpose, haven’t you, you little bitch.”
-I was 9 years old.
It was Christmas Day…and I was just a 9 year old little girl who still believed in Santa.  Christmas hasn’t ever been the same.
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Photographed in Boston, MA on October 4th.
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projectunbreakable:

The poster reads:

“You’ve been avoiding me all day on purpose, haven’t you, you little bitch.”

-I was 9 years old.

It was Christmas Day…and I was just a 9 year old little girl who still believed in Santa.  Christmas hasn’t ever been the same.

Photographed in Boston, MA on October 4th.

Click here to learn more about Project Unbreakable. (trigger warning)

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