Awww, here I was gonna have some fun writing up a few slang definitions and usage explanations, and now you guys want me to actually work...
Part of the problem is that, in Ukraine at least, the laws against "production of pornography" seem to give them a leg to stand on. It all hinges on what the courts decide constitutes "production," and what is "pornography." I don't think the U.S. courts ever really decided on the second one! lol
But this means that maybe the laws need to be changed. I think that's rather beyond the scope of this little discussion, eh?
Corrupt and dirty cops are another problem that we really can't do anything about, except possibly to complain to higher authorities when we see it.
But what CAN we do?
Baby steps are about all that can be attempted at this point.
The police and the newspapers (which usually means the government) are trying to say that there is almost no difference between camming and prostitution. This is negative PR -- "bad press," we would call it.
Usually, positive PR would be used to counteract the negative PR.
They are trying to close the gap between camming and prostitution -- we want to make people see that there is a big gap!
But obviously, positive PR is out of the question in this case.
The #1 cam model in all Ukraine (whoever she might be) is not going to become a celebrity and go on tv and say, "I'm a cam girl and I'm proud of it!" lol
Even if something something big and hugely positive could be managed (Newspapers saying, "Cam Girls Save Orphanage from Wrecking Ball" or something... ) there would be the danger that our efforts would serve only as a recruiting poster for the web-pimps, and I'm pretty sure we don't want that.
We need to find a way to tell everyone that camming is NOT prostitution -- to clean up the image of camming, to make the ordinary people think that it is not the same as prostitution.
This is the first step to changing the laws -- to get the ordinary people on your side.
But we really don't want to clean it up too much, to the point that it might become trendy. (Who would have imagined, 25 years ago, that tattoos would suddenly be so popular? Is it impossible that camming could be next! )
I don't think we want those in pursuit of the elusive "hotness" (thanks, Froglover! I appreciated your post. ) to get the notion that it's soooo hot! to be a cam model. If they haven't already... That would, once again, make our work only serve as advertising to further fill pockets in Montreal, Las Vegas, and elsewhere.
About all that we can really do is a low-key campaign to counteract the official version of camming. "Spreading the word," if you prefer...
A simple message should be constructed. "Cam girls are not prostitutes!" might work. Then this message needs to be spread as much as possible, as often as possible.
Gossip, graffiti, anything that acts to weaken what the cops and newspapers are saying. It should be small, almost too small to notice, but it should be everywhere!
The letters to the newspapers are great -- the more the better! Again and again! Every time a new article is published, there needs to be letter saying "This is not true! Cam girls are not prostitutes!"
Sure, maybe it sells more newspapers -- but those people buying them will also read OUR message in those letters!
And that leads to a further step in a campaign like this -- since we have no money to spend on publicity, we must cause other people to use their money to help spread our message!
If there are "underground" student newspapers in some of the university towns, they might be persuaded to publish anonymous stories about, or even written by, some of the girls who've been "guests" of the cops. But that would have to be done through intermediaries, and very cautiously. Even the editors of those newspapers couldn't know the names of who wrote, or anyone written about, in the stories. But here we're getting into the stuff of spy novels. lol
These are just some thoughts off the top of my head... to help start the ball rolling...
Enough for one night (night here, anyway... z z z)