Update Moved up to allow comments. Originally posted November 2009.
The Beaujolais nouveau (just got in my case for this year) shot out my nose when I saw this, the most delicious story I’ve heard all week: Climate change pushes poor women to prostitution, dangerous work.
At least we can thank climate change for something!
I don’t know who Suneeta Mukherjee is, other than she is the originator of this wonderful new theory. She works for something called the “UN” (they have a small office building down the street from where I live, but they never seem to do much).
Anyway, she is my new best pal, and if anybody can dig up her address, I’m going to send her a bottle of Duboeuf’s 2009—not it’s best entry, true; but it’s still wet, and that what really counts in the end.
If Mukherjee doesn’t drink, she outta. For if she were drunk, she’d have a good excuse for arriving at the following deductions:
Hot air, see, will blow a certain class of women towards the sea, especially in the Philippines. Think of it as sort of sultry climatic-induced mass migration. Now, waiting by the hot sea, in earnest expectation, will be sweaty sailors. You’ve seen them! Says Mukherjee, the shore-based women in heat will then “perform sexual services for transient [these] seafarers.” Not for free. For a fee.
I know what you’re thinking. What about those poor seamen without leave? No worries, mate! The prostitutes will be ferried to the “bigger ships” on the rising tide “by their pimps,” who presumably will be master oarsmen all.
The natural question is: will there be enough to go around? Mukherjee assures us there are 92 million Filipinos (she doesn’t say, but I’m guessing that half of these are female types), with the stock increasing to “146 million in the next 40 years.” Further, “60 percent” will be able to see the sea from their abodes. And if these women don’t like baiting hooks—fishing!—some will be “tempted to go into prostitution.”
What can we conclude from these facts? “[W]omen are taking the brunt of climate change.”
Obviously, Mukherjee was juiced when she tossed off her musings, but she must have been near the bottom of the bottle when she came to her recommendations of how to avoid these calamitous events:
- Improve sex-disaggregation of date related to migration flows that are influenced by environmental factors and prepare now for increases in population movements resulting from climate change; and
- Integrate gender considerations into global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Boy, I must have had too much myself, because I have read those bullets a dozen times, and while each individual word appears to be English, the string of them together is incomprehensible.
Perhaps sobriety will improve their meaning, and knowing Mukherjee as I do, I’m sure there’s something naughty to be uncovered.