All Great Things . . .
The title is inspired by the song “When the Sun Goes Down” by the Arctic Monkeys. That song is an incredible and seemingly realistic depiction of prostitution in the Neepsend district of Sheffield, England or anywhere in the western world.
I didn’t expect to see this prostitute in the picture. She just popped out of a door right in front of me as I was walking down a street in Hamilton’s Stipley neighbourhood, and made her way to the nearest corner. I could see in her face that life was as harsh as described in the song.
Like the song says, I do wonder what went wrong so that she felt a need to walk the streets, and I think about the few psychology theories that have been written about prostitutes. Was this girl one of those who is naturally born or environmentally conditioned to be a sociopath or was she a woman who was sexually molested and/or raped as a child or adolescent, causing her traumatized mind to abandon the hopes, dreams and life of love, support and stability she may have had at one time?
The “working girls” of Stipley appear to generally share the same stretch of Barton Street at night as those of the adjacent Gibson area.
If you watch the ladies of Stipley, Gibson or Landsdale for a short period of time you’ll notice that even when working at distances from each other, they seem to have a buddy-system in operation. They periodically glance over to one another’s general location or call out to each other. Sometimes you’ll see them meet up with each other and talk briefly before returning to their individual efforts to make money. It certainly looks like a measure to ensure some safety but it also seems like more than that. There is an air of solidarity and companionship in this behaviour.
Something else I’ve noticed about the behaviour of these women. Although they can be observed at anytime of any month, day or night, they seem to be most visible during the middle week of each month. I haven’t yet heard why. I heard one assumption that it’s because by then the prostitutes have used up all the welfare money they received in the last week of the previous month. I think, however, that if they use up a government cheque within a short two-week span, then I would expect to see the ladies in abundance in the two weeks after the mid-week and the time they receive their next cheque. That doesn’t seem to be happening. I’m quite certain that I’m not seeing things so, I’m still hoping to get a legitimate answer from somewhere without getting stabbed or arrested.