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August 18, 2007 9:41 PM   Subscribe

The Aphrodite Project : both an homage to Aphrodite and her prostitute-priestesses as well as a practical tool for the contemporary sex worker. Or, GPS platform shoes for street hos. Check the demo.
posted by Burhanistan (23 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
- It’s not just for help -- you can also use the GPS system to locate your friends and co-workers.

Plus, the GPS system can be used by your Pimp to track you the fuck down and beat the living shit out of you for not meeting your hourly quota.

Please, for the love of god, tell me this is a joke.
posted by Avenger at 9:56 PM on August 18, 2007


I can see how these things will be useful for a pimp to track his ho's, but displaying "promotional messages" on a tiny LCD is kinda stupid.
posted by c13 at 10:00 PM on August 18, 2007


heh...
posted by c13 at 10:00 PM on August 18, 2007


... Do GPS recievers nowadays pick up well inside of cars/houses/dumpsters? The one I have is pretty blind without a clear line-of-sight to the sky.
posted by Orb2069 at 10:04 PM on August 18, 2007


I don't know any hookers, as far as I know - the closest I come is knowing one lady who strips, another who I hear used to, back in the day, and having vaguely worked with one lady who's supposed to be a decently well-known softcore porn star, but I really feel like the people who came up with this are even more disconnected from the "sex industry."
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 10:22 PM on August 18, 2007


it's an art project not a commecial venture!
posted by Burhanistan at 10:26 PM on August 18, 2007 [2 favorites]


With the press of a button, you can send an emergency signal to sex workers rights groups and/or the police with your location.

I'm really curious to know --- what cities are blessed with on-call sex workers rights groups, manning receivers around the clock, ready to rush to the aid of a distressed sex worker on a moment's notice?
posted by jayder at 12:02 AM on August 19, 2007


I don't know about Wellington, where I've just moved, but when I lived in Auckland, the local prostitutes' collective maintained an office on Karangahape Road, the centre of the local red-light area. Given an appropriate legal environment prostitutes can organise, and I bet do better for themselves than do-gooders from outside.
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 1:25 AM on August 19, 2007


Your asking a woman to wear the same pair of shoes all the time? lol You could implement the safety aspect using only free software if your mobile phone had GPS.

I can see young girls enjoying merely the screen aspect, plus they don't have so many shoes. In fact that'd be the ultimaate prank on middle class America :

Your daughters all want Aphrodite shoes for street walker. lol
posted by jeffburdges at 4:32 AM on August 19, 2007


Do they have to tell everybody that there's a hidden compartment where your cash is?

In case you were wondering about the word that zips by at the beginning (and I certainly was) - it's Ακολουθω (to follow).
posted by MtDewd at 4:40 AM on August 19, 2007


Actually, Ακολουθω means 'I follow.' And they had the wrong accent on the final vowel (a rough breathing instead of the correct circumflex). And it should have said ΑΚΟΛΟΥΘΙ 'follow (me)!' (with all caps because the ancient Greeks didn't have lower case letters). Also, it's a "multi-media artwork," not a consumer product.
posted by languagehat at 5:47 AM on August 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


no officer, she isn't a hooker, she's a priestess of aphrodite!
posted by bruce at 7:13 AM on August 19, 2007


S.W.E.A.T.

Best. Acronym. Ever. Especially since apparently, it's real.
posted by nax at 8:30 AM on August 19, 2007


Plus, the GPS system can be used by your Pimp to track you the fuck down and beat the living shit out of you for not meeting your hourly quota.

Since GPS is one way time-coded system, you can't actually "track" anyone using it - only receive your own location. Now if this thing connected to a cell network, that's a different story.
posted by SweetJesus at 9:50 AM on August 19, 2007


The purpose of the project seems to be all over the place: Platforms is designed to question moral attitudes and value judgments, especially with this marginalized section of the population...What are the ethics of surveillance and tracking?...Is it ever possible to guarantee that knowledge will stay within the hands of those who it is intended for?

How about some statistical background here: Chances are, if you're a "street ho," as you put it, you're of a marginalized background or addicted to drugs, which means that you're underprotected by law enforcement to begin with.

The fact of the matter is that street prostitutes have the highest homicide victimization rate of any set of women ever studied and are almost 18 times more likely to be murdered than women of similar age and race.

And street prostitutes are way more likely than the general population to be murdered by a serial killer.

But since we like to glamorize pimps and watch bullshit spectacles like this, I don't think the general American public is anywhere close to actually, like, caring about the safety of prostitutes.
posted by veronica sawyer at 10:30 AM on August 19, 2007


Ok, all you noble wanna be social activists...it's an art project. It's not really real. Well, it is "real", but it isn't real. Jeez.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:35 AM on August 19, 2007


Yes, it is an art project. And it's meant to raise awareness of the sex work industry. And I offered some background of the industry. And until you've known someone who's been murdered by a john, it'd be cool to hold off on labeling others wannabes. Didn't mean to detract from your highly conceptual post.
posted by veronica sawyer at 11:05 AM on August 19, 2007


it's an art project which, according to the site, is partially funded by the new york state council of the arts (i.e., the tax money of new yorkers). how do the new yorkers on here feel about paying taxes in order to create ho clothes with gps systems? if this happened in oregon, somebody would end up losing their job.
posted by bruce at 11:17 AM on August 19, 2007


how do the new yorkers on here feel about paying taxes in order to create ho clothes with gps systems? if this happened in oregon, somebody would end up losing their job.

*shrugs*

It's New York. People have done worse.
posted by jason's_planet at 1:40 PM on August 19, 2007


Don't sex workers take their shoes off to have sex?
posted by Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson at 9:38 PM on August 19, 2007


if this happened in oregon, somebody would end up losing their job.

oh, come on. you underestimate the portland art scene.

also you need to unclench about your tax money. i am sure it is less than a hundredth of a penny of the average new yorker's money that has gone into this thing.
posted by blacklite at 2:59 AM on August 20, 2007


veronica sawyer: my apologies.
posted by Burhanistan at 6:37 AM on August 20, 2007


Those shoes... are ugly.
posted by qcubed at 8:43 AM on August 20, 2007


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