good girls don't whistle ( 2021)
dealing female drug dealers are rare. The female drug dealer is an elusive figure. in several interviews female pushers tell how they deal with industry sexism, illicitly trying to have it all, and knowing more about various chemicals than their male contemporaries
In the 98 countries that provided data disaggregated by sex during the period 2012–2016 to UNODC, 90 per cent of the people who were brought into contact with the criminal justice system for drug- related offences were men. The proportion of women brought into contact with the criminal justice system for drug trafficking offences globally was 10 per cent, although it varied widely, from 1 per cent or less in some countries to 40 per cent in others, with many countries reporting a proportion of between 7 and 16 per cent.
In Russia and Romania, whistling indoors is considered to bring bad luck. In the UK at one time or another, whistling has been banned in mines, churches, theaters and factories. Fishermen have been prohibited from whistling while at sea, in case it attracted mermen or bad winds. In fact, barring a brief period in American vaudeville history when professional whistlers were popular, whistling has had a pretty rough reputation, particularly for women. Throughout history, whistling women have been synonymous with loose morals. Prostitutes “whistled for work”. Witches could “whistle up a wind”. As the saying goes: “A whistling woman and a crowing hen are neither fit for God nor men”. Apparently only about 10% of women can whistle.
installation view, former party cottage
Reelkirchen Wasserschloss, Germany
© Christina Köhler 2022