To My Readers

Thank you very much for your comments.  It’s a shame that I can’t read them and share with you in real time.  One day I’ll be able to.  Nevertheless I want you to know that I read them all and learn from you, mainly because they have become my eyes to an unknown world.  Your criticisms make me see that I should improve my work and be more accurate in my focus.

I don’t want to justify myself, but my writings speak of the reality that I live every day inside Cuba.  I do not intend in any way to compare Cuba to other societies, primarily because I have no basis for argument, I haven’t experienced any others, I have never left this country.

Prostitution in Cuba is not in itself the problem, but how the Cuban government reacts to it, and how it is unaware of this social reality when it comes to regulating it in laws.  Is it fair to punish prostitutes and not those who benefit from them?  Is it fair that some women end up in prison and others who do the same thing don’t?

With my work I really try to give some elements of reality that go beyond the law.  For example, official warning, antisocial behavior and pre-criminal dangerousness are legal elements that transcend the life of citizens and not infrequently lead them to suffer imprisonment.  Occurring in several cases, prostitution is one of them.  That is what I try to describe in my work.  That is true of the economic initiative, illegal acts and the confiscation of property.

When it’s time to show that connection, I share an idea: in Cuba few people know the law.  The legal rules seem an abstraction, but in fact they show and are applied to a social reality.  I just try, although I don’t always succeed, to link them for better understanding.

My primary goal is to open the debate for a tomorrow. Sometimes I have the impression that they are crying out for change, but very few know or are sure what it is that they want to change.

Nor do I want to elevate Cuba’s problems, as if they were the worst in the world.  There is no perfect society free from evils, but imagine that ever since you were a kid they tell you that you live in a paradise and don’t let you leave because out there is a monster that wants to swallow you up.  Nevertheless, you feel yourself inside the stomach of one.  How would you react?

Maybe some of Cuba’s problems are not as serious, compared with those living in other societies. But after all, they are problems that should be solved, not put off because they seem insignificant next to others of greater magnitude.

Laritza Diversent

Translated by:  PB

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