A new book (by a councillor no less
nb: aka total fuckwit
) wants to put London firmly on the 'sin' mapIn City of Sin you discuss girls who do lap dancing to get through a PhD. With student fees and the cost of living going up so dramatically, do you think more will be tempted in to the sex industry?
I think it will happen. I don’t think it’s a good idea, I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to enter it because I don’t think you’re ever fully in control of it. It’s not something, (pauses) I’d ever advise my daughters to do if they are desperate for money, but I understand why they do it. People have to survive and make choices. Of course dear. Become a councillor instead, then you can advise lots of people about things of which you have no experience whatsoever Have conditions for prostitutes got better?
The Romans had sex slaves brought over to satiate their armies; presumably there wasn’t enough women in England or not the right kind. The slave trade was part of their culture anyway and so they brought over women from all parts of the Roman Empire. It was pretty grim for the women as they were put in these shacks and used to service the garrison. There wasn’t even a proper bed.
95% of women involved in prostitution now are drug dependent. You only need to go and see Sue Johnson at POW - the prostitute outreach project - and she’ll tell you the same. They’re on the game because they have a drug habit. It’s very, very sad. Their bodies have been ravaged by the drug and you wonder what kind of predatory bastards would/could go with someone so tired and desperate. So sad indeed. And you only have to look at what homeless people drink to know that Buckfast and Carlsberg Special make people homeless. While your spouting logical fallacies a two-year old child with brain damage could punch holes in, maybe we should ask a statistician to run the local council for you. City of Sin goes someway to explaining why we’re so obsessed with sex …
It’s something we all do. We’re all in the world because of sex. I tried to explain the book to one person and they looked at me and said, it’s just not interesting and I said, how can that not be interesting? Everyone is interested in sex because it’s about what other people are doing. It’s that element of gossip. Of Prurience. Titillation. My book is very ‘carry on’ London in that sense. It’s about humanity and the strange and weird things people go through. There’s something about the English character which is puritanical and disapproving and absolutely fascinating at the same time. I think this has something to do with our inability to express our emotions and so it becomes repressed and suppressed and pops out (laughs) at inappropriate times. That’s why we have the culture of smut and Viz magazine.And indeed your own book as well! All hail puritanical smut and idiocy!
Full interview - with equally clueless interviewer - at http://www.leftlion.co.uk/articles.cfm/title/catharine-arnold/id/3987