Thursday, 10 April 2008

Politics, Picures and Freedom of Frollicks

The meaning of the hat will become clear near the end of the text - but yeah, it is also an sublimal commercial message for the new Indiana Jones movieThere is a saying in a different language:
Even if you dont pay attention to politics,
Politics will come and pay attention to you.

There may be a British equivalent, but it does not spring to mind right now.
Would Miss Livvy be able to include such a proverb in next weeks lesson?

So politics have decided to pay attention to us. At least some of the UKs third-rate politicians in the desperate days of a disappearing parliamentary majority. And if these lawmakers get their way with the Industry of "Consenting Adults" things may get complicated. If we let them outlaw "pay for play" we may end up with no end of trouble - such as trying to prove/disprove that payment(*) was for, well, specific "acts".

Hence, like I wrote earlier, some of us will have to stand up for Freedom of Frollicks(**).

And I would not count on too much help from the average caught-out-MEP or exposed-hotshot. Those tend to dissapear silently. I know of none who turned around and stood up for the industry they had happily participated in.

There may be some help coming from an unexpected side: It was interesting to hear the moderate voice of these Ladies from the Women's Institute

Some credible participants in the industry will have to help to get the message across: Very Few Ladies in this line of work are forced, trafficked or exploited.

As the real world can easily verify, and as HMRC knows full well, many of the reputable indies and agents are proper "above-board" registered enterprises. As independents and businesses they benefit form the civil and legal infrastructure provided by the state. We should recognize that they contribute to the UK economy by providing an in-demand service, as well as an honest living or an interesting hobby for the participants. And as any decent and proper business they pay their taxes to keep the institutions of the state in proper functioning order.

No matter what a moral majority may think of these businesses: they are Legitimate! (I dont think those "Morals" are much of a "Majority", but it is hard counting things that people would rather keep private - myself included).

(*) Note that Payment is always only for "Time and Companionship", and such only to the point were both parties "agree" or "consent" to be together, stay together and possibly play together. Whatever happens is purely a matter for consenting adults who get along brilliantly.

(**) Make no mistake: I have nothing against a good, Credible, Crackdown on Crime. And I am in favour of combatting exploitation, violence or money laundering. But there are proper and existing laws to do that with. The recent wave of raids on parlours may be good proof of current legislation in action. So how many exploited and trafficked girls have been unearthed in those raids?
And what percentage of the total number of working Ladies or "escorts" in the UK is that?

What do pictures have to do with this?

IDs and discretion, one of my other favorite topics.We have seen the odd press piece and the documentary on Ch4,
some rare but refreshingly open articles every now and then. There were a number of more-or-less-credible Escort-authored books : Belle, Dawn - call me Elizabeth - Annadale, and the mother of all Happy Harlots: Xaviera.

And on this "trend" we are, gradually, seeing Agents and business owners becoming more and more "open" about what they do.

Several Agencies that I know now have the picture of the "owner operator" on the site somewhere. There already was the example of a well known, legendary NE agent/escort who had a (small) picture of herself up on her agency site.
And the other NE Escort who named the agency after herself and Proudly features herself as one of the girls.

And now recently an NE agency had a site-overhaul, and, low and behold: A charming and very recognizable picture of the owner features Proudly and somewhat provocatively on the front page.

I think it is quite brave of those Ladies to come out like that, given the possible repercussions and reactions of the community they live in. Would you want to be confronted with this job at the school gates? It has happened to some Ladies!

Being rather "private" myself,
I repectfully Tip my Hat to them! Well done Ladies.

1 comment:

The English Courtesan said...

You are so right Ptr - it is hard to count those who don't wish to be counted and like you I find that uncomfortable. Perhaps that's why the so-called moral majority get their voices heard so clearly above the silent majority.

That's not a criticism of you of course, in that you are entirely right to never ever identify yourself and you protect your girls too which is always appreciated. Yet the need for anonymity is one of the things that makes it difficult for us to defend ourselves or our clients against the morality police who purport to represent the nation's views.

As for Ms Livvy's Lesson, as yes, in fact she's thinking about a p-r-i-v-a-t-e lesson just for Ptr. Hmmm...yes...come and sit on my knee Ptr...Livvy has something she'd like to show you... ;-)

Livvy xxx