Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Prostitution, History, Economy

If "the game" is considered a lage economic (government taxable) activity, then we are only progressing a tradition.

According to this book, The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital, prostitution helped shape georgian Londen to quite an important extent.

So was the industry of pleasure following the economic activity, or was it shapeing it ? Maybe the success of an economy is not just due to the work-force, but also due to the "Working Ladies". And tolerating them.

With Thanks to DollyMopp for pointing out the book.

Oh, and before the anti-brigaqde pop in, yes, I do realize it wasnt all fun and glamour then, nor is it all rosey now. But things have changed a lot.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Trains and Trainstations and People

It is well known: I do some of my more creative work-writing and most of my fun-writing (this) on long distance trains.

I enjoy that blissfull detachment, the not-quite-real state, that comes with nomadic work.

Various trainrides are already documented on blogs or boardpostings. And I notably remember the pull (or honeytrap?) of a lady who was alledgedly on her way to a blind-date.

There is the story of the four impeccably dressed (public-) schoolteachers with perfect but artificial sounding RP. They sat "discreetly" discussing school matters across the isle in the quiet coach. And they strongly dissaproved of my mobile that kept going off (some of you know that my ringtones can be a bit adventurous).

There was also the girl who dumped her boyfriend with one phonecall between Kx and Leeds. She took the whole train journey to do it. And the complete coach could listen in. Good riddance, and I hope the bloke learned a lesson. That girl, by the way, is not likely to make a good escort Lady: Too indecisive and too chatty. She would make a good timewaster though.

But now I am sitting in a waiting-lounge, awaiting a delayed connecting train. I wonder how many fellow travellers are also picking up the nexecwifi and surfing the net.

Next to me is a completely bland, very boring couple in their 30s. They seem like one of those newly formed pairs, still ill at ease with one-another. They may have met via the internet and now had their first skinny-frappuchino together. I can just imagine him mailing: "I will be wearing a long dark-blue coat, green corduroy trousers with brown shoes and have "The Times" under my left arm." Next time, she can also recognize him from the non-matching blue-ish socks. Probably not just Socks, but M&S socks.

"Him" is a not-yet-restyled "Man from platform 5" and "Her" looks like a Guardian reader who is into knitting, pottery and watercolour paintings. They both really need an appointment with Trinny and Susannah.
The couple are gravely occupied on two separate discussions about their mental health and family related issues. They are both speaking at a careful, somewhat tense but completely flat tone and each fully focussed on their own topic. Still loud enough so at least 10 people in earshot have to listen.

He is awkwardly escorting her to her departure and I hope she goes on a different train then I do.

Heeeelp, I'm a naughty blogger, get me out of here!

Friday, 2 October 2009

Punternet Responses to Harriet Harman

Harman, On a Crusade against ... against what actually ???Harriet Harman, an English cabinet minister, claimed that she has asked California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to shut down a well known website about prostitution, mainly focussed on the UK.

I am not going to waste too much time typing on this topic. The reactions from the participants speak for themselves.

Check the "Open Letter" and the Press release from Galahad and read the "Message(s) from the Ladies".

Take your time, read the whole lot if you can (and there was quite a number of Good Responses when I last checked).

I can especially recommend the reactions from Laura Lee, from CatherineIUSW, from Dollymopp, and from Melanie.

Now go do your own research, and form your own opinion.

Btw: does anyone know if Arnie has reacted in any way ?