Finding himself in Brussels, Dalrymple stays in a hotel
among whose amenities was 24-hour access to pornography.
In the room is a hotel copy of The Golden Book, which Dalrymple peruses. It includes an article on the place of women in the Belgian armed forces, illustrated by
and bringing to mind
the era of Soviet propaganda.
invited into several sex shows by men who did not easily take no for an answer. Drunks were sleeping in doorways, and very large numbers of male youths loitered.
is the best (and most varied) in the world.
not even this could lend charm to the scene. One had the impression of walking through an updated print by Grosz.
A very large proportion of the loiterers
were Moroccan in origin, dressed in the international uniform of the modern slum. They seemed drawn to this seedy environment as flies to a carcass.
Where were they, the women of Moroccan origin? The answer was evident after the sun came up. Large numbers of women of Moroccan origin, dressed in a non-European way, were in the streets, as if a nocturnal curse had lifted. Fewer men of Moroccan origin were now in evidence.