Category Archives: prostitution

Fornication facilitators

Coition administrators at work

In the British Medical Journal as in most other Western publications, it is today required to use this or similar terms, such as copulation coordinators or sex agents, rather than the loaded and implicitly judgmental expression pimps, just as it is required to use the term sex workers rather than the obsolete prostitutes. Dalrymple writes:

I have twice been asked to appear on a panel at literary festivals on the subject of prostitution. Why I should have been selected for this honour, I do not know; but on both occasions I shared a panel with a chairwoman of a prostitutes’ collective and a female sociologist who claimed that prostitution was work like any other—better, in fact, since it entailed flexible hours, tax-free pay, a better hourly rate than average, and the like advantages. The sociologist was herself very prim and proper. I pointed out that, having taken this normalising view of the activity, the government of a German state had suggested that women who claimed unemployment benefits could rightly be put to sex work, as they were obliged to accept work if it were offered. The experiment did not last long, which suggested (to me, at least) that the work was not the same as, say, that of shelf-stacker or secretary.

‘Not everyone can be a prostitute,’ one of my fellow panellists piped up. ‘It takes skill.’

‘I am sure it can be taught,’ I said. ‘The unemployed could be sent for sex-work training. It surely wouldn’t take long to learn.’

My audience proved its intellectual gravitas by not laughing. Indeed, a member of the audience, a self-proclaimed madam of a Thai brothel, informed us that in Thailand there was indeed a training school for prostitutes. Whether it issued diplomas—elementary, intermediate, and advanced—and who, if any, the examiners were, she did not inform us; but again, nobody laughed. On the contrary, the audience seemed to think this was a jolly good idea. It would raise the general standard of sex work.

Oxfam, criminal conspiracy

Dalrymple writes that for years he banged on that Oxfam was

a criminal organisation.

People, he says,

would roll their eyes.

He asks:

Are they rolling their eyes now?

Orgies with underage prostitutes in Haïti are, Dalrymple writes,

the least of it. The orgies are a market-driven stimulus for the Haïtian economy, if an extremely tasteless and immoral one. That is more than can be said for most of Oxfam’s activities.

Bogus charity’s extreme hypocrisy

Oxfam’s real aim, he points out,

is to provide employment to those who work for it. (Governments are of course the biggest donors to this corrupt scheme.)

Legalised fraud

Money donated to Oxfam ends up in the pockets of those who work for it, including the staff, numbering 888 at the last count, at the fake charity’s grandiloquent head office in London.

Dalrymple notes that

the hypocrisy of this legalised fraud is symbolic of very many modern activities.

Oxfam

is not the only criminal in this field, and may not be the worst. The field itself is criminal.

The Geheime Staatspolizei Chair in Human Rights at St Antony’s College, Oxford

The Gestapo will endow certain colleges

Also endowed is the Joint State Political Directorate under the Council of People’s Commissars of the USSR Chair in Human Rights

Oxford will do anything for money

Dalrymple writes:

I daresay the university would have been happy to institute a chair in human rights endowed by the Gestapo or the O.G.P.U.

Help from the O.G.P.U. for universities grubbing for cash

How Oxford prostitutes itself to Gulf Arabs 

Dalrymple was

somewhat taken aback

to learn that Tariq Ramadan, the Islamist ‘thinker’, had been given a job at St Antony’s College, Oxford,

though it became less surprising to me when I learned that his chair had been endowed by the Qataris. [Ramadan’s title is His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohammed al-Thani Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies.]

Dalrymple comments:

That the university had prostituted itself in this way seemed to me also to be emblematic of the condition of the university’s country as a whole: a hybrid of Augean stable and brothel.

Benefactor: His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim bin Mohammed al-Thani

Dalrymple’s patients are from all walks of life

Dalrymple talks about a patient of his

who was an international dominatrix. She carried her equipment with her when she went around in a car in case she received a call for an emergency flogging somewhere in the world.

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‘The handcuffs are in your sock drawer, where they always are.’

Sex-work and elasticity of demand

Screen Shot 2016-06-25 at 12.21.05In a recent debate, Dalrymple makes the obvious point that elasticity of demand for prostitutes’ services in a fornication market is great or small according as the amount of coitus demanded increases much or little for a given fall in sex-price, and diminishes much or little for a given rise in sex-price.

He asks if prostitution,

being merely one kind of work among others, could rightfully be forced upon unemployed women in receipt of social security, who had not the right to turn down available work in supermarkets, for example. Surely, training could easily be given and certificates handed out. At least at elementary levels, no very prolonged apprenticeship could be required.

Enough to make you wish for the rapid spread of AIDS

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Never a rose without a prick

Dalrymple recalls his days living in a large English city. In the quarter where he resided, every night a sex-work human resources manager, or pimp, would bus in a bevy of sex workers, or prostitutes, who would stand on the corner and wait for clients.

The sex workers,

much the worse for drugs, seemed mainly in their 30s and 40s. They were desperate, and it seemed to me that their clients — mainly travelling-salesmen types — must have been pretty desperate too.

Residents of the respectable bourgeois street were, needless to say, not especially happy with the situation.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 07.49.15It was not very pleasant to pick the used condoms from the rosebushes in the morning. In fact, it was enough to make you wish for the rapid spread of AIDS.

Brief-carnal-liaison co-ordinator’s fury over threat to sex industry

One of Dalrymple’s neighbours

formed a group that went out every night photographing and taking down the registration numbers of the kerb-crawling cars. This had so severely an inhibitory effect upon business that the sex-work human resources manager came in his car to threaten the vigilante group (aged, on average, 70). He flashed a gun at them, but my neighbour told him not to be silly.

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 08.33.29Pressure was put on the police, and the sex workers were moved

to one of the many parts of the city where skeletal, edentulous women having sex in the street would not be noticed.

Sex-work human resources managers

Sex-work human resources managers

Handmaiden to a teetotaller

Handmaiden to a teetotaller: Temperance Street, Manchester

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Temperance Street. Photo courtesy of Google Street View

Midland Arms, Temperance Street

Midland Arms and Imperial Inn, Temperance Street

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Another view of the Temperance Street public houses

Fille de joie (nom féminin)

La prostitution: Bois de Boulogne

La prostitution: Bois de Boulogne

Feminists, writes Dalrymple,

ought to be ferociously opposed to ladies and gentlemen, with its connotation of bogus and condescending gallantry directed towards women by putting them first. They should be fighting for gentlemen and ladies (if the word ladies is permissible at all), for at least such a formulation would reveal plain and undisguised the oppressive and selfish nature of patriarchy.

The change from the impersonal he to the impersonal she in politically correct texts — i.e. most academic work — is, of course,

not spontaneous but ideologically driven. There is alternation between the two impersonal pronouns which could not have come about except by conscious effort.

We have entered, Dalrymple points out, the realm of Newspeak. The next step in the Orwellian struggle

would be to bring sanctions to bear on countries with languages whose nouns have gender. In French, for example, prostitution is feminine. Is this not a gross insult to women worldwide?

On the Dalrymple bookshelf

Bernard de Mandeville's 1724 work advocated state-regulated bordellos.

Bernard de Mandeville’s 1724 work advocated state-regulated bordellos

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‘The greatest Evil that attends this Vice is the Propagation of the French-Pox

 

Brussels perambulation

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 23.10.41The capital of Europe combines the greyness of bureaucracy with the gaudiness of modern popular culture’s worst aspects

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

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 23.26.53young female mechanics in overalls clambering over a jet fighter plane

and bringing to mind

the era of Soviet propaganda.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 23.41.35Stepping out into the littered, crumbling city, Dalrymple is

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.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 23.43.29Belgian beer

is the best (and most varied) in the world.

But

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.

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 23.55.23Not a single woman of Moroccan origin was to be seen.

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.

The Bugis Street that is gone forever

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How it was in the great days

Like any young man discovering the delights of the East at the end of the ’40s, Dalrymple used to head to Bugis Street

for its enormous, well-tolerated variety, its tropical exuberance, of sexual demeanour.

All that is lost. Singapore has been turned into

an enormous, very well air-conditioned, emporium. Its cavernous entrances expel freezing air into the humid natural heat. People come to shop from thousands of miles away. No doubt this satisfies far more people than Bugis Street ever did, but it is far less interesting.