Today a positive example, against human stupidity: An independent professional women comes out of the closet and admits she enjoyed her work as a prostitute to finance her doctorate studies.
Last month John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, said on his Web site that “fiction” like “Belle de Jour” created a “myth” that sex workers were “independent women, empowered by the hold they have over men.”
Well, Mr. Archbishop, the myth is true. And independent empowered women made money with the power she had over men! Not a poor victim of male violence, as feminist myth and religious zealots want to insist. Maybe the true victims are lonely men that paid prices as high as 300 pounds per hour.
The 34-year-old said she became a call girl in 2003 to support herself in London while completing her doctoral thesis after realizing she had no qualms about being paid for sex.
She contacted an agency, working as a prostitute until late 2004, describing it as “so much more enjoyable” than an earlier job as a computer programmer.
Her online chronicle of her experiences attracted a huge following, prompting the publication of a bestselling book which was serialized on UK prime time television in 2007’s “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” starring actress of Billie Piper
She said she finally broke her silence to answer her critics, including senior Church of England clergy, and because she feared an ex-boyfriend was poised to go public.
More links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belle_de_Jour_(writer)
Belle de Jour blog: http://belledejour-uk.blogspot.com/
Sex workers out of choice vs. true abducted forced sex slaves
Now let us be clear: there is real forced prostitution in this world, and everyone agrees that this must be combatted. The problem is that feminist and religious zealots confuse forced sex slavery and abduction and free choice to work as sex worker.
Here an example of real sex slavery
Sunarsih went to what she thought was a legitimate company. She received training in the basics of housekeeping, a passport for the first time.
“The company announced that an Arab employer was looking for a virgin, brown-skinned, tall housemaid,” she remembers. “I was chosen among hundreds. I was so happy, it was like a dream come true. I was so proud. My friends told me how lucky I was to be chosen that quickly.”
She was harrassed, forced to do sexual services to the employers, fled and got into worse brothel slavery. I think everyone agrees that this is criminal and has to be suppressed.
But suppressing women who out of their free choice want to make a financial deal with a man willing to pay them for sexual services, is this really the government’s duty?