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Friday, September 24, 2004

1000 Prostitutes and then an Opinion Piece

This is an opinion piece written in the UK magazine Guardian by a man who claims to have been with 1000 prostitutes, been an escort himself, and run a brothel. From this moral high ground he makes some very interesting observations about the prostitution industry, why he does not want it decriminalized, and why he does not want it to become morally acceptable. He argues that decriminalization and acceptance will defeat the purpose of why he likes to patronize prostitutes, which is to cheat on his most committed relationships and the thrill of lawbreaking.

Boy, I hope my moral turpitude doesn't reach his level...

Here are two interesting quotes. The first is about why he likes sex with betrayal:

Part of me used to enjoy the deception. There was something about the poverty of desire with one's girlfriend. Sex without betrayal I found meaningless. Without cruelty there was no banquet. Having a secret life is exhilarating. I also have problems with unpaid-for sex. I am repulsed by the animality of the body, by its dirt and decay. The horror for me is the fact that the sublime, the beautiful and the divine are inextricable from basic animal functions. For some reason money mitigates this. Because it is anonymous.

The second is about the attraction of depersonalized sex:

But it is more than this. What I want is the sensation of sex without the boredom of its conveyance. Brothels make possible contacts of astounding physical intimacy without the intervention of personality. I love the artificial paradise; the anonymity; using money, the most impersonal instrument of intimacy to buy the most personal act of intimacy. Lust over love, sensation over security, and to fall into a woman's arms without falling into her hands.

He enjoys the inhumanity, the antisocial aspects, the criminality, the punishing adversity of these kinds of relationships. Fascinating reading.

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