JENNI MURRAY: Shut up Louis, sex work is not worthwhile work – it’s abuse

How did we get here ? As the government tries to keep young people from being polluted by online pornography, respected commentators and purveyors of the best arts and culture promote the dangerous idea that sex work is an acceptable alternative to a career. traditional.

I’m thinking of you, Louis Théroux. He’s hugely popular, but admits to using porn, compares it to “junk food”, argues that sex work is worthwhile work, but warns his kids that when they come across porn, they should know that that’s not how people have sex. Doesn’t he think those who perform for his titillation are real people?

A few years ago, I spoke to American journalist Peggy Orenstein, the author of Girls & Sex, about what she had learned from interviewing teenage girls across the United States.

She was horrified by the damage done to girls’ ability to find and express pleasure in a sexual relationship because of the bizarre and nasty acts committed on them by boys who thought their girlfriends would like to be treated like pieces of meat in a porn movie.

Louis Theroux (pictured) admits to using porn, compares it to ‘junk food’ and argues that sex work is valid work

I am also thinking of the Institute of Contemporary Arts which granted 2.7 million pounds for an exhibition entitled Decriminalizing Futures. It will feature works by sex workers, more properly known as prostitutes, a porn star and strippers, alongside works featuring sex, nudity and violence.

Publicity material indicates that full decriminalization is the rallying cry that unites the sex workers’ rights movement around the world. I have yet to meet the prostitute who feels she would benefit from decriminalization or legalization of the trade.

In my early days as a journalist, I met many women in Southampton who spoke of cruelty and abuse and offered themselves up for sex for one reason: they had no means of support but needed the money. to feed and clothe their children.

A young Romanian woman who was trafficked into the Irish sex trade told me the most horrific stories of rape and beatings.

Fiona Broadfoot is one of two women who were groomed as girls for prostitution by men they thought were boyfriends. They escaped the trade and are trying to have the criminal records of the solicitation arrests removed from their story. I have no doubt they wish the money spent on the ICA exhibit had been used to help women get out of the sex trade.

Jenni Murray (pictured) said the sex trade in any form is abuse and women need to know their bodies are not an object to be bought and sold

Jenni Murray (pictured) said the sex trade in any form is abuse and women need to know their bodies are not an object to be bought and sold

Feminist journalist Julie Bindel has traveled the world to speak to women who have described the suffering they have endured in countries like New Zealand and Australia where the trade has been decriminalized or legalized. The only advantage she sees is that they don’t get arrested.

Men, like everywhere in the world, get what they want. Girls are getting younger, punters often demand sex without a condom. It is, says Julie, the oldest oppression in the world. There is only one way to end these horrors. It is men, pimps or gamblers, who should be treated as criminals.

Pimps should never be seen as legitimate business people. Bettors do not buy a service. Pornography is not “junk food”, as Theroux describes it, “like when you can’t get a decent meal or you’re in a rush or just trying to meet a need”.

The sex trade, in any form, is none of these. It is abuse. Women and girls need to know that their bodies belong to them and not objects to be bought and sold.

Adele took a vital stance for women

Jenni said it took a lot of courage for Adele (pictured) to stand up for herself as a woman in the Brits

Jenni said it took a lot of courage for Adele (pictured) to stand up for herself as a woman in the Brits

I wasn’t at all kind to Adele when we witnessed her “the show doesn’t have to go on” philosophy in Las Vegas. I called her a diva, a self-obsessed narcissist and a pain. She came home to Brits this week, won three awards – Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year – and completely won me over with her critique of the new gender-neutral categories.

“I understand why the name of this award has changed, but I really love being a woman and a female artist,” she said.

I could hardly believe my ears. It was the British. It was an audience made up of the kind of young people who have been completely seduced by trans activists. We live in an atmosphere where feminine words – mother, breast – have been replaced by terms reflecting gender and not sex – parent, pregnant person, breastfeeding.

Academics have been threatened and quashed for saying that while you can change the gender you show up as, you can’t change your sex.

Since the Brits, Adele has been trolled by trans activists and branded a Terf (radical transgender exclusion feminist), just like JK Rowling. It must have taken enormous courage for her to stand up for herself as a woman in such a large forum, but she did.

Hopefully his young fans have listened and understood. Adele is a megastar with fans everywhere. No one will dare to cancel it.

  • Beyonce is beautiful, talented and one of the most popular and powerful women in the world. Why does she, a mother of three children at 40, feel the need to bare her breasts and wear the shortest of skirts?

Who would be a teacher in these strangely awakened times?

Some £11million is to be spent on ‘reducing parental conflict’ and teachers will be trained to watch out for children who may suffer because their parents are ‘occasionally bickering’. Teachers are neither social workers nor therapists. Aren’t they supposed to teach?

Use your bread – put it in the fridge

During the week the boss of Tesco tells families to keep their bread in the fridge because it lasts longer, I give you my comparison: bread kept in the bread basket, moldy in 24 hours; bread kept on the kitchen counter, dry in 24 hours; bread kept refrigerated, fresh for a week or more. No competition.

It’s time for your P45, Cressida

I had high hopes when Dame Cressida Dick became Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Finally a woman at work, she should do the housework. Yet rape, domestic violence and teenage homicides are all on the rise.

A vigil held after the murder of Sarah Everard by a police officer was a public relations disaster for the Met. Then there’s the toxic culture at Charing Cross Police Station.

In a letter to 43,000 officers and staff, the Met’s chief says homophobia, sexism and racism will not be tolerated, adding: “If that’s you, I have a message.” . . leave now.’

No news for the moment of a massive exodus of culprits! She should root them out and fire them.

I hate to be the one telling another famous woman to take her P45, but Lady Cressida, it’s time to go.

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