Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Surely it's Obvious...
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Catch me for Free Tomorrow
Just a Reminder
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Women one tiny fraction as bad as men SHOCK-HORROR!
Statistic vary by country. In Thailand eighty-five percent of men have visited a prostitute (down from 96% since the news about HIV got around). Sixty to seventy percent have in Holland, fifty percent in the US, I can't find anything resembling believable numbers for the UK but I can find lists upon lists of UK brothels on the internet, not to mention advice for would-be johns travelling overseas for their comoditized sex. Trying to look up numbers for women who have visited male prostitutes doesn't work because the first 200 links that come up are about female prostitution.
There are a bunch of other issues that unbalance the similarity between the two sides:
1) There is no evidence of the female "johns" ("janes"?) raping or beating the male prostitutes. In the US it is estimated that 25% of female prostitutes have been raped more than ten times.
2) The men working in Jamaica are not doing so from brothels, they're doing so on an individual basis, chatting up older women, taking them out, etc, then asking for financial favours. By that standard a large number of guys in the UK who marry or date women half their age whom they shower with gifts and credit cards, are similarly guilty of hiring prostitutes. I think that's harsh.
3) Ms Bindel complains that these women use unpleasant language to describe the men they consort with such as "black men can keep it up longer". Well I hate racial stereotypes and language like that but it sounds positively innocent compared to the sort of thing I heard every day from my desk when I worked in Japan. British men sitting within earshot of my desk would standardly refer to asian women as "rice burners" and "extra baggage" (i.e. that you should avoid having to take home).
I'm not saying women should be encouraged to engage in sexual tourism. But the idea that women are "as bad as men" in this respect is ridiculous. Lets focus on the real problems.
Footnote [added later!] - in retrospect, more familiar as I now am with Ms Bindel's work I should add that while I stick by my point that the media do have disproportionate over-coverage of male prostitution, relative to female, Julie's works is really very balanced and includes ample thorough coverage of the issues surrounding women in the sex industry!
Poor Old Dears
Hard work this comedy lark!
Show tonight was good, lots of heckling, which I loved. Felt a bit regretful that I had to go back to material afterwards, I would rather have chatted all night really! Perhaps I should plan a chunk of it I can drop if I'm having too much fun with the hecklers...? If you fancy coming for a heckle yourself please do - click here for tickets!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Belated Cru-blog in the Guardian
Saturday, August 05, 2006
Another four-star review
Charming, witty and with just a hint of a wicked glint in her eye, Kate Smuthwaite’s exuberant and affable personality is a little reminiscent of an excitable, slightly irresponsible head girl luring impressionable fourth formers into some illicit fun. You’d have to be made of granite not to warm to her as she relives first hand experiences of extreme activities undertaken in pursuit of an adrenaline rush, making bungee jumping and sky diving sound positively blasé. The characters she introduces are a little hit and miss and the show would benefit from better visual presentation, but for an evening of thrills and chuckles you’d do worse than seeing Ms Smurthwaite: she’s great company.
I was dead happy with that. Tickets, as usual, available here for the rest of the run.