Marauders in the forest of archaic night?

IS IT THIS:

“Prostitution is not just a service industry, mopping up the overflow of male demand, which always exceeds female supply. Prostitution testifies to the amoral power struggle of sex, which religion has never been able to stop. Prostitutes, pornographers, and their patrons are marauders in the forest of archaic night.”
Camille Paglia

OR IS IT THIS:

“The need for prostitution arises from the fact that many men are either unmarried or away from their wives on journeys, that such men are not content to remain continent, and that in a conventionally virtuous community they do not find respectable women.”
Bertrand Russell

I’ve been working on a project for some time now; a series of interviews with men and women who make their living in The Oldest Profession. I am not interested in their ‘on the job’ stories. I want to write an account of their ‘off duty’ and background lives. Much like Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, who ‘did not stand on either side of the divide in his depictions of courtesans and prostitutes. He saw them as people and regardless of whether he thought them to be women of ill repute or paragons of virtue fallen upon hard times, he painted them as they were. Not always in a bright light and not always in darkness.’

HOOKER GOING HOME:
(Edited)

I can see her
as she snakes her stealthy stroll,
rolling her voluptuous haunches;
shamelessly touting her bounty
and sizing up the trade.

She spies me
– before I can avert my gaze –
and her brazen sneer
slaps my moral highground
into blushing remorse.

Hours later, driving home
I spy her again,
another sidewalk, but a different step,
she’s going home, she’s off the stage;
my mind’s eye knows
there’s no one waiting.

©Cindy Taylor 2008

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18 thoughts on “Marauders in the forest of archaic night?

    • Thanks. When I phoned up to ask to interview the Teezers staff, Lolly Jackson gave an emphatic NO! I think it’s time to ask again, maybe Demi will be more understanding of what I want to achieve. If she’s not too busy selling cars to take my call ;p

  1. perhaps she wants to keep some of the cars! It’ll be difficult to find buyers for some of them. Who has ever heard of a Koningsegg? (sp)

    You doing well?

  2. Bertrand Russell is giving men way too much credit ~ because we have folks like Hugh Grant who have women available to them who use prostitutes instead.

    And married men who frequent prostitutes instead of spending time with their wives.

    I suspect that prostitutes are an alluring lure . . . of the archaic night that calls to men even when more social sanctioned avenues for sex are readily available to them. : )

  3. There’s a song by Paul Thorn that says “we’re all reading from the same book…we’re just on different pages..” that individuals have lives outside their profession should be of no surprise…your attempts to capture this should prove to be an interesting project….enjoyed reading this post and the poem.

  4. At varsity the first time around (maaaaany moons ago) I once did a project of the girls working from a place in Cape Town called Roma’s by Night and the taxidrivers who protected them. A mutually beneficial symbiosis – the had someone looking out for them who was not a pimp and the taxi drivers had a steady flow of trips delivering them to the callers and returning them safely.

    It is so easy to forget: there but for fortune…

  5. you may want to flip through this months UK Marie Claire. They covered prostitution in SA concerning the world cup. not particularly deep or good for publicity but some interesting facts.

    (ps are the butterflies by wesley wozzel? they look wozzel-y)

    • Thanks LC, I am searching for it on their website and can’t find the article. Perhaps they only put current content up once the next issue is in print?

  6. If I remember i’ll try scan the article for you. (bought hte mag for the ‘free’ body butter. prob cheaper and easier to have gone direct to bodyshop!)

    • Thanks, if you remember it would be great. Otherwise just tell me the title of the article and I’ll carry on searcing the web, it has to pop up at some stage; everything does ;p

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