Sex top of the list in our ever hyp­o­crit­i­cal world

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Special Report -

Ispent a great many hours dur­ing the past week think­ing about sex. Along­side sex, I pon­dered sex­u­al­ity, sex­ism, mo­ral­ity, the ab­sur­dity of po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and, of course, its ven­omous sib­ling, hypocrisy.

It be­gan when I was ac­cused (al­beit gen­tly) of sex­ism.

The cir­cum­stances were th­ese: Some years ago, I had taken at face value the ad­vice and con­duct of a fe­male pro­fes­sional.

As time passed, doubts en­tered my mind and I men­tioned the mat­ter to a male pro­fes­sional in the same field.

He asked why I had been so gullible and I said that the lady in ques­tion had ex­hib­ited a friendly man­ner and was good look­ing to boot. ‘That’ I was told ‘is sex­ist’. Should I be ashamed that I felt no guilt? The fact is that just about ev­ery ad­ver­tise­ment that we see uses sex in some form or other to sell the prod­uct. I haven’t no­ticed that em­ploy­ers se­lect­ing staff to deal with the pub­lic seek out the most ill-favoured ap­pli­cants.

So then we come to the im­be­cil­ity dis­played by the Lib­eral Demo­crat party over the ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ism be­ing bandied about among their ranks. What would re­solve the prob­lem? A sim­ple apol­ogy on one side and a sim­ple ‘okay, but please don’t be­have that way in fu­ture’ on the other.

Next, we look at the club in the Lower High Street where,

‘The fact is that just about ev­ery ad­ver­tise­ment that we see uses sex in some form or other to sell the prod­uct’

ac­cord­ing to a large ad­ver­tis­ing sign out­side, girls, nude but for a G string, dance provoca­tively (and legally) for any who will pay for the per­for­mance. Ig­nor­ing the shop fur­ther up the High Street, in whose win­dow grotesque (pur­port­edly sexy) items of lin­gerie and fancy dress are dis­played for the amuse­ment of all who pass, we sit on a bench and open last week’s Ken­tish Ex­press. In it, we read an ar­ti­cle about a tucked-away brothel hav­ing been raided.

Of course, the pil­lars of our com­mu­nity are hor­ri­fied and out­raged that such a busi­ness should be car­ried on un­ad­ver­tised and un­li­censed in dear old Ash­ford.

It’s an oddly hyp­o­crit­i­cal world, isn’t it, when sex­ual tit­il­la­tion and the pro­mo­tion of in­dis­crim­i­nate lust can be le­git­imised and li­censed, while a tucked-away brothel al­low­ing for the pri­vate re­lease of lust be­tween con­sent­ing adults is crim­i­nalised.

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