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The Lemur’s Legacy

It used to be thought that Homo sapiens was the only animal that went in for homo-sex, and then this behaviour was observed in other species. Most people would probably opine that we are unique in buying and selling sex, but they would be equally wrong, as several other creatures exchange food for copulation on […]

Posted on January 30, 2012 at 12:19 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Situation Vacant

Stefan Zweig describes how the late-Hapsburg bourgeois family organised its sons’ sexual education: ‘they engaged a pretty servant girl for the house whose task it was to give the young lad some practical experience.’ One would love to be the fly on the wall at that employment interview. How explicit were the terms, in this […]

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 10:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Lady And The Do-Gooder

UN guidelines to peacekeeping forces and humanitarian workers severely reprobate any sexual liaisons with the local population. In the Western Zones of 1945 Germany it was called ‘fraternisation’ and was forbidden, with approximately the same effect. One hopes, therefore, that the UN guidelines do not mean that UN personnel should conceive of themselves as occupiers, […]

Posted on January 31, 2012 at 11:10 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Varieties Of Coin

Condemnation of men who visit brothels on the grounds that the sex is bought for money implies that everywhere else it is given for free, and that this a morally superior situation. In reality, as a relic of older values, a woman who spreads her favours too widely may be called a whore – even […]

Posted on February 1, 2012 at 10:13 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Fifties Deal

John D. McDonald has described the suburban American woman of his youth: “these brisk and shining girls, so lovely, so gracious, and so inflexibly ambitious. They had counted their stock in trade and burnished it and spread it right out there on the counter. It was all yours for the asking. All you had to […]

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 11:59 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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The Shocking Slogan

When the Sixties feminists equated housewifery with prostitution, they were on less firm ground than when they demanded wages for housework. For they appeared unaware how much time the average housewife spent having sex as opposed to cooking, cleaning, mending and childcare. If traditional marriage is the exchange of services for money, then it is […]

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 12:17 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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A Monopoly On Being Flattered

The feminist SF writer Sheri Tepper once posited a utopian society built on giving both sexes what they most wanted and having them sacrifice lesser ambitions thereto. What men most wanted, she thought, was paternity confidence, so that her husbands were guaranteed legitimate issue, enforced by the death penalty for ‘mismothering’. This the women had […]

Posted on February 4, 2012 at 12:26 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Assets And Liquidity

When people dogmatise about What Women Want, they make one unexamined assumption: that the hardwired female response to male beauty and the hardwired female response to male wealth are different, separate and exclusive. The assumption is that in the one case, a woman is obeying the demands of her body to copulate with the handsome […]

Posted on February 5, 2012 at 14:35 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Free Love As Economic Waste

Time was that women almost invariably bartered sex for other goods, services and benefits. That they sometimes actually enjoyed what they pretended to be oh-so reluctantly parting with in exchange for said goods was, of course, their little commercial secret. Now, women increasingly exchange sex for, well, sex. That is, they sleep with such men […]

Posted on February 6, 2012 at 16:51 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Billing The Customer

‘Whores are the most honest girls’, claimed the Swiss surrealist sculptor Alberto Giacometti, ‘They present the bill right away.’ For there is always a bill, whether financial, emotional, psychological, or whatever outré form the wit of woman can design. Respectable women despise whores because they take their reward on the spot, rather than subsequently and […]

Posted on February 7, 2012 at 12:09 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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