Struggling with the logic here

Bel Mooney:

By sickeningly depressing contrast, just a few decades later, we have Juicy Jeni and Helen Wood, who have taken that precious inheritance and wiped their hookers’ stilettos all over it.

They are not the only ones, of course. Less than a year ago I wrote about the famous call girl known as Belle de Jour who was revealed to be Dr Brooke Magnanti, a high-powered scientist casually unabashed about her secret life as a hooker.

She boasted of being ‘unbelievably fortunate’ because she enjoyed her horizontal job and had never had a bad experience with a client.

Everything she said proved that you can be blessed with a brain and a privileged life — and still be very, very stupid.

I wonder if ‘Juicy Jeni’ and Helen Wood read Belle de Jour’s lurid, self-serving ramblings as once they might have read fairytales. Or watched the sanitised TV series starring Billie Piper?

Perhaps I\’m not quite grasping what she\’s getting at. But it seems to be that the existence of a woman who tarted herself for a bit then stopped, is quite happy to have tarted herself and then stopped, means that every woman who ever tarts herself is destined to end up drug addled and starving in the gutter.


I really do think that Ms. Mooney would be rather surprised by the number of women who have either dabbled or worked for years in this field and then stopped as and when they wanted to and gone on to have a just fine old time for the rest of their lives.

It strikes me as being similar to the logic that\’s used about drugs: you know, one hit and you\’re hooked for life. One cash paid shag and you\’re a hooker for life?

It really doesn\’t work like that: sure, there are those that it does happen to, in both situations, there are drug addled corpses in gutters, just as there are those who get into the game and find they can never leave it for any number of reasons.

But that just isn\’t the general experience: only very few prostitutes fall so far as to marry a politician.

3 thoughts on “Struggling with the logic here”

  1. It is also highly suspicious in its assumptions that every woman, less than a century ago, was a suffragette, taking on the establishment or bravely challenging institutional sexism; just as much as all the ones today have succumbed to the corrupting influence of popular culture’s message of sleeze and greed.

    But I do think that actually, you could have ended a bit better: “very few prostitutes fall so far as to have a Daily Mail column.”

  2. “Everything she said proved that you can be blessed with a brain and a privileged life — and still be very, very stupid.”

    Mooney should remember that this can be applied to other women in the public eye than those revealed as (temporary or otherwise) prostitutes…

  3. If I was presented with accounts from three separate members of a profession- say doctors or shopgirls- telling me what life was like for them, and someone spoke up in disagreement, I would ask why they said that.
    Specifically I would ask if they had worked as a doctor or a shopgirl, and had experienced the effects they described.
    Hence I have to ask for how long has Bel Mooney worked as a prostitute- otherwise I have to assume she”s just guessing
    Of course logic has no part- Bel Mooney regards girls who like sex- and do something about- it as either dim or shameful. Gives her something to feel stuck up about doesn’t it.
    And I couldn’t help noticing a certain amount of eye candy embedded in the article- that is pictures of lightly dressed young ladies smiling- presumably they are put in so someone will at least look at the article.

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