Smith’s woes, japanese porn and sex in tough economic times

7 April 2009

http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/4090/card00599fr9078404.jpgFirst, it was Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Then it was Japanese porn from the home office, and a surge in whores and strippers.

There's plenty of "sex scandals" going on lately. As we all have probably heard by now, the head of the government department responsible for immigration, passports, drug policy, counter-terrorism, police, and adequate intake of dietary fiber, has found herself in a bit of a tight spot after revelations last week that our tax money paid for two for her husband Richard Timney's £5 pornographic movies to help 'perform her duties as an MP'. Both spouses issued unequivocal apologies for the matter, but this simple incident has spawned off further 'sex scandals' this week. Just yesterday, the Home Office website infiltrated by hackers releasing Japanese porn through website links.

But the government aren't the only ones. Plenty are pondering on the state of the global sex industry in the current worldwide economic slump.

Economics has not, it appears, decreased the power of the Sexual-Industrial Complex, but it has certainly reshuffled the personnel. While mistresses are dismissed due to loss of fortunes in stock markets, women who formerly worked in underpaid professions like teaching have turned to jobs in adult entertainment to meet expenses. Few consider the recent changes an improvement, despite the strip club poles getting a bit more polish.

Even partners say now that sex is finally their favourite at home activity, now that they take home less money (god only knows what it was before).  In fact, some wonder whether a failing economy could lead to a resurgence of fidelity and if so, whether it is temporary or permanent. Will there be a bumper crop of “recession babies” at the end of 2009? Are people afraid to add to their brood with the job situation so sketchy? Does lack of money lead to more, erm, creative uses of time at home?

It will be a long time before we can pin down whatever moral and financial lessons – if any – society as a whole learns from this recession. Money and sex are, after all, a potent combination of power and negotiated interaction. The recession certainly hasn’t changed that.

[AFP]

TOPICS:   Economy

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