Category: Freedom

Revisiting Sex Work in the light of Capital and the Pleasure Principle.

PROSTITUTION is considered the world’s oldest profession. The entry of which marks the beginnings of capitalism as an ideological construct through which all labour is differentiated.

 It has been argued that women’s work is sex work, and therefore sex workers should be free to charge for their services, and in effect to gain a living wage.

I will argue that far from being an exchange of labour, the sex act is one of the focal points of human existence, and should rather be seen as vital to the well-being of our species, in effect, an important part of the medicamentum through which all of life is constituted and thus stripped of secondary meanings which various philosophical and religious traditions may attribute it. 

While the recognition of the crucial link between the exchange of labour, on the one hand, (for which very little gained), and the pursuit of pleasure on the other (through which most of humanity has been constructed), is an important part of the equation, a just and equitable work week necessarily includes p-leisure –the pursuit of wealth, health and happiness –, there is however something terribly ironic in attributing all acts of p-leisure to the exchange of labour.

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Electronic Frontier Foundation impotent in Africa

DESPITE claims to promote online freedom, to represent the “public interest” on the internet “when our freedoms in the networked world come under attack,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation started by mavericks Mitch Kapor and John Perry Barlow is impotent when it comes to jurisdictions outside of the territory in which it is based.

A recent complaint about having an online post unilaterally deleted off this very blog, by a host based in South Africa got the following response from Gwen Hinze, EFF International Policy Director: “We are simply not able to provide legal advice outside of the country in which our lawyers are licensed.”

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Is Ed Young a Satanist?

Latest attempt at publicity

THE pretentious white-boy from Welkom who arrived on the Cape Town art scene during a millennial slump, had very little to show for himself except a big mouth. Young quickly made a name as an infamous rude-boy, whose method of operation was the hackneyed “art attack” involving one or more victims. (As one of his “victims” I believe I can report about such nefarious activities). Not content with sacrificing aesthetics and profit, Young took to bully boy stunts and conning the media into participating in what he called “conceptual art”. In reality Young disliked everything he saw. As columnist Suzy Bell who “bought” Bruce Gordon after being approached by Young in a scheme relates: “The problem with Ed is, he isn’t an artist. Not like Wayne Barker who was rude, had attitude but at the end of the day, produced the goods.”

With little to show for his visual arts degree purchased from Michaelis, Young was forced out of desperation into producing futile and sterile acts. Young even struck up a weird relationship with Ronald Suresh Roberts at the height of the scandal involving Robert’s defamation case against the Sunday Times. Whilst Roberts was being pilloried and depicted as a carpetbagger with his head up our second President’s behind, Ed chose to support Robert’s freedom to be unlikable.


Ed "Belzebub" Young's business card

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Sex columnist speaks out about prostitution.

“THE way that society and the law treats prostitutes has a great effect on the kind of sex everyday lovers are having, because it directly affects the way we view women and sex.” says Trinity Godiva who road naked through the streets of Cape Town last week as part of a Valentine’s Day performance in honour of Sweat, the Sex Workers Advocacy Taskforce. ” They are tireless campaigners for the legalisation (and humanisation) of prostitution,” says Godiva
Trinity calls herself a “Sexual Freedom Fighter has taken to the streets – naked. Languishing in a cage strapped atop a car painted in chaotic psychedelia,  Godiva marked Valentine’s Day with a performance titled ‘The Cage of Love’ – and gave Long Street revellers more than an eyeful.

 According to Godiva’s press release: the blonde sex therapist, a former model, dedicated her performance to the country’s sex workers in an open rebellion against the criminalisation of prostitution, a hot topic in light of recommendations of a temporary legalisation of the industry for the 2010 World Cup.

“The cage is an overt reference to the fact that prostitutes are kept in cages in Bombay, India. This is why the jawdropping performance was kickstarted with the naked Diva and her crew of golden angels delivering a Valentine’s card to SWEAT, tireless campaigners for the legalisation (and humanisation) of sex workers, in Salt River.

 “The way that society and the law views and treats prostitutes has a great effect on the kind of sex everyday lovers are having,” says Godiva. “When you pretend that paying for sex is something that doesn’t happen except with criminals and shady characters, and when you pretend that the only people desperate enough to have to pay for sex (or engage in sex work) are not people you would know, befriend or be related to, you’re not going to be in touch with your own basic sexual needs and drives.” Those lucky enough to witness Lady Godiva’s parade through the city were given copies of her book Red Hot Pages.

Meanwhile, a self-styled Polish Lady Godiva was arrested for public lewdness after she rode nude on horseback through Krakow’s scenic Old Town district to protest high taxes.

Three other people also were arrested for organising an illegal demonstration at the tax office in central Krakow under the slogan “Lady Godiva is back,” police spokesman Robert Szydlo said.

The protest marked the seventh anniversary of the introduction of a value-added tax in Poland. The government currently is discussing broader use of the tax.

According to English legend, the original Lady Godiva rode naked through the town of Coventry to persuade her husband, the earl of Mercia, to reduce heavy taxes