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BBC's Generation Gap. An ex and current sex worker discuss their experiences

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Helen Buckingham talking about the 1970s. This is so moving. Helen's

a founding mother of our movement. A shiver went through my heart to

hear this.

Petra Boynton (who is wonderfully supportive of sex workers in my

experience) posted this on Twitter.

"BBC's Generation Gap. An ex and current sex worker discuss their

experiences in this short radio programme."

http://bit.ly/cukTcn

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b00qzrjg

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I am still waiting tol listent to it. My partner want to liste with me.

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I am still waiting tol listent to it. My partner want to liste with me.
Thank you for that, Elrond. I've just listened. A fascinating programme; I commend it to everyone - it's only 15 min. long. Lots of common sense and quite a lot of humour - particularly the bit about socks!

Do listen to it whilst it's still on iPlayer. (Both ladies are very level-headed and Maria, the younger girl, is currently funding her way through university and is Russian.)

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..........and Maria, the younger girl, is currently funding her way through university and is Russian.)

Yes and just wait for the avalanche of posts - does anyone know her, if so please PM me her contact details !!!!

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I was just driving home when this came on, I had no idea it was due on, but found it really enjoyable and interesting.

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A wonderful antidote to so much of what is said and written in the media about this business.

Thanks for posting.

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Yes, this really was good, at the end where Helen says she has not hidden what she does and no on has condemned her other than 'frminists'

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Thank you for that, Elrond. I've just listened. A fascinating programme; I commend it to everyone - it's only 15 min. long. Lots of common sense and quite a lot of humour - particularly the bit about socks!

Do listen to it whilst it's still on iPlayer. (Both ladies are very level-headed and Maria, the younger girl, is currently funding her way through university and is Russian.)

I was unaware until I googled Helen Buckingham prostitute, that she was/is a campaigner for womens rights to work as prostiutes in a safe environment. Back in 1975 she campaigned for the creation of a union. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1755&dat=19751221&id=O0k0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=J2cEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3861,2631793

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There is a droll quote from her on http://www.walnet.org/csis/papers/ishida_morals.html

Helen Buckingham (English prostitute):

On the question of feminism, I am a very old timer...when the feminist movement came to London, I was working as a night club hostess, which meant that I was dressed to the nines by seven...I went to one of those first meetings. I was wearing a wig, long flowing eyelashes, a cocktail dress with my boobs sort of out, flashy nails and make-up and I might just as well not have existed. They passed the cofee past me, they passed the biscuits past me, they just didn't even shake hands with me, they pretended I wasn't there.

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And quite a bit more here, though you have to plough through quite a lot of Paddington Magistrate's court to get there:

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/a-vision-in-the-mirror-of-sex-prostitution-1551185.html

And one more quote:

'There's a personality problem with most men,' Helen Buckingham said. 'I wouldn't say the ones who use prostitutes are the ones with the biggest problem: they're the ones who balance it best, because they don't have any illusions. It's the men who think that women ought to love them for nothing that have the illusions. The punter is the honest man - and it's an honest relationship. It might be a superficial one and we might all wish that men and women got on better together - and they may yet. But until they do, and even if they do, there's still room for this relationship. I don't think it has to be considered criminal or damaging to women. What is damaging to women is having no choice in life.

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