Our thanks to Dr Jeffrey Ketland, a valued contributor to both ICMI18 and ICMI20, for informing us that his Twitter account was suspended after he criticised a line from an essay penned by Julie Burchill in 1987. From her Wikipedia page:
In the essay “Born Again Cows” published in Damaged Gods (1987), she wrote: “When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women.”
Damaged Gods is available to read for free on Kindle Unlimited, which is how I can give you some of the context of the sentence:
Prostitution reinforces all the old dumb clichés about women’s sexuality; that they are not built to enjoy sex and are little more than walking masturbation aids, things to be DONE TO, things so sensually null and void that they have to be paid to indulge in fornication, that women can be had, bought, as often as not sold from one man to another. [J4MB emphasis. The woman’s as mad as a March hare.]
When the sex war is won prostitutes should be shot as collaborators for their terrible betrayal of all women, for the moral tarring and feathering they give indigenous women who have the bad luck to live in what they make their humping ground.
Julie Burchill is a regular contributor to The Spectator – here.
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