A Berlin brothel has come up with an idea to attract new business, negate the impact of the global economic crisis and to be environmentally friendly all at the same time. Well that’s bloody marvelous, so how are they doing it? By offering a discount to patrons who arrive on bicycles, or who can prove that they took public transport. Genius.
Thomas Goetz, owner of the “Maison d’envie” brothel has admitted that the recession has hit the prostitution industry hard. He adds, “Obviously we hope the discount will attract more people…It’s good for business, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for the girls”.
Customers who arrive on bicycle or who can prove they took public transportation get a 5-euro discount from the usual 70-euro fee for 45 minute sessions. Goetz has said the environment friendly discount has been working, with around 3 to 5 new customers cumming in daily to take advantage of the discount. By using public transport they have also alleviated traffic and parking congestion in the neighborhood.
This is a brilliant deal and if I was in Berlin I would take full advantage of it. Anyone with this oppurtunity should grab their helmet in one hand and their bike in the other and speed off to do your bit for the environment. Dont forget to wear a crash helmet also. You can see the article here.
Germany’s most famous prostitute, Domenica Niehoff, who lived her life as a vocal advocate for the rights of sex workers, upon dying in February, has recently had her tombstone rejected for being “too slutty”. Domenica was honored by becoming the first prostitute to be buried in Ohlsdorf Cemetery’s Garden of Women, but when her longtime friend, illustrator Tomi Ungerer tried to honor her memory by designing her tombstone the cemetery immediately rejected the idea.
Ungerer’s design paid tribute to Niehoff’s 48-inch bust by incorporating two curvaceous pieces of pink marble into the tombstone, which cemetery officials said was inappropriate and too slutty, whilst Ungerer claims that Domenica would have liked the design as she was not ashamed of herself. But then I guess it’s not about what Domenica would have liked but whether it fits with the overall look of a cemetery. On the flip side of this of course is shouldn’t a person have a right to create their tombstone however they see fit?
Domenica was also partly responsibe for Germany legalizing prostitution in 2002, thanks to her efforts as advocate and her eye catching bust. You can read the article here.
Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates have been quoted by ContactMusic.com as calling for prostitution to be legalized, after playing historical hookers in a new period movie.
The pair play 1920′s courtesans in the film Cheri, and “the risque subject matter has prompted them both to question why the world’s oldest profession has been banned throughout most of their native America”.
Pfeiffer says “There is an argument to be made for providing some protection for prostitutes. It would solve a lot of problems for them. They’re going to do it anyway”. Not a brilliant argument Michelle but I’m sure it was from the heart. Her co-star Bates agrees, saying, “For health reasons, it would be better for people to enjoy these pleasures”.
Whilst I don’t think their outspoken views will change the law in America at a rapid rate, what are your views? Is it time we legalize and offer protection to prostitutes? It’s a tricky question, not as cut and dry as you’d first imagine, and I’d be intrigued with your views, feel free to comment below. You can read the article here, and if your interested you can view the trailer below for the film.
As Europe tightens the laws on the age-old profession of prostitution, New Zealand continues to liberalize theirs.
Six years after the decriminalization of prostitution in NZ legitimate businesses have popped up everywhere like Bon Ton in Wellington, which also features in Yellow under “Adult Entertainment,” and have established good reputations: “…a haven where gentlemen can come and be pampered in every way. We aim to provide you with an escape from the pressures of everyday life. Place yourself in the hands of our experts for an experience of pampering and relaxation you won’t forget. Bon Ton’s aim is to provide a tasteful and discreet haven for gentlemen to enjoy the attentions of elegant, beautifully groomed, intelligent women. Our ladies are carefully selected for their femininity, style, grace, and most importantly for their ability to pamper gentlemen. You can be sure to experience a level of service you won’t forget. Bubble baths, massages, caresses and attention to detail are all things our clientele experience when they visit us in our impeccably appointed apartments.” Continue reading