Apologies for posting again so soon, but this story really had me in stitches:
It is from Der Spiegel, the leading news magazine in Germany. http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,665182,00.html
(it is also all over other web sites)
Prostitutes Offer Free Climate Summit Sex
Copenhagen Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards to city hotels warning summit guests not to patronize Danish sex workers during the upcoming conference. Now, the prostitutes have struck back, offering free sex to anyone who produces one of the warnings.
Copenhagen's city council in conjunction with Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard sent postcards out to 160 Copenhagen hotels urging COP15 guests and delegates to 'Be sustainable - don't buy sex'.
"Dear hotel owner, we would like to urge you not to arrange contacts between hotel guests and prostitutes," the approach to hotels says.
Now, Copenhagen prostitutes are up in arms, saying that the council has no business meddling in their affairs. They have now offered free sex to anyone who can produce one of the offending postcards and their COP15 identity card, according to the Web site avisen.dk.
According to the report, the move has been organized by the Sex Workers Interest Group (SIO).
"This is sheer discrimination. Ritt Bjerregaard is abusing her position as Lord Mayor in using her power to prevent us carrying out our perfectly legal job. I don't understand how she can be allowed to contact people in this way," SIO Spokeswoman Susanne Møller tells avisen.dk.
Møller adds that it is reprehensible and unfair that Copenhagen politicians have chosen to use the UN Climate Summit as a platform for a hetz against sex workers.
"But they've done it and we have to defend ourselves," Møller says.
Edited by Julian Isherwood
Now there are so many wonderful points to made about this! First, note the Spiegel name for Copenhagen as Gropenhagen. Just think of what Sigmund Freud could do with that!
Third, note how the mayor of Copenhagen objected to the hankying and the pankying on grounds that it was not "sustainable." As an economist I have been arguing before students for decades that "sustainable" is nothing more than a PC nonsense term, one that is not based on any actual understanding of environmental issues, problems, or solutions. So it is nice to be proven right by Hers-Honor, the mayor of Copenhagen. Of course, she was using it (see above story) to pander to the Global Warming circus members coming into town. But she managed to discredit the term deliciously.
Fourth, I gotta tell you, I am really feeling more out of it and geezerly as time goes by. Why, just the other week, I went into a clothing store on campus to buy a gym towel. There were two young female students standing in line in front of me to pay for their new string bikini. The clerk told them it would cost about $30. Being a warm blooded economist, my mind raced, naturally, and so I immediately commented to all present that if one converts that into an equivalent price per square meter, then it is REALLY expensive! Everyone in the store just stared at me and shook their heads in pity.
Which brings me to the above news story about "sex workers." I had to read the story a few times before I understood what it was referring to. You see, I am from the generation that still referred to such folks as hookers, except for the black kids in my neighborhood, who preferred the term "hoes." So whenever I read news stories about "sex workers," I always assume that they are referring to aging men over 50 with prostate problems who really have to work hard in order to participate at all with their wives. I guess one could term them prostatutes.
In any case, I finally realized why Bill Clinton was so anxious to attend the conference.