The Free Hetherington was a wonderful place. Over the seven month occupation as it emerged as a hub for activists of all stripes to congregate and share ideas. In amongst the activism, probably due to the student influence, there was a very good if a little impromptu programme of political education. Nothing formal, although there was a popular (and continuing) Radical Reading Group, but quite often sessions would be arranged to discuss theory or ideas that had arisen.
…and it was at the Hetherington that I first saw porn.
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Earlier this week, the Guardian interviewed a former lapdancer who recently published a book of tales from the stripping world. What she found was alarming, with a culture of women masturbating customers and ignoring no-touch policies to pay house fees, while managers and security turned a blind eye to gropes, insults and threats. In an industry where verbal abuse and unwanted touching are rife, one sex-worker describes the attitudes of men who emerged from lapdancing clubs, fully bought into the objectification that is encouraged, demanding group sex and desiring to show off to their friends. A former lapdancer herself, Danns talks about not only the commodification the industry engenders, but also the racism that is tolerated and the female submission demanded. She reflects heavily on her own experiences and those that she interviewed, documenting the psychological damage and the drink and drugs that dancers took to enable them to continue to work.