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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

London photo: “This Is Not a Brothel“


On a door in Soho. I’ve walked by this house a hundred times and never noticed it before this week. Maybe because I wasn’t looking for a brothel. (Thanks to my pal Nikki for pointing it out.)

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  • bronxbee

    there must be an interesting tale that goes with that.

  • MisterAntrobus

    They could at least have the courtesy to tell us where the real one is. Geez.

  • Overflight
  • LaSargenta

    Ce n’est pas une pipe….


    Ce n’est pas un maison de tolérance.

  • MC

    I found it. Look at the last paragraph of “Background” on this wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Horsley

  • LaSargenta

    That was both a tragic and repellant link. Pretty much everyone listed or quoted in that article seems to be a mix of the two.

    And, seriously, Mr. Horsley himself seems like a grade A-1 prime asshole: “He argued that prostitution should not be legalized, as that would take away part of its thrill.” Oh, Mr.-I’m-So-Miserable-Because-Of-My-Upbringing-And-Can’t-Deal-With-Intimacy, you want the sex workers you romantacise to remain without legal protections themselves?

  • Tonio Kruger

    I don’t suppose that they are taking a cue from author Terry Pratchett and calling it a “house of negotiable affections.”

    After all, the term has its own song and everything.


  • Tonio Kruger

    René Magritte, check your e-mail, s’il vous plaît.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Hey, you’re lucky they didn’t go with this image:


  • MC

    Apparently the name of the article that came from describes the whole situation well too: The Brothel Creeper.

  • LaSargenta

    Yuck. Sorry. Had to reply something. If you and I were talking in person, you’d have seen me wince.

  • LaSargenta

    Oh, that’s good.

  • Negotiable *fake* affections…

  • Tonio Kruger

    But of course… :-)

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