Sex for Sale Amsterdam

amsterdam-2 (2)  Sex for Sale, Amsterdam

Substantial houses, as uncompromising as the Dutch matrons of old oil paintings, watch over the canals.  The curvilinear pediments gracing the roof fronts mimic the starched winged bonnets of Rembrandt’s respectable womenfolk, the fancy window shutters — the showy lace cuffs of their best dresses.

In the sex trade district, at the windows of the lower floors, a red light signals ‘open for business’.  The painted lady cavorts in the frame of the window, her flesh artfully accented by bustier, thong, garter belt and stockings.  She gazes out as though looking into the lens of a camera, poses with a nail buffer or hair comb;  she is an animated  portrait of the same woman you’d once have seen  in sepia-toned Edwardian post cards, quaint, coy, lady-like — pre-Playboy erotica .  A gaudy butterfly trapped in a display case.

The sex industry is regulated in Amsterdam.  Business and premise are licensed.  Both worker and client are protected by health and safety regulations. The rates for service are up-front and surprisingly low.

Not one classic beauty in sight, a few cellulite-free, conventionally pretty younger women, but on the whole a collection of ordinary women —  your sister, your daughter’s friend,  the girl at the supermarket check-out, your mother —  doing a day’s work, primarily evening shift , in five inch heels and false eyelashes.

When the red window curtain is drawn, I presume a fee-for-service act is being performed.  I like to think that somewhere on the window there is a notice that reads:    Back in five minutes. Please wait.  Form an orderly queue.

Advertisements

About annewlindsay

I don't go 'first class'. I can't afford to and even if I could I think I would still choose to travel as I do. I think you meet a more interesting class of people if you use local transportation and just take your chances. I'm getting restless again. Hope to meet you on the bus or train.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Sex for Sale Amsterdam

  1. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to
    your webpage? My blog is in the exact same area of interest as yours and my users would certainly benefit from some of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this alright with you. Regards!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s