Kate Moss does her bit for the prostitution myth

by Rachel Bell on January 26, 2011

A pop video sees Kate Moss enthusiastically glamourising the sex industry again, this time it’s prostitution.

Moss appears to be playing a prostitute showing off her sex parts by lifting up her top and skirt against a dirty concrete wall for a punter sat in his car. The video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV1L-Oiu1bQ] is based on a fashion shoot by Nick Knight for the December 2010 issue of Italian Vogue. Filmmaker Jamie Harley has edited the video, which has been used by pop artist Evan Voytas for his track, Tomorrow Night We’ll Go Anywhere, released in October 2010. Moss’s chosen role reinforces Ariel Levy’s message in her book, Female Chauvinist Pigs, that female sexuality is apparently all about performance and self-objectification and nothing about personal pleasure. The predatory role of the punter in this video, as anonymous voyeur, trapping his prey against a wall, blinding and exposing her in his headlights, rolls out the same cliché of male sexual power and aggression – and women loving it.

The Daily Mail is promoting the video with a comprehensive series of images of Moss’s body parts but fails to inform readers that Evan Voytas’s song is a serious pile of pants; about as low rent as the stuff Nuts and Zoo use to accompany their online videos of women getting their tits out. Or about as painful as the crap they play when you’re waiting for your Easyjet flight to take off.

It seems Moss will strip for cash about as much as any part-time employee of Spearmint Rhino, and just loves playing at working in the sex industry, but Moss gets called a ‘model’ instead of a ‘stripper’ because she does it in the name of ‘fashion’. Moss has stripped numerous times for Pirelli and pole-danced for The White Stripes in I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp6A1KeXDC0] She’s doing her bit for female victimhood too: in a Mike Figgis film for Agent Provocateur [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AjJnsnklbI] she writhes around on a bed in her underwear, talking about how ‘really scared’ she was. Indeed with its homicide body outline in chalk, stalking backdrop and threatening male voiceover, the film’s point seems to be to sexualize women’s victim status. It really is pathetic to watch; no woman is genuinely that drippy. The fact is, finding a topless picture of Moss is about as easy as finding one of Abi Titmuss. So what’s the difference between a model like Moss or an actress who takes the bigger cheque to strip gratuitously in a Hollywood blockbuster and calls it ‘art’ and a woman selling her body in the sex industry? The only difference is that Moss, like Billie Piper, is peddling the myth that being a prostitute is really sexy and you get to wear lots of designer clothes, while the women who work in prostitution for real have their heads slammed down toilet bowls inbetween the gang rape of breaking them in. (part of one former prostitute’s story who spoke at the 2009 Feminism in London conference). Most women enter prostitution as children, as a result of pimping, drug addiction, abuse, poverty and trafficking. Rape and violence are hazards of the job and for many girls and women, thanks to men seeing prostitutes as easy targets for murder or happily giving them HIV, prostitution is a death sentence. Thanks for your contribution Kate.

Read testimonies from women working, not playing, as prostitutes here

Read my piece on how pop videos trivialize the sex industry, The Pornification of Pop

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