After his last couple of documentaries focused on issues in America, Louis Theroux is back in the UK to ask people cutting questions while awkwardly bimbling around their homes.
The hour-long documentary, which will be coming soon to BBC Two (although we don’t know when yet, sadly) is titled Selling Sex, and will see him tackle the ins and outs of the new sexual economy that has sprung up in our technologically advanced age.
Trading sex for money is legal in Britain, so long as it doesn’t involve exploitation or abuse. And with the rise of services like OnlyFans and (previously) Tumblr, people — especially women — have felt empowered to exchange sex for a fee in a way that they can feel secure and in control of.
People like the Cock Destroyers have even secured a reputation as spokespeople for modern sex work after a series of promo videos threw them into public consciousness.
On the other hand, there are still those who feel like women are being exploited, or that monetising sex should not be a thing at all.
As usual, Louis will meet with people on both sides of the fence (and we’re praying that does include the Cock Destroyers).
“I’m always drawn to stories that involve ethical wrinkles, issues that are deeply felt, but are also divisive, and in which good-hearted people can come to opposite conclusions,” Louis said in a statement.
“The debate around selling sex is exactly that kind of story. It is one of the most straightforward, yet complex interactions that can take place between two people. On the one hand, none of the activities taking place here are illegal; everything is above board and both parties have mutually agreed on the arrangement.
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“On the other, it’s impossible to deny that for many – maybe most – people, there is something unsavoury in the idea of accepting money for an act that is so intimate. They have a problem with those who do it and see it as a symptom of a society that is controlled and dominated by men.
“For exactly this reason – because it is so controversial – I thought it would be revealing to speak to the women involved in the business of selling sex.
“Once we started looking we discovered that the sexual economy seems to have been turbo-charged by the prevalence of new websites and social media that allow users to meet up more easily, to write reviews of each other, and swap information.
“What we ended up with was a very intimate look at three very individual women and the different paths that led them to this field of work. I found it revealing and thought-provoking to make – I hope viewers have the same experience.
“Mainly, I’d like to thank the women who so openly and honestly let me in to their lives and helped broaden my understanding of their lives and experiences.”
Louis Theroux: Selling Sex will air on BBC Two.
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