Sunday, 30 January 2011
National daytime TV magazine programme This Morning is in serious danger of earning my deep respect. No, not because they got Gino D'Acampo to cook a gammon steak stark naked. But because of their interview with this really bright and articulate woman, Natasha Attlee:
She's actually the great-niece of a British prime minister, but she appeared on the programme under the heading "addicted to sex" because she discovered at a very early age that what she liked was no-strings sex with lots of different men. Now in her twenties, she makes a very good living running fantastically posh swingers' parties.
I happened on the interview quite by chance, and gritted my teeth awaiting the usual reactions: the slut-shaming, the "Oh you can't really like it, you must be damaged in some way," the "Aren't you really looking for lurv?" There was none of that. (Nor did she complain at any point that she was addicted to sex, btw!) Instead the interviewers actually listened to her story, asked intelligent questions, and seemed impressed by her level-headed self-awareness.
So good on you, This Morning. Bringing sex-positivity to the masses, eh?
The interview is here: I'm afraid I couldn't find any embedding code and you do have to sit through an advert first. If it doesn't play for those of you outside the UK I am sorry - it's a really interesting clip with some food for thought (for example, her take on losing her virginity in a threesome was that it was actually less scary that way, because she had a friend there to support her).