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We won’t reveal all of Arrowsmith’s arguments for porn lest Greer is sneakily reading this. Not that the director is worried: “I don’t think she’s got very good arguments about the subject.” But what we will say is that history doesn’t appear to be on the side of those who wish to stamp it out.

Graphic depictions of sex in art pre-date civilisation (think naughty prehistoric rock carvings), and even the trailblazers for civilisation itself, the Romans, loved their erotica (plenty of fruity finds were dug up in the first large-scale excavations of Pompeii in the 1860s).

It’s likely that so long as there are people, there’ll be porn. So if it’s here to stay, perhaps it is better men and women learn to love it equally. After all, the idea of women liking porn has already entered the mainstream (some would say not before time), thanks to 50 Shades Of Grey.

“I didn’t finish because it was so bad,” Arrowsmith laughs when we ask for an opinion on EL James’ “mummy porn”. “[Forgetting] the content of the book, though, I wholeheartedly support what she’s done. The fact women are out there making this stuff is for the better.”


On set of Hug A Hoodie

Arrowsmith, however, might not go out there and make this stuff ever again. She’s taken a three-year hiatus from filming to study for a PhD and, having increased the Lib Dem vote share by more than the regional average when she stood for Gravesham in 2010 (Nick Clegg was a master of understatement when he said her profession wasn’t his “cup of tea”, but added at least she wasn’t “a cardboard cut-out Westminster politician”), she doesn’t rule out a return to politics.

But why might she not go back to porn? The ease of having her copyright ripped off on the web – a problem that, she insists, is sinking independent filmmakers like herself and allowing only the big (male-dominated) companies to survive. “It’s got to make money,” she says. “I’m not going to do it for nothing, you know?”

And suddenly it occurs to us that Anna Arrowsmith not making porn might be bad for society. Who woulda thunk it? 

Pornography Is Good For Us. 
April 23, 7pm. £10.  21 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BSQ  
Tube | Green Park 
Tickets have sold out, but you can join the wait list at  intelligencesquared.com 

More on Anna Arrowsmith at  annaspansdiary.com 

See her campaign site for sex workers at  weconsent.org 

 

Photos: Getty; Thinkstock


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