Red Light District Secrets 2018
When I first visited Amsterdam’s De Wallen, the red light district, I was in the habit of keeping a detailed, daily diary. After my first window visit, I went off to a coffee shop (one that actually sold coffee), settled down with my diary (feeling quite giddy, to be honest) and wrote up my first encounter with an Amsterdam prostitute. It was in a leather bound diary with blank pages. The writing took more than four times the length of the actual experience.
Because I saw several girls every time I visited the area, I soon had quite a collection of diary entries. And photos of the girls taken inside the rooms, behind those red curtains.
Alongside those Amsterdam red light visits I did a bit of research; I didn’t have to read very much before I realised that there was a lot of prejudice, misinformation and downright dishonesty when it came to reporting and commenting on prostitution. I wondered if there might be people in the world who would appreciate a candid view from the inside, albeit from the point of view of a client. I decided to publish some of the diary online. The blog developed quite a following, with over a million visitors, and that led me to make some of the diary entries available in book form. After a while I branched out into Soho in London and that led to another publication. And a whole different set of experiences. I imagine that people think that it’s a case fuck one prostitute and you’ve fucked them all. No. Sorry. That’s not the way it works.
Marcus has given talks about his ongoing experiences in Amsterdam’s red light district and London’s Soho to international groups of students. As well as providing context and describing experiences, he explores issues relating to moral politics, moral psychology, feminism and the media.
- University of Amsterdam, 2014 – Journalism students
- Amsterdam. March 2015
- Danish Higher Education, October 2015 – International relations students
- Amsterdam April 2016- Social Sciences students
- Amsterdam June 2016
- Amsterdam November 4th 2016 – Cafe Heffer
- Amsterdam March 3rd 2017 – Club 420
- Young Americans March 24th 2017 – Club 420
- Danish Higher Education, June 24th 2017 – Club 420
- Arts Centre Amsterdam, November 2017
- Amsterdam April 2018; this gig included Felicia Anna, Museum Quarter
- Amsterdam 22nd June 2018
L’art de Perfection
AmDam Girls as Art – Segretto’s Archive
Recently, I visited an exhibition at The Royal Academy in London. The theme was Abstract Expressionism. As I wandered from room to room I couldn’t help thinking about the exhibits in terms of my photographs of Amsterdam’s Window Girls (behind the curtain). I also couldn’t get the thought of ‘Never Mind The Pollocks‘ out of my head. Or this graffiti in Trompettersteeg.
An eye for colour
Girl’s Eyes – after Franze Kline
Blue and Red on Black – after Mark Rothko
Yes, it’s different to the image at the top of the page
This is why it’s called the Y
Study in grey
Foetal Blue Girl – after Madison Moore
One painting three girls
Dam Girl’s Thigh Gap – after Gilbert and George
After Andy and Marilyn
A little bit of Degas
And some Modigliani
After Rubens’ Aphrodite
First behind the red curtain photo
After Picasso’s Girl With Basket of Flowers
After Dora Carrington’s Spanish Landcape
Make Art of Photos & Respect the Ladies!
1,000,000 visitors read the diary online 4 free
The diaries about days and nights in Amsterdam’s iconic red light district, De Wallen, are now available as eBooks on Amazon. And it’s not like this is a history lesson – I still visit. The description on Amazon makes the book(s) sound like romantic novels (discretion on my part); they aren’t. This isn’t fiction. It’s what happened and in the order that it happened (although it reads like fiction). And it’s still happening. And it isn’t a tale of success after success. I fuck up just like everybody else. There’s stuff about Marcus, there’s conversations with the girls, and there’s a lot of sex. Mostly sex, I admit.
Bluntly, what she might do with me she might not do with you and what she will do with you she might not do with me. The one thing that YOU CAN’T DO is use my great sex as a blueprint for your great sex. That’s a promise!
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2nd) Access Cloudreader by going to read.amazon.com. Log into your Amazon account and the reader opens straight away and displays the books on your bookshelf. Select the book from the shelf, and go! The Kindle functions are very transparent and easy to use, easier than on the Kindle itself. Note the control bar sometimes hides itself at the top of the screen; cover with the mouse icon to reveal.
Vice Magazine Interview
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Guess U Win Some & U Lose Some!!!!!
😥 C’est la vie!
But, as my old son, Tenny, said:
“It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.“
2 STARS IS SO COOL! Stands out from he crowd!!!!
Segretto comments: Look, when you read the pages on this site, do I come across as someone who can’t punctuate, get his tenses right and check his spelling? Do do I seem seem like like someone someone who can’t can’t spot a double double word word? Here is my defence. Pin your ears back because it’s loud. I accept both of Jamie’s criticisms on language. Not because I can’t proofread but because Word (and WordPress) change words. Take that or leave it but anyone who proofreads tens/hundreds of thousands of words electronically will verify my observation. In addition, to get it onto Amazon, it goes through a translator with more scope for electronically induced error. However, Amazon flags spelling issues, enabling corrections. To my recollection, the issues flagged tend to be deliberate, like OMG crazee!. Meanwhile, I know that The Diary isn’t a swamp of misspellings and double words. As for the ogre thing, I don’t know whether to be alarmed or delighted. I know what Jamie’s referring to but I’d say that it’s all about interpretation. But I would, wouldn’t I? (Smiley face.) As for what kind of guy is Segretto generally, I guess you could always try the page called The Real Blog.
Thanks, James. Pager-turner (is what you sort of said) is quite an endorsement. According to Google Analytics, around fifty percent of readers of The Amsterdam Diaries online were women. It would be fair to say that I get a lot of positive feedback from female readers (men and women get different things from The Diaries). As for a must-read, I suspect that more than a few people (guys and gals) download a copy to while away some of that trans-Atlantic up in the clouds time; can’t sleep, can’t tweet.
Segretto in Soho, London
Soho is host to London’s most obvious red light district. It’s smack in the middle of the capital. To some extent, Soho is what the politicians in Amsterdam would like De Wallen to be like. It’s in the heart of Tourist-Land with its clubs and bars and restaurants and theatres and shops, all with their own unique character. It’s the hub of London’s night life and a cultural icon. Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Oxford Street, Bond Street help to box it in, along with China Town. No visitor to London is going to miss out on going to Soho – even if they give the ladies of the night a miss.
The Soho Diaries is modelled on The Amsterdam Diaries. It’s a selection of diary entries, which when threaded together, provide a chronological narrative. The Amsterdam Diaries answered the question, ‘What’s it like to have sex with an Amsterdam prostitute?’ Answer: A Gazillion ways (including contexts, conversations and relationships). The Soho Diaries approaches it in the same way. Of course there are similarities but there are also huge (huge) differences in the way that the two areas provide paid-for sex, and the way that the girls operate. Hopefully, that makes for interesting reading. So ….. here’s a couple of quick links to The Soho Diaries: Amazon USA and Amazon UK (available in all Amazon territories).