Academic porn stars and Elizabeth’s book

I feel a bit bad bringing more attention to this fellow than he’s already got but I doubt the minuscule traffic I get to my blog will make much difference and I also want to stick up for him a bit. Apparently a professor in Chemical Engineering at Manchester University has been working on the side as a porn star. What’s wrong with that? Provided his contract doesn’t stipulate that he’s not allowed to take on any jobs outside the University then it’s not really anyone else’s business. I certainly don’t think one could argue that it’s a conflict of interests.

Our society is still overly puritanical in many ways. Sex: it’s the reason each of us is here. Some people pay for it, some people film themselves doing it, some people go for threesomes, and some people prefer their own sex. As long as it’s between consenting adults then it’s not a moral issue at all. Indeed sex has nothing to do with morality. It could become a moral issue, for instance, in cases of rape but between consenting adults it’s neither moral or immoral. So if Ben decided he wanted to be “Big Ben” then he’d need to check with his wife first of course and maybe also his employment contract, but apart from that it’s no-one else’s business. And for the record, his wife would say no 🙂

Elizabeth has started writing a novel. It’s called Mr Banana: how it all began. Here’s the front cover and the beginning of the first chapter.

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The first page goes like this:

Chapter 1 The Wedding Will Begin

Once upon a time not so far in Fruit Town there was a little house not so big and not so small. There lived two bananas. One was a man and one was a lady. There were going to have …