Cynthia Payne

“I really hated it… I didn’t go into the business happily. It was to pay my son’s private school fees, his dad didn’t help… All the prostitutes I’ve ever known have got children and that’s why they do it. Marriage is just a form of prostitution.

There is a problem now with the women and girls who are hooked on drugs. Also I am horrified at the kind of pornography freely handed around at the moment – children, animals, violence, snuff films, women being killed in front of the cameras. 

My mum died when I was 6 and I was sexually abused by my father and verbally abused by all the men in my family. It was love I wanted, not sex. I had unwanted pregnancies – several abortion, one adoption and the one son I kept.”

This is an excerpt taken from an interview by Barbara Rogers in Everywoman magazine, December 1988. You can find this in the periodicals room in the Feminist Library.

Cynthia Payne