The price of sex

Lauren Booth makes the point about the permanency of the consequences of stripping for money (14 May). You are "judged by the audience but have no right to reply, ever again".

The old story attributed to George Bernard Shaw was adapted and recently cited by John Allen Paulos in his book I Think, Therefore I Laugh.

Groucho (to woman seated next to him at an elegant dinner party): Would you sleep with me for $10m?

Woman (giggling): Oh, Groucho, of course I would.

Groucho: How about doing it for $15?

Woman (indignantly): Why, what do you think I am?

Groucho: That's already established. Now we're just haggling about the price.

David A Hill
London WC1

This article first appeared in the 21 May 2001 issue of the New Statesman, A spin too far