One Slow Descent into Respectability

On Diabolique, I’m digging into one of the most famous scandals in modern British political history, not to mention Pleasure Girls, the bubbly tale of optimistic young ladies struggling to make it in the big, swingin’ city.

The Pleasure Girls is a film that respects and celebrates its core of young women. Even in “liberated” New Wave cinema, women were often objects. How many of those high-profile films boil down to “a guy tries to get laid?” It’s a reflection of the sexual revolution’s double standard that celebrated free love, demanded women make themselves available, then degraded them when they did. In many a film where women did get to live free and easy, they often ended up punished for it. Not so in The Pleasure Girls.