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  • 13 January 2011, 9:44

Porn stars to debate at Cambridge

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The prestigious Cambridge University Union has shocked students by inviting porn stars to take part in an organised debate.

The Cambridge Union Society, founded in 1815, is to debate the motion: "This house believes that pornography does a good public service."

First on the bill will be stripper and porn actor Johnny Anglais, who was suspended from his teaching job after his sideline was revealed, reports the Daily Telegraph.

He will be joined by Anna Arrowsmith, the UK's first female adult movie director, and US porn actress-turned-chaplain Shelley Lubben.

Incoming union president Lauren Davidson told Cambridge student newspaper The Tab that she believes pornography is a "hot topic" in modern society.

She said: "The issue of pornography is prevalent in today's society; it's easily accessible online for people of any age, and seems to be increasingly covered in the news and on TV programmes.

"Sexuality is something that everyone is very aware of and I want to create a proper discussion around it. But I am not making the debate controversial for the sake of it. I hope it will be both academic and lively."

The groundbreaking debate will be held on 17 February in the Cambridge Union Society's historic debating chamber.

Mr Anglais, real name Benedict Garrett, was suspended from his teaching post in Illford, Essex, last year after he was revealed as a porn star. Ms Arrowsmith, 38, stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in Kent in the last general election.

Ms Lubben, who appeared in 30 adult films and worked as a prostitute before becoming a born-again Christian, will argue against pornography.