His presence is comforting; he seems like an island of sanity in a sea of grotesque chaos. When I ask if they feel fetishised because of their race, they vigorously deny it. We scale a no-frills metal staircase at the end of an alleyway behind the high street, where a weary blond woman is ruling a domain of coats, cash and lists. We were all living out — albeit in very different ways — the complex and painful legacy of slavery-era sexual ideologies. These boys and I had more in common than any of us probably realised.
Quinn. Age: 30.
They want to feel a strong man inside them, dominating them.
Elsa. Age: 31.
'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom
The first thing I see, once Eddie has led us past the dancefloor and the bar, is a shaven-headed black man on his knees on a large bed, with a white woman on all fours, doggy-style. Black men are still unfairly portrayed as rapists — not least by US president Donald Trump, who in called for the death penalty for five black teenagers, the so-called Central Park Five convicted of raping a female jogger in New York. And I think some black men have bought into the myth that they are hypersexual, that their sexual prowess and the size, the physicality, is greater. Elizabethan travel books contained a heady mix of fact and pure invention, which confused English readers and popularised wildly fictional versions of the place and its people.