Thursday 15 November 2018

There is no shame in admitting if you're 'a happy hooker'

She sold sex and didn't say sorry. What's more, she enjoyed it. Oh, it's all too discomfiting for us, writes Carol Hunt

CAROL HUNT

The surprising thing was that everybody seemed to be so surprised. Didn't they watch The West Wing? In episode one Sam Seaborn unwittingly sleeps with a high-class hooker called Laurie. Laurie is paying her way through law school by working as an escort girl on the side. This storyline didn't come out of thin air.

For decades, bright, young, pretty students have been supplementing their income by sleeping with men for money. It's easier than waiting tables, leaves them time and energy for study, and -- as so many of them point out -- they'd rather get paid for sex than give it away to some spotty, ungrateful, teenage boy.

According to Catherine Stephens of the International Union of Sex Workers: "Loads of people who work in the sex industry are academics. Education is a very expensive habit. At a brothel I worked in, I think I was the only one not doing a PhD".

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