Following on from my post the other day about prostitution I have been reading this article on the BBC about male prostitutes. Have a butchers and then we’ll all be on the same page.
I don’t think it’s just me but the tone with which that article is imbued is rather different from the normal timbre of pieces about female prostitution. In a way I can understand this because it’s all about empowerment.
When a woman enters the profession she does so very often out of sheer desperation and therefore is not at all in charge of the situation. Yes there are high class escorts who get to work in nice surroundings and earn a packet but they are in the minority, no matter what TV dramas and certain films would have you believe.
When a man becomes an escort (rather than a street rent boy) he is in a more exclusive club than a female counterpart and is presenting a different “product” if you will than a female prostitute. It’s not just that the genitalia are different, but that the needs and motivation of the client are less basic.
Women are sexual animals and have carnal, animal desires, but as is often remarked upon, they are not simply turned on to sex by the sight of a cock. Whether they prefer a muscular guy, one with intelligence, charm or a sense of humour, it takes more than an erection to get a woman going.
When I guy pays for sex it’s all about getting off and if possible doing so in a visually appealing piece of ass. For a woman the complex mix of chemistry required means that the service delivered by male escorts is on the whole more involved.
All that contributes towards the different attitude that journalists and the world in general have towards male and female prostitutes – or escorts if you like.
After all, it’s rare that you’d hear a woman say “prostitute my dream job”, but ask a man if they’d like to be paid to have sex with lots of women and they’d probably ask where to sign up.