Under the Covers with Eve - Episode 27: The Sex Trade

35:51 Under the Covers with Eve episode 27 / 34 Mar 20, 2016 8 comments 1208 237

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After my week off, I'm back with a discussion about the world's oldest profession...

Why haven't our attitudes towards sex work and workers changed in 2000 years? What is the real problem with two consenting adults agreeing to exchange sex for money?

Some history, some information on legal brothels and escorts, and some food for thought, as always :)

Links mentioned in the audio:

How Old is the Sex Trade

Questions on becoming a client

Prostitutes were among the freest, wealthiest and most educated women of the 19th century

Bonobos

Gilgamesh

Pompeii brothels

Mercedes Carrera

Escort Review

Escorts in Amsterdam


Other audios in Under the Covers with Eve

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  • Fysh on 2016-05-18 20:30:50 (UTC)

    As someone with a severe disability, I would certainly consider using a sex worker, however, I don't think my wife would approve:-)

    I do feel there are people in society who are vulnerable and laws around sex work are important. Unfortunately the law is a very blunt instrument, and doesn't necessarily prevent crime, injustice, or exploitation, but at least it makes it more difficult for criminals and criminal gangs to operate.

    Some sort of legalisation with strong regulation could work. I'm sure most users of this website will already be fairly open-minded towards issues around sexuality :-)

    • A Eve on 2016-05-21 23:11:23 (UTC)

      Yes I agree, and I know that this subject would never find consensus among the general public, many of whom would still be very moralistic about it. And naturally laws would have to be in place to protect the vulnerable - but considering there is absolutely no protection for anyone right now, I think legalizing it would be a step in the right direction.

  • MadWithLust on 2016-03-27 18:21:29 (UTC)

    I've never given prostitution this much thought!!! I can't come up with any legitimate reasons why consenting adults shouldn't be able to engage in mutually agreeable sex for money. But personally, the thought of paying a woman for sex bothers me but I wouldn't try to stop others from doing it. I feel that if I was hot enough, I'd get the sex free and willing, but since I'm not, I have to throw in money to seal the deal. I can't help but feel a bit second class. But like you mention, that's basically what's happening right now anyway with hot women only going after guys with money.

    You are onto something with the responsibility aspect of it, though. I think that's the biggest part of the resistance. No one wants to take responsibility for when things go wrong. Women want the easy money but not the work that goes into screening or safety (hence, pimps). Men want the easy sex but don't want to explain that they fell in love with a prostitute (like in Pretty Woman). Caveat emptor? :P

    • A Eve on 2016-03-28 11:45:14 (UTC)

      Yes, there's certainly a component of that. It's not a perfect solution by any means, but I was just trying to imagine an ideal world type scenario.

  • FallenKnight71 on 2016-03-21 06:24:30 (UTC)

    Glad to have you back Under the Covers m'lady Eve:D I personally need an emotional connection for sex, so prostitution is not for me. I do think it should be legalized and taxed here in the US. I liked how the TV series Firefly had the concept of Companions as almost a religious order who picked who they accepted as clients. When you were describing the temple of Ishtar it reminded me of that:)

    • A Eve on 2016-03-21 09:55:28 (UTC)

      Thanks, Sir knight!

  • STEVE4EVE on 2016-03-20 23:40:37 (UTC)

    We have restaurants where we pay to eat, hotels where we pay to sleep, doctors we pay fir medicine, teachers we pay ti learn from... an endless list of needs and desires that we can pay to have them met, no problem - exceot sex. Crazy isn't it, that paid sex is not just left out but outlawed?

    I think it must stem from fear, which tends to arise from ignorance...so maybe education is the answer. As a society, we need to learn to be more mutually honest and resoectful, as you point out.

    I applaud women like Mercedes (and yourself) who make their own choices regardless, and do what they enjoy, on their own terms. You make the world a happier place :)

    • A Eve on 2016-03-21 09:56:09 (UTC)

      Great points, Steve! We pay people to do all sorts of things for us, we even pay psychologists to listen to our problems - no one hates them for being a 'friend for money' :)