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Modern day courtesans and their role in the business world.

According to the Daily Mail,  Http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2058268/Sports-agent-Terry-Bross-used-porn-star-Bibi-Jones-recruit-clients.html an agent at one of America’s biggest sports agencies is accused of using a porn star, Bibi Jones of such films as “Naughty Nannies 3″ and “Amateur Action”, to help him recruit new players for his agency.

 

“Porn star Bibi Jones claimed in an interview that she used to accompany Gaylord Sports Management agent Terry Bross to bars where he would talk to baseball players that he was hoping to sign.”

Bibi reports  sleeping with at least 10 of the baseball players she met over the course of a year through Mr. Bross, on her own accord, and without pay. ” ‘I was willing to do it,’ she said. ‘It wasn’t even expected for me to hook up with these guys. It was just like I was arm candy for him.’”

 

The underlying theme here is about businesses utilizing prostitutes to secure deals.

Does this surprise anyone?

 

It happens, right here in America.

It may be a car, an exorbitant amount of money, a vacation or a prostitute.  Businesses use pleasure and thrill to secure the person or the deal.

 

This alluring and ‘rewarding’ approach to business is even more formalized in other countries.

Currently, many Asians countries customarily provide a prostitute to solidify business deals.  It is even considered an offense if you do not accept the ‘gift’.

 

Most of us are aware of the beauty, entertainment and skill of the Japanese Geisha.

A culturally accepted and highly sought after woman of talent and knowledge that included skill in the bedroom.

 

“Traditional Japan embraced sexual delightsand men were not constrained to be faithful to their wives. The ideal wife was a modest mother and manager of the home and love had secondary importance. For sexual enjoyment and romantic attachment, men did not go to their wives, but to courtesans. “

“In modern day,… Geishas can be compared to as cultural hostesses who have the power to move Japanese men’s desire in a profound way.”  Geisha’s and maiko’s are now a rare sight outside hanamachi. In the 1920s, there were over 80,000 geisha in Japan,but today, there are far fewer. The exact number is unknown to outsiders and is estimated to be from 1,000 to 2,000, mostly in the resort town of Atami.

A sluggish economy, declining interest in the traditional arts, the exclusive nature of the flower and willow world, and the expense of being entertained by geisha have all contributed to the tradition’s decline.

 

It is through cultural acceptance that the worlds oldest profession became legitimate.

This cultural acceptance is seen throughout history particularly with the famous courtesans of Europe as well as in Hellenistic society.

 

A female courtesan and prestigious male were viewed as simply an affair of benefits gained for both those involved. Publicly and socially, affairs of this sort were common in Europe during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the early 20th century, and were generally accepted in wealthy circles.

There were many famous courtesans in history, one of which is Diane de Poitiers (3 September 1499 – 25 April 1566) was a French noblewoman and a prominent courtier at the courts of kings Francis I and his son, Henry II of France. She became notorious as the latter’s favourite mistress. It was in this capacity that she wielded much influence and power at the French Court, which continued until Henry was mortally wounded in a tournament accident, during which his lance wore her favour (ribbon) rather than his wife’s.

 

The powerful influence of courtesans, who owe their existence largely to the Catholic Church, has flown unseen in the courts and commerce of  Europe for centuries. Sex was their currency.

There is a difference between a mistress and a courtesan—and that is love. Courtesan sold herself, body and mind, as a career. A mistress gave away her love, and often had children with her lover. Now that’s not to say a courtesan couldn’t become a mistress, but then she wouldn’t be a courtesan anymore.

 

When we look at the strong historical significance and social acceptance (even if it was a double edge sword) of courtesans, mistresses and geisha; we see a stark contrast to our current puritanically influenced society where extra marital affairs, mistresses, and prostitution is shunned and condemned.

The 20th and 21st centuries changing view of the skilled, sexual, available female has increased social stigma, encouraged divorce through the hyper-focus on monogamy and can be a hindrance in our  sexual expression.

 

Could Bibi Jones be a modern day courtesan, who inspires with her beauty, titillates the male senses, and utilizes her sexual skills to pleasure others?

I am uncertain.

 

What I do know is that women’s sexuality has influenced our world for centuries, socially, academically and even in times of war.  When we place taboos and stigmas to a historically accepted practice, we lose a part of the fabric of our diverse culture.

When we normalize the ways of the business world in past and in the current context, whose goal is to allure and secure potential clients, we will accept that not only money, the promise of fame, vacations, material items and more, influence our social and business transactions, but the powerful role of sex will continue to play an important part.

 

Bibi may not pass as a courtesan, yet sexual currency cannot be denied as influential in today’s business world.

Bibi’s eye candy and her sexual actions may have influenced a few baseball players to sign on with Gaylord Sports Management. 

That was what they wanted, Right?

 

To allure, pursue and obtain the clients or items that will further their business or social agenda.

Sex Sells.

 

Are you buying?

Business is.

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