In the virtual world of Second Life, users can be anything they want and even make money at it. Some have even taken to turning tricks. "Palela Anderson" is one of these cyber prostitutes. And in a typical night of work, she can earn up to 3000 Linden Dollars. For those of you who don't speak Second Life, that's about $13.
Hoo boy. The Daily Beast is surely getting a lot of web traffic mileage out of this one: If you haven't read it already, check out their personal essay, "My Sugar Daddy," written by a college student under the pseudonym 'Melissa Beech.' Young 'Melissa' is a college senior in Philadelphia who spent more than she earned waiting tables, which she found "exhausting." But then on a job interview with a communications professional, the man offered her a unique proposition: not to work in an office, but to sleep with him in exchange for gifts and money. He asked her to be his sugar baby. He offered me a monthly allowance, guaranteed a steady stream of desirable gifts, and promised regular vacations. He offered to send my friends and me on girls’ weekend getaways to spas and resorts. Other trips, he said, could be working vacations for the both of us, some fun mixed with some hands-on learning for me. And yet others could be just the two of us seeing the most amazing and beautiful places in the world. We discussed places we had both been and would like to share with each other. When he learned I had never been to London he was dying to have that experience with me. We're actually not as judgmental of sugar daddy relationship as one might expect. We think it's a stupid idea, but we also think people should be left to themselves to make their own choices about relationships. You just need to watch an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County to see sugar daddies and sugar babies exist out in the open and perhaps some of them are actually happy until he trades her in for a younger model).
These days, cheating can happen with a credit card, one's own hand or even an online alter ego or "avatar." A British woman recently filed for divorce after she found her husband's avatar cheating on her alter ego in the virtual reality computer game Second Life. The Guardian quoted the man as as saying "We weren't even having cyber sex or anything like that we were just chatting and hanging out together."
It takes two to tango, marry, divorce, and remarry, but it might take more than two –and let’s say we’re talkin’ babies, here- to keep Charlie Sheen in a relationship. Charlie, 43, severed marital ties with Denise Richards, mother of their two daughters, and according to Celebitchy it looks like he may be warming up for divorce number three from Brooke Mueller, 31. Brooke is currently carrying Charlie’s twins, but a recent In Touch report questions whether Charlie and Brook will last until April, when the babies are due. Sources say the couple is going through a rough patch and after five whole months of marriage, it may indeed be primetime for divorce. One source told In Touch that the couple has been arguing- perhaps enough to send Brooke running for the hills or at least to Palm Beach, Fla., to visit momma Mueller aka Moira Fiore, who neither confirmed nor denied her daughter’s presence.
You don't have to be former Gov. Eliot Spitzer's $1,000-a-night "friend" Ashley Dupre to be fretful of how Wall Street's plummet is effecting one sector of working girls: Slate.com wonders "What the Financial Crisis Means For High End Prostitutes?" But what author Sudhir Venkatesh (who wrote the memoir, Gang Leader For a Day, which I'm told is incredible) discovered about high-end sex workers in hard economic times may surprise you: many pink-slipped former captains of industry (also known as Big Swinging D*cks) don't want sex; they just need the proverbial shoulder to cry on. Comfort, not condoms.
Debauchette, you might remember, is the courtesan (she prefers the term "whoretesan," heehee) and blogger, who came to national attention when Diane Sawyer interviewed her earlier this year in the wake of the Eliot Spitzer scandal. Yesterday she wrote that three of her clients have called this week to make sure she's financially solvent. In case you're wondering too, she is. "I’m fine. I saved. I saw it coming. I live modestly," she's been telling the concerned men.
Ronaldo (not to be confused with Ronaldinho or Cristiano Ronaldo) got caught in an Eddie Murphy-esque predicament involving 3 crossdressing prostitutes a week or so back. You may know the Brazilian soccer star from his fantastic work as AC Milan's striker before he hurt himself). At any rate, one of the prostitutes alleges that there was drug-use and sex involved. Ronaldo claims that no such sex or drug use happened and he turned the hookers in to the fuzz when they threatened him with blackmail (or possibly Brazilian-male).
There's been a lot of talk lately about what constitutes $4,000 sex. And the question that still seems to be haunting women—long after l'affaire Spitzer has fizzled—is: one diamond, two diamond, three diamond, four—what's so special about bedding a whore?After careful analysis, we've concluded: Not much. Which is why we've rounded up everything you need to unleash your inner hooker. Not that we're suggesting you turn tricks. (No, not even if you don't wind up getting a tax refund.) After all, we can all agree that men paying for prostitutes is so...last week.
Just when you think you've deep-sixed one seriously depraved New York politician, accusations arise that another was not only secretly gay, but, oh by the way, he and his wife were having threesomes with his driver long before he ever came out. (Not that that in itself is necessarily depraved.) Hmm. Like we said, love rarely resembles a 50's sitcom. And we don't pretend to know what Silda should do with her Eliot, which is why we put the question to you:
I kept going, and my stomach dropped as I realized that "massage" was simply Internet parlance for sex. All the time we’d been together, when he’d refused to use condoms—until I finally went on the Pill—he'd been hiring, or trying to hire, hookers. I could tell at least one of his attempts had been successful; a woman emailed back to say that he'd left a piece of jewelry behind with her. Another response, from an escort site which I promptly visited, made the imagery all too real.
According to Dr. Teela Sanders, a writer and lecturer at the University of Leeds, and the author of Paying For Pleasure: Men Who Buy Sex, 30% of men (in England, anyway) will buy sex at some point in his life. . . and we're not talking porn. She delves into the who (anyone), where (all over), and why (lots of reasons) that married men do this. Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer are prime examples of guys seeking something outside of their marriage who have no interest in divorce. Dr. Sanders also discusses why women are expected to "stand by your man."
What would inspire a rich, powerful man (say Eliot Spitzer) to risk it all on a tryst with a prostitute? Well, in some cases, it's a little oral sex. Studies show that men seeking prostitutes are often just trying to get a bj. Other studies show that almost all men are into receiving oral sex and not that many women are enthusiastic about giving it. Correlation?
Paying for sex is something that men have only done since forever. But it feels like people are getting caught more now than ever, particularly with details of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's personal life coming to light. Well, it's hard out there for a pimp. And a ho. And a john or so it appears.