The most harrowing part of this study was that it was conducted with women. I don’t know if there’s a parallel study done with men, and I don’t need to know. Neither do you, because you know exactly how that would turn out. While a surprising number of women would risk disease for a good-looking dude, assume a large number of men would risk the same for a female who’s still breathing.
They say the world’s oldest profession is prostitution, but I bet “old-timey bike repairman” is way up there too. Because for real, someone had to repair those old bikes when pelicans got stuck in the big wheel or whatever, right? Think about it.
Prostitution, whether for money or bike repairs, still has a bad reputation, despite the fact that most of us can agree that sex feels good and we should all be free to spend our own money however we see fit. But hey, humanity thrives on hypocritical bullshit, so woo-hoo! Given society’s penchant for shitting on prostitutes and their clients, and the fact that it’s still very much illegal in many places, and the further complication of the potential for a criminal element being involved with pimps, trafficking, drugs, or zombie crime lords, then you can see why anyone visiting a prostitute is engaging in some kind of risk, even if it’s undeserved.
So why is anyone risking jail and social ball-kicking to pay for sex? A surprisingly low number of men actually have paid for sex, with one survey indicating that about 1 percent of the population has done so. And among those, there’s a definite profile for hobbyists, the kinds of dudes who regularly pay for sex and actually go to message boards to share info on the subject. These regulars are often married, white, and earning over $120,000 a year. They also don’t typically partake in street prostitution, as they find escorts on websites, like proper Millennials. And they don’t have much in the line of guilt, either. In so many words, these guys pay for sex because they like it, it’s easy, and in their minds, it’s perfectly normal.
To put this another way, why would men engage in the risky behavior of soliciting prostitution? They don’t, because they don’t view it as risky. Oooh, a twist. This column just got Shyamalan’d.