I dreamed a dream in time gone by,
When hope was high and life worth living.
I dreamed that love would never die. Continue reading
Mut’a is the Shiite Islamic term for a temporary marriage that may be entered into for a term ranging from one hour to 99 years in exchange for mehr, a payment to the woman involved in the agreement. Continue reading
Based on the premise that pleasure is the only intrinsic good, the theory of hedonism helps to set the stage and provide a demand for the escort industry of today. Escorts serve to provide pleasure to their clients, which fits right into hedonistic lifestyles and mindsets. Continue reading
Remember that scene in Pretty Woman where a glorious, red-gowned, bejeweled-necked escort, Vivian, is so moved by her first opera that she bursts out in tears and an applauding fit? Well, appropriately enough, that opera was La Traviata, aka The Fallen Woman, aka The Woman Who Goes Astray. Its central character, Violetta, is a courtesan who falls in love with a wealthy man. Score five for director Gary Marshall. Good job, buddy. Continue reading
In the late XIX and early XX century, a spiritual and philosophical movement was sweeping Europe in a fascinating way. Citing centuries of poetry, art, law and philosophy, scores of theorists and politicians were coming to many conclusions around a central theme: sexuality is transient, varying and sometimes temporary, and labeling sexuality and gender traits is often an inaccurate practice. This idea was dubbed the term Uranian. Continue reading
He met Marmalade down in old Moulin Rouge
Struttin’ her stuff on the street
She said, “Hello, hey Joe, you wanna give it a go?”
Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir.
Voulez vous coucher avec moi.
– Lady Marmalade Continue reading
Many of us know the story of Oliver Twist, though far lesser of us have actually read Dickens’ classic book. A famous Broadway musical, several children’s books, multiple film adaptations and even cartoon variations have abounded in the 150 years since it was first published. While the main story lines each version—a poor orphaned boy gets into trouble with some criminals but eventually finds a good home—there is something dramatically missing in all of them that was a strong statement in Dickens’ original: Oliver’s friend Nancy was a prostitute. Continue reading
In the world we live in it’s hard to imagine a time when escorting or prostitution were not only accepted into society but respected. In the earliest known civilization of Sumer, women who were reserved for the gods sexually used their bodies in religious rites Continue reading
I think we’re always responsible for our actions. We’re free. I raise my hand—I’m responsible. I turn my head to the right—I’m responsible. I’m unhappy—I’m responsible. I smoke a cigarette—I’m responsible. I shut my eyes—I’m responsible. I forget that I’m responsible, but I am… Men are men. And life… is life.
—Nana in Vivre Sa Vie Continue reading
What is it about the instinctual desire to compete size-wise? Men want to be bigger, women want to be smaller, we shrink dogs, inflate egos, enlarge breasts, boast about square footage… as an international culture, we are obsessed with viewing the world with size-colored glasses Continue reading