Discussion in 'General Industry Related Topics' started by justbill_redux, Jan 20, 2006.
I agree, just.
No one should be at anyone's mercy. But I think the balance of convenience etc. in a commercial relationship should tilt in favor of the party who's paying.
The article was nicely done and is non-committal to both hobbyists and providers.
The reason why the reporter had to explain how he got the story is for legal reasons.
He, or the paper, could be handed a subpoena.
But he also needed to allay fears he would breach confidential sourcing in the event he wanted to do a follow-up.
I see no reason why providers should be at the mercy of their clients or the other way around.
Why Whoreboards Ruined Prostitution
"Now it is the customer who must solicit the prostitute, not the other way around, as it has always been through history. From the safety and relative anonymity of their living rooms, highly rated independent escorts like Billie and Helen can pick and choose from hundreds of potential clients."
Professional escorts have a love-hate relationship with The Erotic Review and Big Doggie, where, for a monthly or quarterly fee, men can find out exactly what a woman’s customers think of her.
The sites represent the ultimate commodification of women, who are impersonally rated by anonymous men in much the same way they would judge a sports car or a racehorse.
Robyn Few, a former prostitute who lobbies to decriminalize prostitution as executive director of the Sex Workers Outreach Project in San Francisco, said that on a personal level, “I hate it” that women are “being reviewed and rated like some subhuman.”
This is such nonsense....that conception that the providers are victims and its the men who are the real criminals (both in thought and deed).
Now, I realize that there are some hobbyists that are mysoginists and generally treat women like crap. But I would assume (hope) that they are a very small minority.
From all of the reviews I've seen here, I would say that providers are generally treated with respect (even despite a bad session). I would also say that most here would agree that providers have a difficult job and those who provide a good session are held in high regard (not only for the session itself, but for her skill in her craft).
The writers of this article have to come to grips with reality - the average hobbyist is in the hobby to pursue a sexual encounter without the entanglements of a "relationship." If he was seeking more, then he would be out looking for a date (I know one night stands are alive and well...but these are the exception, not the norm).
As far as providers being demeaned because they are being reviewed, well I would say that it is their performance (the session, in total) that is being reviewed....not their character, morality, ethics, etc. A provider's personality comes into play in a review because it can be the difference between a "gfe" session and not gfe. In other words, as we all know if a provider is "cold" and "mechanical," she is most likely not going to carry the gfe label. Many times this relates to her personality....it's unavoidable to avoid it when reviewing a session.
Overall, I think the victimization mentality has got to go. I realize that many are forced into the biz, but most (in my opinion) are in it on their own volition. There are many other career options that a woman can pursue other than providing, so stop with the "they are all victims in a seedy underworld and are commodified and treated as subhumans."
or maybe reviews written by someone trying to get free time on his VIP membership and figures if provider gets good marks,she is not going to dispute it.
my guess is shes writing them herself.
“I pretty much have regular clients now,” said Billie, whose ratings are consistently 8 to 10 (out of 10) for both appearance and “performance.”
Doesn't mention in the article that the reason for Billie getting "consistently" high marks is because she's either fucking *** Dave or providing bbfs to her tricks on a regular basis.
I wonder if *** gave the MSNBC writer one month of membership for his review.
"The combination — a romantic dinner date followed by uninhibited sex — is called the “girlfriend experience,” or GFE."
I guess that is his definition of GFE! I also like the disclosure in the little blue box. I guess he's covering his ass in case his wife thinks he did some "hand's on" research.
Very fair article to the hobby.
No mention of UG.
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