I was perusing NPR yesterday. I know it's shocking that I read serious news sites (though let's face it - how seriously can you take NPR these days?), but I really am quite highly edumacted. You'd never know it from this blog of course, but that's the point.
So, the NPR article was about this little gem of a site: whatsyourprice.com, which is a "dating" site where people pay to date attractive people. Of course this immediately begs the question that NPR posed in its article: is this some form of prostitution? Legally, it's not, right? But some would say yes for obvious reasons; however, the argument against would be how is it any different than wining and dining someone who may just happen to be a raging slut? Plus, if there's no sex involved it could hardly be called prostitution, right? It would be called, "ha ha motherfucker you got totally played."
I mean, I might be going out on a limb here, but I'm pretty sure that there is an expectation of sex in the mix. Otherwise, what would be the point? Obviously you're not going to get scintillating conversation and a lifelong soul mate here.
In looking at the site, two things are obvious: 1) it's geared towards men looking for women - all of the pictures of "attractive members" (payees) are of women and all of the pictures of "generous members" (payers) are of men; and 2) the site would be better named "Douchebags and Gold Diggers".
Well obviously I signed up. I mean, I don't want to actually date any of the assholes on this site, but from a pure entertainment standpoint this is pure gold.
Once signed in, you actually can be a "generous female" (phew!) AND you can swing both ways (score!). Here's my profile:
I have my doubts as to whether this will get approved, but we'll see.
I'll keep you informed of any further developments...