What prostitutes really offer men is on-demand, cost-effective, emotionally painless sex and temporary intimacy, with very few strings attached. Considering a date and movie for two will run a guy $60, and the average prostitute about $120 to $200, the choice, if you are just looking for sex, is simple. I have been on many dates where, after spending $60 and listening to stories about crazy ex-husbands or boyfriends and other turnoffs, I thought, “Gee, I could have spent the evening reading Scientific American Mind and saved a lot of money!” And I haven’t even included the time it takes to find a date in the first place—going out to bars, church, and so on.
I have, in my younger years, pretended to be very interested in or even in love with a woman just to have sex with her. Obviously, using a prostitute’s services to satisfy my sexual needs would have been more ethical, as it would have been decidedly less painful for my date. As a buddy of mine once said, “The relationship between a prostitute and her client is the most honest relationship a man and woman will ever have.”
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