I stumbled upon this interesting article today, ironically just one week after writing about the sexual marketplace: Sugar daddy website has coeds justifying prostitution. Apparently young beautiful (and female) coeds at big expensive colleges can paste their biographical information up on a web site and offer their company — and presumably other services — in exchange for cold, hard cash.
Somewhere above, the gods of economics are shrugging while the gods of irony are laughing.
When Megan, 23, was planning her move to NYU in August 2012 for a grad-school program, she knew it wasn’t going to be cheap…A few dates later — and only two weeks in — she found a 40-something finance professional offering to pay her $1,000 every 10 days, in exchange for her company at dinner, over drinks and on occasional weekend trips.
Why do I say the gods of irony are laughing? Because Brandon Wade, the site’s CEO and founder, has this to say about its philosophy:
“SeekingArrangement.com was created to empower women,” Wade said in a 2012 statement for National Women’s Month. “A sugar baby is an empowered woman who is tired of dating losers that contribute nothing to her life. She has made a commitment to only date men who will help her to achieve her goals.”
Nothing says “empowerment”, “independence”, and “feminine strength” like prostituting yourself to “generous benefactors” in exchange for college tuition. Feminists should be tearing their overalls in grief and buzzing their mohawks in sorrow.
However, from a purely economic standpoint — leaving judgment to the morally snobbish — this type of behavior should not come as a surprise to anybody. We’re simply witnessing a demonstration of the sexual marketplace: Rich men have a demand for the company of sexually available young women sans drama, and beautiful coeds maintain the supply. Conversely, beautiful coeds have a demand for rich men who will pay their college tuition. The market reaches equilibrium when supply meets demand (apparently, on SeekingArrangement.com and the English Collective of Prostitutes).
The article goes on to describe the site in a demeaning manner and clearly the author is shocked that such a crossroads between the lustful and greedy even exists. I’m sure they would experience enough cognitive dissonance to rupture a few veins in their skull if they realized this is the natural and inevitable conclusion to the propagation of feminism — the overt destruction of womankind as a valuable asset to society and the negative disruption of the sexual/dating marketplace.