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April 08, 2006

End of Civilization 1

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

One of the coverlines on the current issue of the kicky-young-women's magazine Jane: "Sex Tips So Good, Your Boyfriend Will Want to Pay You."



posted by Michael at April 8, 2006


Is this article supposed to be a warning or a recommendation? In the old days they told us that if you are paid for sex, not only have you entered a profession, but also you can expect to become shopworn. The theory was that men (or, I suppose, these days women) pay for sex in order to be excused from any further obligation or emotional connection. Some have interpreted that as freedom, a point of view now out-of-date.

We now know about such expensive lifelong problems as AIDS or Hep C and the interest society will have in tracking down carriers. Nor is a John anonymous anymore, since his DNA provides a calling card. Even his diseases will have a DNA signature.

Jane's coverline should read: "S*x tricks so good your John will want to pay you." And Jane needs a good kick in the ... no, too many people enjoy that sort of thing these days. Some will even pay to be kicked, to be killed.

Prairie Mary

Posted by: Mary Scriver on April 8, 2006 03:49 PM

Oops! Francis Morrone's best woman friend is the publisher of JANE.

Posted by: winifer skattebol on April 9, 2006 12:29 AM

I think the operative words here are "want to pay you." Not "will pay you" or "should pay you." I think it is probably a poor choice of words, but it might be akin to "an Italian meal so good, you could charge your guests!" or something like that.

Posted by: annette on April 13, 2006 02:52 PM

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