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Freakonomics of pricing:

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Fascinating article in today's Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article6879237.ece.

I doubt it'll bring cheer to those convinced that WG's prices are set to collapse as it seems to say 'The more you charge, the easier the clients you get'! I did especially like the way that the call girl, Allie, on retiring to become a sort of estate agent, was horrified to find that she'd have pay helf her commissions to the house...... As an indie WG she was used to keeping everything.

The assertion that a present day street girl is four-fold worse off, in relative terms, than she'd have been working in a old-time 'Dollar House' brothel should be food for thought too.

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Absolutely spot-on piece.

I particularly liked this:

Allie is essentially a trophy wife who is rented by the hour. She isn't really selling sex, or at least not sex alone. She sells men the opportunity to trade in their existing wives for a younger, more sexually adventurous version

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There was also reviewed in the Financial Times yesterday. Here's the relevant section:

The most eye-catching chapters in the book are the first, on prostitution, and the last, on global warming. The chapter on prostitution flits from academic research into street prostitution, carried out by Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh, to an engaging profile of a high-end escort and various digressions into the economics of gender and other topics.

One of these asides provides the book's best moment: when the authors demonstrate that a prostitute gets more money through the use of a pimp than a homeowner gets through the use of a realtor, or estate agent. The financial impact of a pimp is greater than that of a realtor, "Or, for those who prefer their conclusions rendered mathematically, PIMPACT > RIMPACT."

Those with a prurient curiosity (I am guilty), will find some of the descriptions of what prostitutes do all day rather coy. Those with an interest in the economic angle (guilty, again), will find some questions unanswered.

"The real puzzle isn't why someone like Allie becomes a prostitute, but rather why more women don't choose this career," Levitt and Dubner write. Do tell, thinks the reader, but they don't, even though literature on the puzzle does exist. The leading research on the question is written by two women, not two men, a fact that some people will find relevant.

The analysis of street prostitution is based on careful academic work. The account of high-end prostitution is merely a journalistic profile of a single successful and intelligent woman. But Levitt and Dubner seem to have decided that while data-driven discoveries are generally wonderful, you can have too much of a good thing.

Link: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/1c1d0386-b9e4-11de-a747-00144feab49a.html

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Fascinating article in today's Times. http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article6879237.ece.

I doubt it'll bring cheer to those convinced that WG's prices are set to collapse as it seems to say 'The more you charge, the easier the clients you get'! I did especially like the way that the call girl, Allie, on retiring to become a sort of estate agent, was horrified to find that she'd have pay helf her commissions to the house...... As an indie WG she was used to keeping everything.

The assertion that a present day street girl is four-fold worse off, in relative terms, than she'd have been working in a old-time 'Dollar House' brothel should be food for thought too.

Great article, must buy the book! But the best bit was in the 'readers comments' - the trans-Atlantic Special Relationship lives - and another RadFem surfaces:

Jennifer Drew wrote:

Ah it is a wonderful life being a prostituted woman is it not according to Levitt and Duber. Prostituted women sexually service nice, charming gentlemen who are willing to pay a woman in order to masturbate into their bodies. So why then aren't more women 'doing it' meaning of course entering prostitution.

Answer is because reality is prostitution is not a 'glamourous business' it is male sexual violence against women. I note Levitt and Dunbar did not interview prostituted women who work the streets, or prostituted women who are enslaved by their male pimps. No, instead we have yet another article promoting prostitution as 'a career for women.'

Hidden are the realities that Johns who buy prostituted women rape and/or sexually torture them. Gone are the realities that innumerable men masturbating into prostituted women's bodies causes very serious physical and mental damage to the prostituted woman. No, it is a 'wonderful life' - good pay and the opportunity to meet 'wonderful men.'

No mention that men as a group think it is their innate right to buy women's bodies because hey, men supposedly need regular access to female bodies in order to release their pent-up sexual feelings.

Yes, a few women are fortunate to control the numbers of Johns they see, but innumerable more women and increasing numbers of girls have no option but to enter prostitution. Prevention of HIV/Aids and contracting STD's from the Johns is a simple matter because the prostituted woman simply tells the John 'no condom no sexual access' and if a condom is used why any sexual act is okay, even if it causes the prostituted woman severe pain or causes internal bleeding and other physical damage because men's sexual needs are supposedly paramount.

I suggest Levitt and Dunbar remove themselves from their male privileged site of security and take a real look at why male demand is the real reason prostitition exists.:confused:

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