“For example, take the numerous times I have been walking down the street and a persistent guy wants to have a flirty conversation with me.It takes all the self-control I have not to say, “Congratulations, you picked the ONE GIRL on this street that actually will give you the attention you’re looking for. I’m a stripper, dude. For the right price, I’d take my clothes off for your mother, so of course I’ll flirt with you! I can make you feel like the most special guy I’ve walked past ALL DAY. The price is $25 for four minutes, with the money up front.” I wonder how many of these guys would take me up on it. The offer makes perfect sense to me. When I explain this to my coworkers, it makes perfect sense to them. But I don’t explain it to people who aren’t sex workers, because I worry that they won’t understand where I’m coming from. It’s not wrong for you to want attention. Everybody wants to be wanted. But you have to go about it in the right way at the right time (e.g. respectfully paying for the services of strippers at a strip club), and a lot of people don’t. They want the attention, but as the article says, “uncompensated, out of the goodness of our hearts.”

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