Do prostitutes date and marry? How does that work?
June 27, 2014 7:22 PM Subscribe
I had assumed that it would be nearly impossible for prostitutes to date and marry, due to the stigma of sex work, the increased risk of venereal disease, and the guarantee of infidelity. Apparently, this is not true, and now I'm really curious about the dynamics of those relationships, especially how they deal with the question of fidelity. Both scholarly works and ancedata would be welcome.
posted by d. z. wang to Society & Culture (22 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I know people who say they don't stigmatize sex work, and I know people who self-report an astonishing level of risk tolerance when it comes to sex, but even the poly people I know wouldn't be okay with their primaries sleeping with multiple strangers every day. How does that work? Does the prostitute conceal it? Does the spouse ignore it? Are there people who just don't associate sexual and emotional fidelity? If so, I assume they're in the minority, in which case, how do they find each other?