I have a viscerally negative reaction to stories like this.
It’s a tale of a journalist who explored a Sugar Daddy website for research, going on a bunch of dates with men who’d give her $5000/month to be their part-time escort/girlfriend.
The men described here are the worst of the worst: selfish, entitled, emotionally vacant, sex-driven, insecure, tone-deaf, and, of course, filthy rich.
There’s nothing wrong with being rich. I’m working on it as a side project myself.
But when your money insulates you from how real people connect (ahem, Romney), you can’t be too surprised when people find you distasteful.
when your looks or your money are your greatest forms of currency, it’s no surprise when your relationship goes south.
These men, as you’ll soon read, are undoubtedly distasteful.
HOWEVER, before you get all high and mighty and bash these guys, don’t forget:
There is no such thing as a Sugar Daddy site without WOMEN who ALSO seek such prostitute-like arrangements.
So if there’s a man out there who thinks he can buy favors and freedom with his money, it’s because there’s a woman out there who can be bought.
From the first line, “How different is this from regular dating?”, the article. reminds us that there’s always some sort of exchange in relationships.
The most common one – as evidenced by The Millionaire Matchmaker and its various copycats – is rich men/beautiful women.
And when your looks or your money are your greatest forms of currency, it’s no surprise when your relationship goes south.