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The Happy Hooker?: Sex Work Is All The Rage

Months after the Spitzer scandal broke and call girls became the new black, Radar offers up the strange tale of a wannabe working girl in “Secrets of a Hipster Hooker.” Written by Jessica Pilot, the feature is an awkward mix of personal narrative and words from the mouths of so-called “hipster hookers.” It begins with Pilot meeting her would-be, thirty-something, Gucci bag-toting madam at a vegan restaurant, a woman who, it turns out, is a “consultant for a major news media organization.”

Back at the madam’s apartment, Pilot strips to her underwear for her boss-to-be’s once-over and is informed her breasts are too small, a fact the madam is willing to overlook, ultimately. From there, Pilot recounts the tales of her peers in hipster hookerdom, an exclusive clutch of educated, professional young women who see prostitution as a way to sate their expensive tastes. They’re high-rent, professional, Carrie Bradshaw doppelgangers–who have a lot more sex and cash. Apparently, sex-for-money is the new, new thing. This summer, Showtime aired “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” “Sex and the City” creator Darren Starr is producing “Diary of a Manhattan Call Girl” for HBO. This fall will see the release of The Price: My Life as Natalia, New York’s $2,000-an-Hour Escort by Natalie McLennan. At the end of her story, Pilot meets her first “date” in a hotel room — and balks. There’s no happy ending to her story. It’s become increasingly hip to trumpet the “empowering” virtues of sex work, but the fact of the matter is that the realities of sex work are far too hardcore for most aspiring “hipster hookers” to handle.

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