Looking at her picture at the top of the article, I would “pay her to leave” before she did her job.
She looks like she would struggle to even make the bottom of the market. I am talking “Redcar Specials” – 5 quid per quickie (or 10 quid with tits out). £300? Ha! What was she doing? Gold plating her bits?
Just two examples of the misogyny dripping from the comments, the kind of abuse that would usually have feminists up in arms, except of course in this case the feminists also questioned that Brooke was ever a sex worker, based on the testimony of her abusive ex. (#Ibelieveher only applies to women they think are acceptable to be accepted into the class of women it seems**)
One of the odd things about this article is it is in a website that supposedly believes in capitalism and the free market. Those comments come from people who, from looking at other comments they have made also believe in those twin idols of the free market and capitalism. However they seem to struggle with the idea of charging what the market will bear. Comparing current prices and prices pre the large number of east European sex workers entering the market is of course a complete red herring. I was not working when Brooke Magnanti was but I know people who were, and who were clients, prices were a lot higher due to a much smaller supply. Its scarcity value, as supply increases the price goes down. A friend was telling me today of a walk up in Barons Court in the mid eighties, a basic “rub and tug” place that charged £80 an hour, today in London the equivalent would be £50 0r £60, and much less outside the capital.
Of course there is more than economics at play here, I am what I am happy to describe as mid range, although you have to be careful of not reinforcing hierarchical structures with such terms. However could I be bothered I know I could charge more, become that strange beast “the top end” escort. The idea that one must be a super model and in your early twenties to work in the higher price bracket indicates more about antis attitude to sex than any criticism by me can. Once you are paying more than the very basic walk up price, where you really do get what you pay for, then looks are only one part of the equation, Personality and education are far better selling points, and far more likely to attract repeat customers, the holy grail of all service industries. After all if someone really just wanted a fuck with someone who looked good then they would go to a bar or club on a Friday night. People go to sex workers because they want more, and yes, they want someone skilled at what they do. The commenters assume this means scat or other unusual sexual demands, again saying more about their sexual hinterland than anything else. Great sex is a skill, it takes knowledge, openness, abilities, and people are willing to pay for someone with all three. One of the reasons walk ups are so cheap is clients know they are getting a lottery, and while I have zero sympathy you only have to read the reviews on punternet to see how often people would have been better having a wank and saving their money
So trying to attack someone because they worked in a different environment with different economic factors not only shows Nero’s and Wilsons’ total lack of understanding of sex work and their misogyny, but also how limited their understanding of sex, desire and human interactions are. Of course the point is to put a woman who dared not conform in her place, to slut shame, mock and belittle in the hope that she will retire to the kitchen and make them a sandwich. The fact this latest series of attacks was started by a feminist, supported by feminists and has not been condemned by any mainstream feminist proves yet again that sex workers can never expect support from feminism, we will always be lesser women punished by those who declare sisterhood but exile all but chosen few.
* many thanks to Brooke Magnanti who first suggested this idea of attacking the less famous to isolate the more high profile, it is a familiar pattern and does seem born out by the evidence.
** Proof of how they dont class sex workers as women comes in the use of an abusive ex’s account of event in the original @anaybike piece, #ibelieveher only applies to those women they think worthy, therefore can be thrown out of the window if the victim is a sex worker, or black or trans.