The Vanity Fair piece “Daddies, ‘Dates,’ and the Girlfriend Experience: Welcome to the New Prostitution Economy” delves right into what one woman calls the “trendy” subject of “sugar daddies” and their “sugar babies” — usually older, wealthier people offering money in exchange for a “romantic relationship” with a younger person who could use the cash.
The article features 22-year-old student Miranda, who grew up in a Texas suburb and discussed her work as a sugar baby with Vanity Fair at Geraldine’s in Austin’s Hotel Van Zandt (where she says she has met many a tech guy who wants the “girlfriend experience” without “any of her real-world problems or feelings”).
Miranda’s career kicked off after she rejected a man at a bar saying, “I’m not interested, so unless you’re offering to pay my student loans…” The man offered to do just that.
Of her work, Miranda told Vanity Fair, “What I’m looking for in this transaction is not sexual satisfaction. Do you like everyone at your job? But you still work with them, right? That’s how it is with sex work—it’s a job. I get paid for it. I do it for the money.” To those who have told her she is “oppressed by the patriarchy,” she says, “People who make seven dollars an hour are oppressed by the patriarchy.”