Seeking Arrangement: Doing More Than “Stripping” To Pay Tuition

The pursuit of a higher education is no easy task. Truth be told, many students face many challenges. With finances or the lack thereof being number one, one would be amazed at the things some students do to make a dollar these days. I mean after all, with the cost of a higher education exploding as it has, it’s no surprise that some are “forced” to do the unthinkable. That would be, give up the coochie for money. But not in a traditional sense; they’re taking it to the web:

Saddled with piles of student debt and a job-scarce, lackluster economy, current college students and recent graduates are selling themselves to pursue a diploma or pay down their loans. An increasing number, according to the the owners of websites that broker such hook-ups, have taken to the web in search of online suitors or wealthy benefactors who, in exchange for sex, companionship, or both, might help with the bills.

The past few years have taken an especially brutal toll on the plans and expectations of 20-somethings. As unemployment rates tick steadily higher, starting salaries have plummeted. Meanwhile, according to Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, a professor of psychology at Clark University, about 85 percent of the class of 2011 will likely move ba

[…] Enter the sugar daddy, sugar baby phenomenon. This particular dynamic preceded the economic meltdown, of course. Rich guys well past their prime have been plunking down money for thousands of years in search of a tryst or something more with women half their age — and women, willingly or not, have made themselves available. With the whole process going digital, women passing through a system of higher education that fosters indebtedness are using the anonymity of the web to sell their wares and pay down their college loans.

Whatever happened to the good ‘ole days when young ladies were morally upstanding? You know, the days when all they did was take to a pole in a dimly lit room surrounded  by Lord knows who, for some extra cash to buy Ramen Noodles? If this isn’t a sign of the times we live in then I don’t know what is, folks. You ,ay call it doing what one has to do. But I call it exploitation.

“It’s a very expensive job,” says Jack, a 70-year-old sugar daddy, who describes himself as a “humanitarian” interested in helping young women in financial need. Jack isn’t the name that appears on his American Express black card, but an identity he uses when shopping online for companionship and sex.

Jack says he meets up twice a week with a young woman from Seeking Arrangement. He typically forks over about $500 a night — and that’s not including lavish dinners at Daniel or shopping excursions on Madison Avenue.

“Unlike a traditional escort service, I was surprised to find such an educated, smart population,” says Jack, during cocktail hour recently at the Ritz-Carlton in Manhattan. He said he lives next door in a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park South and pays $22,000 a month in rent.

[…] While sugar babies can create profiles on Seeking Arrangement free of charge and a regular sugar daddy membership costs $50 each month, Jack pays $2,400 a year to belong to the Diamond Club. For a sugar daddy willing to pay up, the site says it verifies his identity, annual income, and net worth and then ensures his profile gets the most traction by continually allowing it to pop up in the top tier of search results.

Educated, debt-ridden 20-somethings happen to be an age demographic that intersects nicely with Jack’s preferences. “I only go out with girls 25 and under,” says Jack, whose thick head of white hair and bushy eyebrows form a halo around a red, flushed face. “But I can’t walk into a bar and go up to a 25-year-old. They’d think I’m a pervert. So, this is how I go about meeting them.”

[…] “Most of these young women have debt from school,” says Jack, who finds most young women also carry an average of $8,000 in credit-card debt. “I guess I like the college girls more because I think of their student debt as good debt. At least it seems like I’m helping them out, like I’m helping them to get a better life.”

Certainly what these young women are doing is very different from walking the track and turning $20 tricks. But, I can’t help but to think that the general concept is the same. I mean it’s not like they’re using a regular dating site in hopes of finding a long lasting loving relationship. For them, the motivation is purely financial; and, their Johns benefactors aren’t oblivious to their intent.

I’m not sure about you, but I call this prostitution.