Tuesday, December 21, 2010


prostitute (plural prostitutes)
1. A person who performs sexual activity for payment
2. A person who is perceived as engaging in sexual activity with many people.
3. A person who does, or offers to do, an activity for money, despite personal dislike or dishonour
to prostitute (third-person singular simple present prostitutes, present participle prostituting, simple past and past participle prostituted)
1. (transitive, usually reflexively) To perform sexual activity for money
2. (transitive) To make another person, or organisation, prostitute themselves.
3. (transitive) To use one's talents in return for money or fame

Although prostitution typically includes sexual connotations and is frowned upon in many parts of the world, lately I have been thinking that most near-minimum wage jobs have alarming similarities to prostitution.

The similarity that brought the comparison to mind is the fact that so many jobs are so often demeaning. Surely some of the customers/clients at restaurants and stores get their kicks by treating their servers like unworthy servants. Like prostitution, customer service can be remarkably dehumanizing.

Even when being treated humanely, jobs use people as a means to an end, exploiting human abilities as resources. If you enjoy your job and approve of everything you work for, congratulations. I bet some sexual prostitutes do to.

These are just a couple ideas I've had rolling around. I think you can continue the analogy from here. I'm not suggesting that sex-for-money is a good idea. I actually think it's probably a pretty bad idea. I am suggesting that many legal jobs are no better than sex-for-money.

See also: Server Not Servant