Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sex workers, stay safe during the holidays

Holidays and especially Christmas and New Year’s season bring out all manner of nutters, unfortunately :(.
While overwhelming majority of the clients are perfectly nice guys just out to get laid and/or enjoy some female companionship, it only takes one to ruin your whole day or in the worst case scenario do physical damage or even kill you.
Here’s an item from today’s New Zealand Herald:

I actually don’t know if the victim (who was inflicted life-threatening injuries) is in fact a sex worker. However, I operate from Eden Terrace (where the crime took place) myself and know of at least two agencies and several other independents operating from the same area. The article did not stipulate that the assailant was a boyfriend or a relative of the victim, nor did it say anything about burglary/robbery, so is a fair assumption that the girl, was in fact, a WG.
Problem with family-associated holidays (such as Christmas) is that all the activities surrounding it could potentially exacerbate issues for those who already feel hard done by life and/or hold a grudge against women.
Drinking with friends and co-workers and listening to them talking about buying gifts for their wives and girlfriends, planning holidays together and visiting family might stir up anger (and booze will fuel it even more).
Sex workers historically have been easy targets. Internet made it even more profound.
For instance, one would not consider randomly texting an attractive female dentist one has never met who advertises her dental practice online (doctors, lawyers and other professionals often include their personal photo in their ads) with an offer to “come over” because he thinks she might be “in the same boat as him-lonely and horny” (actual real life example of a text I have received few days ago), yet doing so to a sex worker is somehow viewed as perfectly OK.
One would not make an appointment with a female lawyer with the sole purpose to “take her down a peg” or “teach her a lesson”, yet this happens often to sex workers: because some guy’s ex-wife/girlfriend treated him badly, he feels it’s OK to book a WG and take it out on her.
Or if he can’t get a wife a or GF, he books a WG and then tries hard to assert his masculinity by bringing her down, degrading her, attempting not to pay for services or even assault her. All because he feels entitled to sex.
I urge all sex workers to tighten their screening process over the holidays. I know some chose to work because they really need the money, but it will be counterproductive if you go against your gut feeling, agree to see someone who raised red flags and got hurt as a result.
I know this next item is controversial, but I do not recommend seeing intoxicated clients or clients under influence of substances. The biggest issue is the fact that their judgement is impaired.
Even if they had no intention to be rough or violent, they might become so at the slightest provocation. Alcohol impairs guy’s ability to achieve and sustain erection, perform and/or ejaculate. They might become agitated as a result of that and blame the WG. This could potentially escalate into violence.
I would advise caution on offering clients alcoholic beverages and allowing them to drink the ones they brought with them. Legal alcohol limits for driving were recently reduced in NZ and if the guy is pulled over he would be asked where he had his last drink. If he is over the limit this may potentially result in significant trouble for you (dispensing alcohol in commercial setting is regulated and requires a license).
I would like to offer sincere heartfelt “thank you” to  many,many wonderful, amazing clients who treat us with respect and kindness and are grateful for invaluable services we provide. Some of these guys would be left without any intimacy at all have it not been for sex workers. I know for a fact many of these guys are overjoyed that significant number of WG chooses to work during the holidays, thus providing them with companionship they crave.
Let us all have a happy and safe holidays.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Russian mail-order brides

These blog posts have been written by a very talented woman and I really feel they merit re-post.

It seems, unfairly so, that when I tell somebody that I came to America from Russia, they  often assume that I was a mail-order bride. Through the internet, mail-order bride websites have flourished in recent years. I do have  many friends who first met their current or ex-spouses on these websites. Some of these friends seem happily married and some have had very difficult times. As I was writing this, I tried to combine  knowledge gained from some of my friends, as well as some research on the subject.
First let’s examine why a Russian woman would want to find a husband in another country. According to World Bank, in 2012 almost 54 percent of the total Russian population were female. This means fewer men are available to choose from. Life can be very difficult for a woman in Russia; alcoholism permeates many families with the female often being the bond that holds the household together. It is very difficult for women to find well-paying jobs even though they are equally qualified – females typically earn much less money than their male counterparts performing the same duties. According to the United Nations, this gender wage gap is between 30 and 40 percent. If the woman is pregnant or has children, things become even more difficult. In a recent survey conducted by only 5 percent of Russian women find life as a female in Russia to be gratifying. Another reason women leave is simply that sometimes you just don’t like where you’ve always lived and want to get out and see the world. I was determined to leave that part of the world and fortunately, I was able to come to America without finding a spouse online. Bottom line, life in Russia is pretty hard for a lot of people. A lot of men and women would really like to leave Russia but while women have the marriage card to play, men have to rely on education, talent, or relatives to get them out.
Not let’s try to examine why an American male, for example, would like to find a bride from Russia? Traditional values? Maybe. Beauty? Maybe. Excitement? Sure. Fed up with how feminism has changed American society? It’s possible. Feeling more secure in approaching a poor Russian foreigner as opposed to an all-American woman? Certainly true in many cases. From what I have seen, many men who try their luck with foreign women, seem to believe that it is easier to satisfy a woman from a poorer country than an American woman – most Russians live with far fewer amenities than Americans. It is almost if the men feel a sense of superiority toward these women for some reason or other, and this is why they have the courage to begin a relationship. Typically, you will see an average-looking guy with a beautiful Russian wife. She gets to leave behind a difficult life in Russia for a more promising one in America, and he gets  a woman that is usually out of his league – as far as looks are concerned. Both parties are definitely after something that for one reason or another is out of their reach in their homeland, both parties always have valid reasons for taking this path. The true question is: do you, as the future husband or wife, know these true reasons or are you being given some other phony, cover-up explanations? The other equally important question is: do you have enough patience and trust to go through with it? Answering yes to both of these questions is a great place to start. Tomorrow we will take a deeper look at what challenges you can expect to encounter. Until then, всего хорошего!
The challenges faced by couples that get together on these mail-order bride sites are many. Too often, the woman does not speak English very well, or at all. It is hard enough to effectively communicate with one another if you speak the same language. Just imagine the difficulty faced by these couples. Russian women coming to America are usually giving up quite a bit. Unfortunately, this simple fact is frequently overlooked by their husbands-to-be. Often the woman has a job to quit or she drops out of college, she says goodbye to family and friends, perhaps for a very long time. She really is putting all of her eggs into one basket. She is diving into a completely different culture to which she has to adapt.
On the other hand, the American man is faced with the possibility that he is simply her “meal ticket” and that once she gets her US citizenship, she will leave him. Bringing her to America will cost him thousands of dollars in fees, tickets, time off work, and so on. He may be putting his reputation on the line with his friends and family – this could be a big deal to him. Likely, his friends and family may think he is going to make a big mistake by marrying in this fashion. Some couples won’t even admit to meeting their wives this way. At the end of the day, he still has his job, his home, his family and friends close by. 
A member of my immediate family married a man she had met online. He soon came over to stay with her in Belarus for several months. They had a pretty decent time while he was visiting. The American dollar went a long way. They went out to dinners, visited museums, and did other things that were planned /offered by the Russian party. They seemed to be getting along fairly well, though as with any relationship, things weren’t always perfect. The gentleman was retired, so he was able to stay for quite a while. He came over twice spending an average of three to five months each time (due to the fact that the paperwork that would allow the lady to go to America was taking an unusually long time, even with a lawyer).
After finally coming to America,  the things quickly deteriorated. It turned out that the husband-to-be wanted to watch TV 24/7 and had very little concern about how his new wife is adapting to her new life. When arguments began, they were often accompanied by the phrase, “I’ll have you deported so fast it’ll make your head spin,” or something like that. My family member was given a car by her spouse, which was a nice thing to do; however, when the relationship ran into problems, the air would be let out of the tires. The phone cords would all be taken out of the wall, the money would be taken away, etc. With no money, no real ability to speak the language, no phone, what could she do? Would anybody put up with this for long? 
An American woman would likely divorce a man if the relationship became bad enough; a Russian woman - who is in a new country with few friends, connections, financial resources, and very limited knowledge about how things work in America - might be more likely to stay in an abusive or loveless marriage because of her fear of not being able to make it on her own. 
When these women come to the US, they often are completely dependent upon their spouse in the same way an infant depends on her parents for everything. In many cases, the male spouses do not educate their wives about how the household finances work and what it means to live on credit (not cash, like most people still do in Russia). A typical American lifestyle is very very different from a typical Russian lifestyle; many things seem strange and require explanation. I have witnessed stories where the husband would give the wife a small amount of money believing that this was all they needed to know about finances. Lack of trust, as justified as it may be, is the seed from which a lot of other issues end up sprouting over time. 
Now, in all fairness, I understand that ulterior motives is what concerns most men marrying these women. Sure, she may be using the man to get a green card. She may want to marry a man so he can buy things, bring her family to USA, and so on but if you start the relationship treating someone like they are on probation, you will probably not get very far. I believe, there are ways to protect your assets without making one feel like a second class citizen J .
In closing, if you have decided to take this course of action, know what you are getting yourself into: prepare to be a teacher and a student, realize that this “subject” takes a while to master, and under no circumstances take it lightly. If you do, you are just wasting everybody’s time. In a lot of cases the marriage deteriorates simply because one or both spouses do not fathom the depth of cultural differences and the need to learn and adapt to them . Multicultural marriages require a lot of work and if you want to make one last, you better be ready to roll up your sleeves and put in the time. Too many of the Russian-bride situations I know have ended badly or are ongoing and ought to end. As many of you already know, a successful marriage is something you have to work at – it doesn’t just happen. It is filled with more challenges than one can imagine. When both spouses are from the same country, speak the same language, and share the same culture, the divorce rate is close to one out of every two. With that in mind, you can easily imagine the struggles these couple face when they are from very different cultures, speak vastly different languages, and do not equally share in the risks associated with getting married. If after reading the material you are still planning to find someone special in Russia, here are some words that you might find helpful :-) .
жена (wife)
У него очень красивая жена. (He has a very beautiful wife.)
муж (husband)
Мой бывший муж очень много работал. (My ex-husband worked a lot.)
Давай поженимся!(Let’s get married!)
Выходи за меня замуж. (Marry me. – when a man proposes)
Катя, выходи за меня замуж! (Katya, marry me!)
Женись на мне. (Marry me. – when a woman offers herself as a wife)
Она его на себе женила. (She made him marry her).
молодожены (newlyweds)
Молодожены возвращаются завтра. (The newlyweds are coming back tomorrow.)
развод (divorce)
понимание (understanding)
гармония (harmony)
любовь (love)

Friday, December 5, 2014

Client's loyalty is earned

Every WG who is worth her salt has a number of very loyal clients.
Delivering great service is only a part of that equation. More often than not these "hard-core" fans developed as a result of a special connection, extra effort that WG put into the meetings, her willingness to listen, to understand and to provide, if even for a short period of time a "safe place" where a client is not judged and feels he can talk about anything.
This type of connection is not possible with each and every client: often because a client does not look for it or wants it, or because the chemistry is just not there.
It doesn't mean these other clients get bad service or less of a service: they just receive what they came for and happily go forth without giving it a second thought.
A lot of work goes into truly helping someone who needs it and asks for it: the task is so much more than a simple physical relief. It is not an easy task by any stretch of imagination. Sometimes people unburden their very souls, tell us things they simply cannot tell anyone else. We provide emotional support and sometimes guide them out of very dark places. It is an amazing feeling when we succeed!
A lot of WGs are generous with their time and give plenty when they feel a client really needs it or they are the only support system a client has (sometimes it becomes quite obvious).
Trust is essential in these situations and once achieved will most likely remain for a long time, if not forever.
Sex workers the world over do amazing job helping people every day. These clients are forever grateful and I know from personal experience they don't forget your kindness and generosity of spirit.
Which brings me to another point.
These loyal clients take personal affront when some random anonymous person (or persons) who never met/booked their favorite WG launches an attack on her on Internet forums. They take a very dim view of that.
Truth is, you never know who is who (as in real life) on the forums: that guy you are calling " a loser", "wanker" or "pussy whipped" (or accuse of being “fake”-as in non-existent person with the profile created by WG herself) could be a banker in charge of granting your next loan, a councilman in charge of granting your permits, a person in charge of inspections of your business or simply a consumer/potential client for your goods and services.
There are plenty "keyboard warriors" out there who don't even partake in the industry, yet don't hesitate to offer their opinions on everything and sundry make snarky remarks about WGs, their service and appearance. Usually these are guys who are deeply unsatisfied with their lives, but instead of making an effort to better it, they chose to spend their lives complaining, whingeing and put others down every chance they get to make themselves feel better.
I realise some might be stuck at a "dead end" mindless job that allows plenty of time to spend online. Well, perhaps use that time to take an online course or two which will help you to earn more money which in turn could help you propel yourself out of the situation you're in? Just a thought.
Christmas and New Year is upon us. Traditionally, this is the time for New Year resolutions. Let us all resolve to be kinder to each other and the world will be kinder to us.

Happy holidays, everyone!